Your postnatal stay

After birth, depending on how well you are, you and your baby will be cared for at one of two facilities:

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

Postnatal stay at Birthcare

Through a partnership arrangement, Birthcare Auckland provides high-quality postnatal care for women and babies who are in good health following birth. Birthcare provides expert postnatal care for mothers and babies, breastfeeding advice, physiotherapy, and parenting education. The facility 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 transfered to Birthcare within a few hours of giving birth. If you have had a caesarian section at Auckland City Hospital, and are recovering well after 24 hours, you will be transferred to Birthcare for the remainder 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

Should you require more complex care following birth, you will be admitted to one of our postnatal wards at Auckland City Hospital. This includes Wards 98 and Tamaki.

The length of your stay will vary according to your individual needs. On average, women who have had a vaginal birth will stay up to 48 hours and women who have had a caesarean section will stay up to five days.


What to expect after birth

Find out more about skin-to-skin contact, breastfeeding and administration of Vitamin K after birth.



Keeping well after birth

It is important not to forget to take care of yourself after birth. Your LMC will perform regular checks to make sure you're recovering well from childbirth, but there are a number of things you can do to take care of yourself.