We look forward to caring for you, your baby, and whānau

At Helensville Birthing Centre we offer a supportive, private and welcoming birthing experience. Located in the rural community of Helensville, our recently renovated facility includes a well-equipped yet homely birthing room with soft furniture, gentle lighting, and a spacious birthing pool.

Whether you birth at home or in hospital, you can still stay with us for your postnatal care. Here you can rest and recharge in those precious early days with locally-sourced, healthy meals and bond with your pēpi (baby). During your stay, our experienced postnatal nurses, midwives and lactation consultants are available round-the-clock to support you, your pēpi and whānau. You have the comfort and privacy of your own room and bathroom, partners can stay for the entire time, and you get to enjoy excellent staff to parent ratios.

Before birth, we support you and your whānau with our pregnancy and parenting classes. In the few days after birth and beyond, our lactation consultants and peer supporters help you begin and continue breastfeeding with confidence. All of our services are free to New Zealand residents and women eligible for free maternity services.

Our Philosophy

We believe that birth is a natural process.

We believe women have the right to full information that enables them to choose their method and intervention, ensuring maximum safety and comfort for both mother and baby, throughout their stay with us.

We believe breastfeeding is essential to the early development of the parent/child relationship and the ongoing health of the infant.

E ai ki a mātou, he āhuatanga motuhake te whānau pēpi.

E ai ki a mātou, he tika kia whakamōhio whānuitia ngā rangahautanga katoa, kia taea e ngā whaea te kōwhiri ngā rautaki tiaki pēpi e hāngai ana, hei āhurutanga mō rāua taxi.

Ko te whāngai ū te kai matua e pā ana ki te hononga kei waenga i te whaeame tana pēpi me te hauora tonutanga o te pēpi.

Helensville Birthing Centre

is situated in Auckland’s rural northwest.
It is a registered charity (registration number 57613) and owned by the Helensville District Health Trust.
We’re grateful for any donations/koha.
Donations or bequests are tax deductible and can be sent to: Helensville Birthing Centre, PO Box 13, Helensville.
You can also give through Helensville Birthing Centre’s givealittle page.

About Us

Our Centre

Helensville Birthing Centre is a primary birthing facility offering a comfortable, private and supportive environment for normal birth. With four private overnight stay rooms and a full kitchen and meal provision, our Centre is well staffed and focuses on ensuring our mothers and their newborns have all the rest, support, and care they need. A peaceful outdoor space — Charm’s Garden — has been created for families and siblings to relax outdoors and bond with the new baby.

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What our whānau have to say

Eartha, Fiona and Michelle are some of the most amazing people I’ve met and are the best midwives ever! Helping me give birth to a handsome boy in June 2022. I was extremely nervous as this was number 3 and my two births were very challenging. I was lucky enough to have the same midwives for all three. Eartha asked “what’s something we can do differently this time that might make it easier than the first two?”. And we came up with the idea of a home birth. This plan freaked me out big time, but with their full support and experience we did it! I gave birth at home in a birthing pool, which I was able to hire from the centre. The calm presence and knowledge that these women brought to my home birth was just phenomenal. I couldn’t have done it without them. I’d definitely recommend a home birth with these lovely ladies any day. Me and my partner are very grateful to have had the Helensville Birthing Centre Whanau guide us through all our birthing experiences and those early days of parenthood. They answer any questions you have promptly and are always just a quick phone call away when you need them. Forever thankful!

Nga Mihi

Martika and Jonathan

Martika and Jonathan

Aug 2022

When I first became pregnant I knew I wanted to have a natural birth and to breastfeed. With the incredible support of Michelle and the team at the Helensville Birthing Centre I was able to achieve both of those goals. I felt supported, empowered, respected and encouraged as I navigated those challenging 1st few days at the Birthing Centre when everything felt new and overwhelming. No question was to silly, no problem to big, and the reassurance of knowing that the lovely ladies at the birthing centre were there to help and pop their head around the corner when they could hear things weren’t going well made the world of difference. Debbie taught me how to feed while lying down which has been a god send in my breastfeeding journey. With the help of all of you in the early days and especially Michelle in the following weeks I was able to establish breastfeeding and I haven’t stopped since! After a few months of tandem feeding Archie naturally weaned at almost 3, and I am still feeding my 1 year old Oliver. I was fortunate to go through the Breastfeeding Peer Support training. It has been so helpful not only in my breastfeeding journey but for so many mums in our community that have just needed a little encouragement, a few simple ideas or tricks as they embark on their breastfeeding journey’s. I am so grateful that there is such huge support for women who want to breastfeed in our community. From the antenatal classes, to our dedicated midwives, the Birthing Centre, then ongoing support of LC’s, birthing centre coffee groups etc we are spoilt for choice. It is inspiring to have such passionate, dedicated women who go above and beyond time and time again for us. I am forever grateful for you all

