Are you having a baby soon?
Latest News 3 April 2020 | Our Middlemore hospital birthing and assessment unit and maternity wards, and our birthing units in Botany Downs, Papakura and Pukekohe are open and operating as normal. We look forward to seeing you when you are ready to give birth.
We have plans in place to keep you and baby safe and your midwife is the best person to talk to if you have any questions or concerns.
There are also some things you can do to help ensure your safety and the safety of others as part of our planning for COVID-19.
No visitor policy
To keep our patients and staff safe, we have a no visitor policy at Middlemore hospital and all our other sites including our hospital maternity areas and the birthing units. There is an exception however – women in labour can have one person to stay with them during labour and birth. That support person must be the same person for the duration of labour and birth. After baby is born and when you are transferred to a ward or unit, your support person will be asked to leave.
Please make sure that you bring everything you need with you for your entire stay when you come in to give birth. This stops any unnecessary coming and going during your stay. Items to bring include snacks, clothing for mum and baby to go home in, toiletries, baby blankets and a car seat to take baby home.
With restrictions in place on face-to-face consultations with your family doctor, we suggest you discuss your contraception needs before you leave the hospital or birthing unit after baby is born. We may be able to support you with contraception options before you leave.
If you are planning a home birth, only the people living in your home (bubble) and your midwife (and a second midwife for the birth) should be in your home. Please don’t let other whaanau (family) members visit during your time of labour, birth and after baby is born as this increases the risk of introducing COVID-19 into your whare (home) putting at risk your whaanau and your midwife.