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After birth - your postnatal stay

After birth, depending on how well you are, you and your baby will be cared for at one of two places: Birthcare or Auckland City Hospital.

Babies that are born prematurely (before 37 weeks pregnancy), or require more specialised care, will be cared for by our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Auckland City Hospital.

Postnatal stay at Birthcare

Through a partnership, Birthcare Auckland provides high-quality postnatal care for women and babies who are in good health after birth. Birthcare provides breastfeeding advice, physiotherapy, and parenting education. Birthcare has a large team of experienced midwives and nurses, including lactation consultants. A paediatrician is also available if needed.

Mothers who have had a normal birth at Auckland City Hospital and are in good health will be transferred to Birthcare a few hours after giving birth. If you have had a Caesarean section at Auckland City Hospital and are recovering well after 24 hours, you will be transferred to Birthcare for the rest of your postnatal care. 

For more information on Birthcare's facilities, costs, and what to expect, visit the Birthcare website().

Postnatal stay at Auckland City Hospital

If you need more complex care following birth, you will stay in one of our postnatal wards at Auckland City Hospital. This includes Wards 96, 98, and Tāmaki Ward.

The length of your stay will vary according to your individual needs. On average, whānau who have had a vaginal birth will be discharged straight from the Birthing Suite to Birthcare or Home. Whānau who have had a caesarean section will stay up to 48hrs and then will be transferred to Birthcare or discharged home.


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