COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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Updated - effective from 14 May 2020 until further notice. Under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 visitor access to health facilities continues to be restricted.– details for all facilities...

Last updated:
29 April 2020

Please remember, limiting our interactions with others is our best defence against COVID-19. Please don’t visit the hospital if you don’t need to. The following level 2 visitor restrictions are in place for all Canterbury DHB health facilities:

  • Visitors will be screened and asked to provide contact details upon arrival
  • Visitors who are unwell or have suspicion of COVID-19 will not be able to enter
  • Aged residential care: no visitors, however, family visits for palliative care residents who do not have COVID-19 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Specific and detailed visitor restrictions that apply to each hospital are available on our COVID-19 page.

Lincoln Community Maternity Unit

We are baby-friendly accredited

We are a Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) accredited maternity unit, supporting mama and whānau to feed their babies.

For more information see, you can also read our Breastfeeding Policy (400KB, PDF) 

Lincoln Maternity Hospital is located approximately 25 minutes’ drive South West of Christchurch and provides primary birthing care and postnatal maternity services. In collaboration with your Lead Maternity Carer, Lincoln Hospital 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 Lincoln do so, but occasionally a transfer to tertiary services at Christchurch Women's Hospital is necessary. Lincoln Hospital 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 Lincoln for your postnatal care, either directly from the Birthing Suite, or from the Maternity Ward.

Visiting hours

There are temporary visitor restrictions to all maternity services due to COVID-19

Details of visitors restrictions for Lincoln Maternity Hospital...

Friends and family are welcome to visit between 2.00pm - 4.00pm and 7.00pm - 8.00pm
Partners can visit anytime during the day, up to 10.00pm

In all our primary units we now offer partners the option to stay 1 night, this may be the first night or an alternative night. All our units have either a queen bed, fold out beds or lazy boys to accommodate this. The CDHB has a consent form for partners to sign agreeing that they will support the mother and baby and abide by any health and safety regulations outlined by staff.

Lincoln Maternity Walkthrough Video

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Page last updated: 4 May 2020

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