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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

Friends and family are welcome to visit between 3pm to 8pm
Partners can visit anytime from 8am to 10pm

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: 18 May 2021

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