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Maternity unit

Based on the ground floor of Te Nīkau, Grey Hospital & Health Centre, the Maternity Unit is situated at the north end of the hospital, a short walk from the Peaberry cafe.  The Maternity Unit is a new modern well equipped unit with two birthing rooms; each having its own birthing pool and six antenatal / postnatal bedrooms available for our women.  Each bedroom has its own en suite and television.  There is a shared public kitchen area available for women and their whanau to use during their stay. 

Day Wear

  • Comfortable clothes suitable for breastfeeding, which open at the front or separate at the waist
  • Bras – maternity bra or soft bra (as breast size can vary significantly)
  • Breast-pads
  • Underpants suitable for wearing a sanitary pad

Night Wear

  • Nighties or pyjamas, dressing gown (remember convenience for breastfeeding), slippers with good grip soles

Also Bring

  • Birth plan
  • West Coast Breastfeeding Handbook
  • Breastfeeding Plan
  • Relaxation CDs / iPOD
  • Maternity notes
  • Nutritious snacks
  • Barley sugars for labour
  • Camera
  • Pen (for completing baby’s feed chart)



  • Biscuits / snacks, fruit
  • Decaffeinated coffee or herbal tea
  • Lip balm
  • Headband/hair ties
  • Pillow / pillow case
  • Jandals for shower

For Baby in the Maternity Unit

  • Hat and booties (woollen)
  • Baby wrap – shawl or blanket
  • Baby clothes, including singlets, gowns or ‘all in ones’
  • Something to wipe baby’s bottom (e.g. soft cloths)

Car seat

In accordance with NZ legislation your baby must travel in a car seat. Please make sure you are familiar with how to put your seat into your car and that your car seat complies with NZ Safety Standards.

Find a child restraint technician

Make sure you are familiar with how to install your baby / child car seat into your vehicle and that it complies with New Zealand safety standards. To find a local child restraint technician to assisting in fitting your car seat, please click here:

Child Restraint Information

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Preparing for going home

On the day of your discharge please arrange to be picked up and plan to leave by 11.00 am. You will need to ensure you have a car seat to take baby home and suitable clothing for baby.

Before coming into Te Nīkau Hospital & Health Centre, please notify your Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) midwife who will arrange your admission to the facility.

In some circumstances partners may be allowed to stay in the unit overnight. However, this depends on whether there is space in the unit at the time, and is at the discretion of the unit manager.

Motherhood is an exciting, but tiring time. Mums and their new baby/pēpi need time to get to know each other.

However, we also recognise that on the Coast whānau may have to travel some distance to meet their new whanau member.

So, we’ve updated our visiting hours by adding an additional time slot for visitors. This adds flexibility for whanau and friends, but still gives our Mums and their baby /pēpi some uninterrupted rest time

  • Visiting hours are 10am – 12pm and 4pm to 8pm.
  • Visitors that mums have nominated can visit at any time but only one visitor at a time, and they must be a well-adult.
  • No child visitors at this time please (see ‘exceptions’ further up the page).

To keep our Mums, babies and everyone safe:

  • Sterilise hands on entry to the Maternity Unit
  • Do not visit if there any signs of coughs, colds, sore throat, infection or a runny nose
  • Do not visit if you have had diarrhoea or vomiting  within the last 48 hours

Please use hand sanitiser provide in the maternity unit before and after touching a baby or new mother.

After-hours access

To access after 8.30pm and before 6am (if you are one of the mother’s nominated visitors) enter the front doors of the main entrance to Te Nīkau, Grey Hospital & Health Centre. On the right hand side there is a red phone which will connect you directly to the front desk receptionist.  The receptionist will open the doors and let the Maternity unit know you have arrived.  If you require assistance, an orderly or Maternity Unit staff member will escort you.

Page last updated: 14 July 2021

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