Hawkes Bay

Where to birth your baby

Home Birth
For a healthy, uncomplicated pregnancy you can plan to birth your baby at home with a midwife. Women who choose this option are more likely to have a normal birth and less likely to require medical interventions.
Local Birthing Unit
These units provide a home away from home environment and are a good option for women with uncomplicated pregnancies. Like home birth, women who choose a birthing unit, are more likely to have a normal birth and are less likely to require medical interventions.
Secondary or
Tertiary Hospital
These facilities are for women who require specialised care.

Home Birth

There are a number of midwives offering home birth care in your area. Research demonstrates that home birth is safe and provides a number of advantages, such as less intervention and a greater likelihood of normal birth and well babies. Home birth also supports women and their whanau to feel more physically and emotionally comfortable.

Birthing units

These units provide a home away from home environment and are a good option for women with uncomplicated pregnancies. Like home birth, women who choose a birthing unit, are more likely to have a normal birth and are less likely to require medical interventions.

Secondary / Tertiary Hospitals

These facilities are for women who require specialised care.