How much does it cost to stay at Helensville Birthing Centre? 

Birthing at Helensville Birthing Centre is free to all New Zealand residents and women eligible for free maternity care

How long can I stay? 

The usual stay is two nights. Extra nights are negotiated by your LMC.

How do I book to birth my baby at HBC? 

Fill in the Booking Form, ask your midwife to fill in her part of the form, then get it back to us.
Your form can be emailed to bookings@helensvillebirthingcentre.co.nz  or posted to PO Box 13, Helensville 0840
Your midwife will need to have an access agreement with us. (MIdwives know about this)

How do I book to stay after birthing at a hospital, or at home? 

Fill in the Booking Form, ask your midwife to fill in her part of the form, then get it back to us.
Your form can be emailed to bookings@helensvillebirthingcentre.co.nz  or posted to PO Box 13, Helensville 0840.
Your midwife will need to have an access agreement with us. (MIdwives know about this)

What do I do if I want to come to HBC but my midwife doesn't have an access agreement with HBC? 

You can encourage your midwife to get an access agreement.
Your midwife can email bookings@helensvillebirthingcentre.co.nz 

I have sent in my booking form. What happens next? 

You can expect to hear from us with in 1-2 weeks.
You will receive a confirmation letter in the post, or an email explaining the status of your booking application.

Can I be sure of a bed? 

Yes, if you give birth at HBC. But if you are transferring to us after birthing at a hospital, or home, it is possible that there may not be a bed available. It all depends on bed availability on the day that you need to transfer and there is no way to predict this. Priority is given to residents of the South Kaipara area.              

Your midwife needs to call us as soon as your baby is born, to enquire about bed availability, and arrange your transfer to us.
               
If you have had a normal birth you need to transfer to us within 12-24 hours of the birth
If you have had a caesarean birth you need to transfer to us with 24-48 hours of the birth

Can I choose my room? 

Not usually.

Can my partner stay? 

Yes

How long can my partner stay? 

Partners are welcome to stay the first night, and are welcome to visit at any time.
Partners can sometimes stay the second night also. Please ask at the time.
               

If my partner can't stay with me, can someone else stay to support me? 

This can sometimes happen, by arrangement with the manager. Please ask.

Will my partner be fed by HBC? 

Partners can have breakfast. They are welcome to get it themselves from the kitchen. They can also have tea, coffee, biscuits etc. You will be provided some fridge space to store personal food.
There are many food outlets very close by. NB, Many close at 9pm

Do you cater for vegetarians / vegans / gluten free / dairy free? 

Yes. But you are most welcome to bring your own food.

Can I bring my own food? 

You and your partner are welcome to bring your own food, store it on your shelf in the fridge, and to use the kitchen facilities

What should I bring to HBC? 

Your toiletries and clothing.
You can bring your own pillow, for your comfort, if you like. 
You will need a car seat for transporting your baby. 

What baby clothes do I need to bring? 

During the first few days it is good for you and your baby to spend lots of time skin to skin.
When not skin to skin your baby can be wrapped in a blanket, or two. This saves bothering your baby with lots of clothing changes.
HBC supplies small cotton ‘cuddlies’ to wrap your baby in, or you may wish to use your own baby blanket. Natural fibres are best. Polar fleece (which doesn’t ‘breathe’) is best used for an outer layer only.

Generally it’s thought best for babies to have 1-2 more layers than what adults are wearing. A cotton or woollen singlet, a jumpsuit or similar, a cardigan, a blanket, booties and a hat when outside is usual. 

Do you supply nappies? 

We supply cloth nappies and can show you how to use them. You are welcome to bring disposable nappies if you wish.

What are the visiting hours? 

2pm – 8pm
No children under the age of 16, unless they are your own, are permitted
No visitors with cold or flu symptoms 

Are children allowed to visit? 

No children under the age of 16, unless they are your own, are permitted

Can my other children visit? 

Yes, they can visit between 8am and 8pm

Which entrance do we come to? 

If you are in labour or transfering to us after having your baby elsewhere - drive around to the back of the building, walk up the ramp and press the buzzer at the back door. The staff will answer and let you in.

Others and visitors - enter at the Kaipara Medical Centre entrance, walk up the ramp and follow the signs to our front door. Press the buzzer and the staff will answer and let you in.

Do you have Wifi? 

No. We encourage you to savour this time with your baby.
There is 1 GB of Spark and Wifi in the public library nearby.

On my day of departure, what time do I need to leave by? 

It is helpful if you leave mid to late morning.

Can I have a tour of the centre? 

Yes. Please phone 420 8747 in the morning of the day that you would like to have a look around and the staff on duty will let you know if it is suitable that day. We can only show you the birthing room and the kitchen if all the postnatal rooms are occupied.

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