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Find out about the maternity facilities at Ashburton Hospital.
About Ashburton Hospital
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
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.
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.
34 Elizabeth Street
General enquiries 03 307 8450
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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.
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.
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 Cultural Advisor is available for pre-arranged appointments.
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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