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Rangiora 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) 

Rangiora Community Maternity Unit is located within the Rangiora Health Hub and is located approximately 40 minutes’ drive from Christchurch and provides primary birthing care and postnatal maternity services. In collaboration with your Lead Maternity Carer, Rangiora 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 Rangiora do so, but occasionally a transfer to tertiary services at Christchurch Women's Hospital is necessary. Rangiora 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 Rangiora for your postnatal care, either directly from the Birthing Suite, or from the Maternity Ward.

You are welcome to come and see our facilities; 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.

Rangiora Maternity Unit Tour Video

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Page last updated: 22 June 2021

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