If you live within the Auckland DHB area, you have three main options for where to give birth:
You can learn more about these options in the section below. If you have further questions, you can discuss these with your lead maternity carer or contact our Walk-In Centre for advice.
Homebirths are a safe option for healthy women who have an uncomplicated pregnancy.
Childbirth is often portrayed as a high-risk event. In reality, many complications are predictable. There are a few cases where a woman may need to be transferred to hospital before birth. This may happen when labour progresses too slowly, or there is a need for medical pain relief or other specialised care.
It is important to consider the health of both you and your unborn baby, and the distance to a hospital where you can receive timely care.
If you choose to give birth at home, please ensure you find an LMC who specialises in home births.
Birthcare is Auckland District Health Board's primary birthing unit for birthing and postnatal care. Birthcare is suitable for women who want a natural birth and is designed for those with no complications during pregnancy.
Our Labour & Birthing suite is one of the largest maternity units in New Zealand, providing both midwifery-led and specialist obstetric care.