Maternity Facilities at Ashburton Hospital

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Ashburton Maternity Centre is a Primary Birthing Unit and is located in Canterbury approximately one hour's drive south of Christchurch.

In collaboration with your Lead Maternity Carer, Ashburton can offer you 24 hour, safe, flexible and supportive midwifery care during, and / or after, the birth of your baby. Pregnancy and birth are normal physiological processes for the majority of women. If you have no complications detected, the option of birthing at a primary unit should be offered and encouraged. By choosing to birth at a primary facility, you are more likely to have a normal birth and less likely to need interventions. Most women who choose to birth at Ashburton do so, but occasionally a transfer to tertiary services at Christchurch Women's Hospital is necessary. Ashburton Maternity Centre is fully equipped for childbirth, and the midwives are regularly trained to deal with emergencies. 

Primary Birthing Units provide a relaxed home-like environment enabling uninterrupted birth and adjustment to parenthood, with time to support you during breastfeeding. You are invited to come and see the facilities and meet the friendly staff. Simply call first and arrange with a midwife to show you around and answer any questions you may have.

If you birth at Christchurch Women's Hospital, you may choose to transfer to Ashburton Maternity Centre for your postnatal care, either directly from the Birthing Suite, or from the Maternity Ward.


  • Three fully equipped birthing rooms,

  • Two birthing pools

  • Spa bath

  • Bidets

  • Two double bedrooms so your partner or support person can stay with you

  • Three single postnatal rooms

  • All rooms have lazy boys should you wish your support person to stay with you overnight

  • Swiss balls, birthing stools are available during labour

  • Sunny lounge and fully stocked kitchen for tea, coffee and toast and biscuits, opening on to an enclosed courtyard garden.


  • Wi-Fi Internet access is available (reception is limited in some of the rooms) and you can purchase access cards from the main hospital reception.

  • Mobile phones are able to be used in all of the rooms unless your LMC requests it be turned off for a short period when using some of the equipment.

  • Women are welcome to use the ward phone line to make or receive local calls.

  • There is a TV and DVD player available in the lounge.


  • All your dietary requirements are catered for.

  • A supper of scones, muffins or cakes is available in the evenings and toast, biscuits and tea or coffee are always available in the lounge.

  • On-site café for visitors is open from 7am-7pm with full meals available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Medirest catering is renowned for providing excellent food, with plenty of choices to cater for varying diets.  The menu is on a 3 week cycle and is styled for your nutritional needs with becoming a new mother.

Café Pulse is open Monday – Sunday, 7am – 7pm.  The café is at the back of the hospital and the place to find good coffee and a homemade toastie or scone.  The cabinets are stocked with simple but appealing light lunch options and the menu is a creative take on café fare with our Sunday roasts being very popular. Hot meals are available each night after 5pm.  Dine in or takeaway option are available.  Meals can be pre-ordered and paid for and will be delivered to you in Maternity for your partner or for your enjoyment, so there is no need to leave the building. A selection of frozen meals can be purchased for when you return home after the birth of your baby.


Ashburton Hospital

34 Elizabeth Street

Ashburton, 7700

General enquiries 03 307 8450

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Daily 10am-8pm

Partners any time

Your partner or support person is welcome to stay with you during your time in the Centre either in one of our double-bedded rooms or on the lazy boy loungers in our single rooms.


Pregnancy testing

Ashburton Maternity Centre provides free pregnancy testing.

Pregnancy and Parenting Education Classes

Ashburton Maternity Centre holds pregnancy and parenting classes on a regular basis. Phone the Centre on 03 307 8483 for dates and bookings or visit Canterbury Childbirth to view a schedule of classes and register. 

Newborn Hearing Screening

Newborn hearing screeners visit the Centre once a week on a Wednesday. If you are not in the unit at the time then an appointment will be sent to you to come in for a visit in the following weeks.


Your LMC can refer you to a lactation consultant who visits the unit once a week on a Tuesday and also provides advice and support at a distance when needed.

Breastfeeding pumps are available to borrow when needed.


An appointment can be arranged for you to see a Dietitian through a referral from your LMC, staff midwife or GP, if you meet the referral criteria. Your midwife will let you know if a referral is appropriate.

Paediatric clinic

An appointment can be arranged for you to see the visiting paediatric consultant for non-urgent reasons through a referral from your LMC midwife.

Maori Health

Maori Health Cultural Advisor is available for pre-arranged appointments.

Support groups

Ashburton newcomers network(03) 308 1395
Breastfeeding support groups
Meets Mondays 10-12, Plunket Centre, 222 Cameron St,
For information contact Ellie (03) 3087894, 021807762
FACEBOOK GROUP: Breastfeeding Mid Canterbury
Mother4Mother Breastfeeding Support: Free phone 0800 800 743 ext 212, 027 5881007,
Multiple birth(03) 308 5272; 0800 489 467
Parent; Fiona (03) 307 2240 
Ashburton Plunket03 3085272
Plunket car seat rental03 3082024
Birthright Ashburton
Birthright works with single parent families throughout New Zealand to facilitate the growth of confidence, skills and resilience within the family unit and its individual members.
Relationships, (03) 308 9328
SEEDS (safer Ashburton district)03 308 1395


Other Services

All women using the Ashburton Maternity Hospital have access to all the maternity services and out-patient services provided through the CDHB. These are mainly located at Christchurch Women’s Hospital. You should talk with your LMC to access the services.​

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Page last reviewed: 09 January 2015
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