St George’s Maternity provides a caring and friendly service, designed around your individual needs.
Our team will provide you with personalised care that will relax and reassure you through one of the most exciting and emotional experiences of your life.
The Centre provides compassionate and family focused birthing and post-natal services and is the ideal environment for healthy women planning a normal birth in a whānau -focused atmosphere. This includes first time mothers. St George’s Maternity works closely with many of Canterbury’s Lead Maternity Carers (LMCs), to provide expert care in a warm and nurturing setting.
With a birthing pool, fully equipped birthing rooms, plus comfortable single rooms with ensuites, the Centre provides a safe and comfortable environment for women and their families.
Flexible visiting hours are available to partners, baby’s siblings and grandparents, as we understand that it can be hard to work around specified visiting times.
St George's Maternity has a reputation for excellent care. Our team of highly experienced staff include breastfeeding specialists and lactation consultants who provide additional support to women at free breastfeeding clinics and by appointment.
Feedback from women, their family and whānau highlight the welcoming environment, lovely atmosphere, delicious food and easy car parking.
Any woman who meets the criteria to birth at a community facility and is eligible to receive maternity services in New Zealand can have their baby at St George’s, free of charge.
Additional to the free (CDHB funded) service, St George’s Maternity provides a private offering, which prioritises your place at the Centre for birth and after-care. Please call us on 03 375 6020 for more details.
Who can stay at St George’s Maternity?
St George’s Maternity holds a contract with the Canterbury District Health Board. As a community birthing centre, care is provided to women and their babies for:
- An uncomplicated pregnancy, where there has been no major complications in a previous pregnancy
- Labour and birth, whereby the labour will be spontaneous after 37 weeks gestation and will not be induced or stimulated with medication
- Postnatal care, where the baby has been born elsewhere and mother and child transfer to the Centre within 14 hours of birth.
Visiting under COVID-19 Delta Alert Level 2:
As at 11.59 pm on Tuesday 7 September 2021 Canterbury will move to COVID-19 Delta Alert Level 2 and St George’s Hospital will be operating under Delta Alert Level 2 protocols.
Due to Delta Alert Level 2 visitor restrictions are in place at St George’s Hospital:
- women in labour are allowed two support people only for the duration of the labour and birth
- for the duration of the postnatal stay a woman can have one named support person who will be able to visit. Siblings of the new baby may accompany this person as long as they are well
For more information please visit:
The Ministry of Health webpage – https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus
MoH locations of interest – click here for the latest information/list
The Unite against COVID-19 webpage – https://covid19.govt.nz/