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.

Christchurch Women’s Hospital Maternity Services

COVID-19 related guidance

Christchurch Women's Hospital temporary visitor restrictions due to COVID-19 From 30 April 2020

  • Acute Assessment – one support person only to accompany someone presenting for acute assessment
  • Women in labour in a maternity facility are allowed two support partners from her extended bubble for the duration of the labour and birth
  • Women who have had an elective caesarean section are allowed one support person
  • For the duration of their postnatal stay a woman can have one named support person from the above bubble who will be able to visit once per day for any length of time from 10am-8pm (they will have to sign in at reception)
  • All visitors to our maternity facilities must sign in each time they visit.

More information about visiting hospitals...

Guidance for COVID-19 positive mothers

Taking whenua (placenta) and pito (umbilical cord) home after birth (PDF, 340KB)

Did you birth your baby during the Aotearoa COVID-19 level 4 lockdown? 

Kia ora, We would really appreciate you completing a survey and telling us if and how you:

  • changed your plans,
  • how the experience was for you, and
  • if there is anything you want us to know in case we ever have a lockdown again.

Many thanks, the Canterbury Maternity team 🙂

The seven-level hospital is next to Christchurch Hospital, located in Christchurch central city, on Riccarton Avenue, between South Hagley Park and the Botanical gardens.

The maternity services at Christchurch Women's Hospital are specialised to provide care for women who have medical problems or are experiencing complications in their pregnancy. It is staffed 24 hours a day. Clinical staff liaise with your Lead Maternity Carer to provide your care.

Antenatal clinics and classes in Christchurch

Antenatal Clinics are located on the ground floor of Christchurch Women's Hospital. Clinics operate Monday to Friday.

Information about exercise in pregnancy classesparenting classes and breastfeeding classes can be read on our Pregnancy and Birth Journey page.

Parking and public transport at the hospital

Parking is not available on the hospital grounds. Eleven bus routes pass the hospital. Commercial car parking venues are located among the several nearby blocks. There is also the hospital's shuttle bus service from Lichfield St car park available.

What Matters to You?

We value the feedback you can give about your experience using our maternity facilities and services. Please take an opportunity to tell us how it was for you using our online form or you can download, print and post us your feedback on the postage paid feedback form

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) 

Join the Canterbury maternity community on Facebook

Our Facebook page is to inform and update on what is happening in the maternity community. It also provides an environment for valuable consumer feedback. The administrators on this page are part of the Maternity Quality Safety Programme as coordinators and consumer members. This is Ministry of Health initiative to encourage and promote consumer engagement in the maternity services.

Page last updated: 18 May 2020

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