Hospitals & Services
Find out about the maternity facilities at Rangiora Hospital.
About Rangiora Health Hub
Rangiora Maternity Unit is located in North Canterbury, approximately 40 minutes drive from Christchurch city centre.
Rangiora Health Hub provides
primary birthing care and postnatal maternity services for women in the Waimakariri & Hurunui Districts of North Canterbury. In collaboration with your Lead Maternity Carer, Rangiora Maternity Unit 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 Rangiora do so, but occasionally a transfer to tertiary services at Christchurch Women's Hospital is necessary.
Rangiora Maternity Unit is fully equipped for childbirth, and the midwives are regularly trained to deal with emergencies.
Primary Birthing Units provide a relaxed homelike environment enabling uninterrupted birth and adjustment to parenthood, with time to support you during breastfeeding. This may include an extended stay to establish breastfeeding if you live remotely.
If you birth at
Christchurch Women's Hospital, you can be transferred to Rangiora for your postnatal care, either directly from the Birthing Suite, or from the Maternity Ward.
Rangiora Health Hub has two birthing rooms including a large bath, seven postnatal rooms and four general convalescent beds.
You are invited to come and see the facilities, the beautiful surroundings and meet the friendly staff. Simply call first and arrange with a midwife to show you around and answer any questions you may have.
The Friends of
Rangiora Health Hub is a voluntary organisation who support and promote the services at
Rangiora Health Hub and encourage community involvement. Their main fundraising comes from a well-stocked Plant Cart in the grounds and a craft cabinet with baby clothing.
A new Health Hub is currently in the process of construction in the
Rangiora Health Hub grounds which is due for completion in October 2015. This will replace the current hospital and consist of 4 assessment rooms, 2 large birthing rooms with pools, 12 postnatal rooms, 4 flexi (convalescent) beds, a commercial kitchen and staff area.
Wifi is not currently available although a wifi stick can be used. Wifi will be available in the new facility.
A portable patient telephone is available for local calls. There is no card payphone available. You are welcome to bring your own mobile phone. This can be used freely within the facility, while respecting others' privacy and consideration for those requiring rest.
TV is available in the mothers' lounge. Televisions will be available in all postnatal rooms when the new facility opens.
One newspaper is purchased each day by staff which is available to mother on request.
All meals are delicious 'home cooked' style meals prepared on site, and cater for all dietary requirements.
The health hub has a commercial kitchen staffed by a cook who has knowledge and expertise to provide any special dietary requirement. It is advisable for your LMC to notify the staff on or before admission to discuss these.
There is a mothers' tearoom available to make hot drinks for mothers and partners 24hrs a day. Morning tea e.g. muffins, pikelets, scones are provided in this room at 10am daily. A selection of biscuits, cheese and crackers, fruit, and flavoured milk are available to snack on. If you are hungry, please ask the staff for extra food. There are no snacks and drinks vending machines. There is no on-site cafe.
Rangiora Health Hub
161 Ashley Street
Fax: 03 313 7682
For street directions view
Friends and family: 10am -12noon and 2.00pm and 8.00pm dailyPartners: 7am - 10pm daily
Parents with small children are asked to consider the comfort of new mothers.
Arrangements for fathers to stay are currently not routinely offered as the rooms are very small and there are privacy issues for other mothers.
Rangiora Health Hub provides free pregnancy testing. No appointment is necessary for this service.
Pregnancy and Parenting Education Classes
Infant CPR education
Once over the 6 week period there is an opportunity to come to the Health Hub at 6pm for one hour for an Infant CPR Session provided by the Red Cross. There is a $5 per person charge for this.
Hearing screening is provided at Rangiora Health Hub on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. If a baby misses having this done while in hospital an appointment will be made for baby to be seen at Rangiora Health Hub as an outpatient in the next few weeks.
All midwives on staff have completed 21 hours of breastfeeding study over the past 5 years and have the knowledge and skills to support you with breastfeeding.
If a mother requires a referral to a Lactation Consultant this will be made to either
Christchurch Women's Hospital or the Rural Canterbury PHO Lactation Consultant who may visit you at hospital or at home.
Community Services in North Canterbury
Plunket covers the whole of North Canterbury
Pacific Trust & Te Puawaitanga Ki Otautahi Trust cover as far north as Leithfield.
Referrals to Well Child Services can be sent after birth to a service provider.
Rangiora Plunket Nurse collects enrolment forms weekly from Rangiora Hospital.
All women using Rangiora Maternity Unit 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.
For a full list of the convenient ways that you can contact us, refer to the Contact Us page
Connect With Us