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Where to give birth

There are several different options for where to give birth in Canterbury. You should talk to your LMC about these options and they will be able to help you decide where is the right place for you.

At home

Around 3% of women in Canterbury give birth at home. Many women feel more relaxed in a home environment. If you are keen to explore this option, make sure you choose an LMC who is able to support home birth and they will be able to give you the information you need to make the right decision. For more information about home birth, have a look at the following websites:

Home Birth Aotearoa

Home Birth Canterbury

At a primary birthing facility

This is a dedicated birthing facility providing antenatal, inpatient birthing and postnatal services. Experienced midwives staff these units. This Ministry of Health webpage provides information about the services provided by the different facilities in Canterbury. For more information about each facility, speak to your LMC.

At a secondary/tertiary birthing facility

Christchurch Women's Hospital provides standard maternity services. It also manages more complex deliveries that arise either during birth or that have been identified in the antenatal period.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated July 2016.

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