Emily Dickson

Dec 2020

I’m incredibly grateful for the team at the Helensville Birthing Unit. I gave birth the first time there and stayed three nights afterwards. Being able to call upon the staff night or day for assistance in establishing breastfeeding was amazing. I felt so supported and no question of mine went unanswered. After I left the birthing centre, breastfeeding didn’t feel totally right and there was some pain. Although I wasn’t in agony I was frustrated at not being able to get it right! I met with one of the lactation consultants, Marie, and a minor tongue-tie was diagnosed. Marie encouraged me that I was doing everything right otherwise and was very supportive. I went in to have the tongue-tie released and gradually over time breastfeeding became wonderful and natural. I continued until my son was 16 months old when he self-weaned. Thank you to Michelle, my midwife, Marie, my lactation consultant, and all the staff that are on call 24/7 at the birthing centre to help with breastfeeding. Your support is incredible and so valued!

Rachel Mccoll

Dec 2020

On Tuesday October 7th 2013 at 41w5d I headed to be induced at north shore hospital, where my midwife Michelle planned to join us once I was in more established labour. However, after a terrifying ordeal, my son was transferred to NICU intensive care in Auckland and I was transferred not long after to be with him. Despite being discharged to hospital care, Michelle came to visit every few days to check on me and see how our son Leo was doing. We were discharged by day 12 and Michelle had arranged for us to be transferred to the birth unit so that we could establish breastfeeding, something that I wasn’t receiving much support on from the hospital. Our first night there was a long one, the midwife on duty at the time spent two hours with us to observe him feed and then provide some options to help him get a proper latch and off the nipple shield. We had her complete attention and her passion and dedication to help our wee boy was evident in the care she took with us! After that they simply provided support at each feed and within 48hrs of being there we had a happy and satisfied boy with a great latch, something we had struggled to get whilst in hospital care. My husband and I are forever grateful for our two days at the birthing unit post NICU, and even after we left the support kept coming. These ladies are above and beyond and the passion for their work shows on every friendly face there! We look forward to taking our next bub there in few short weeks to experience it all again. We can never thank you enough for giving our little family the best start after a horrific ordeal we suffered!

Monique Stevens

Dec 2020

To the Wonderful Midwives of HBC, Congrats on your recent award, I’m so proud & we are so lucky to have such an amazing group of women running our birthing centre. Michelle, you are the best LMC I could possibly ask for, you made me feel respected, safe, empowered to make the right decisions for me and you stood by me as I insisted on a natural birth when Liam decided to turn breach at 41+ weeks! You went above and beyond expectation through both of my pregnancies, labour and postpartum journeys. I absolutely loved my stays at the birthing centre, it’s such a beautiful, calm place to recuperate and get to know your baby, and a bonus that hubby could stay with us too. I felt like my decisions were always respected and my emotional wellbeing was as important to the midwives as my physical wellbeing. Everyone is so lovely and knowledgeable and sometimes offering just a little chat in the middle of the night was a sanity saver when cluster feeding strikes!! After having my first baby, Ryan, Michelle helped me successfully latch and feed in the delivery room, then the next night in the birthing centre my milk had started to come in, I had Debbie on shift and was having a little trouble getting my tiny baby to latch onto my ginormous chest! Oh gosh Debbie was a godsend, we tried a few different positions and she also gave advice with my fast flow, all the while putting me at ease and making me feel like I was doing a great job. I’m so proud to say that the support I received from midwives was taken on board and put to practice with both of my babies and I successfully breast fed Ryan to 12 months and am still feeding Liam at almost 14 months. I felt so supported and knew if I needed further help the door was always open. Thank you ladies for everything you do, I wish more babies were in the cards just so I could stay again! Lots of love Sara Thomson xoxo (& thanks also from Will, Ryan and Liam)

Sara Thomson

Dec 2020

I had my first & only child at the Helensville birthday unit in 2014. I wanted to birth there as had heard such amazing things about it & I also lived locally. My son decided to arrive quickly so as soon as I arrived at BC I was greeted by kind & smiling faces. My 2 midwives Fiona Kerton & Michelle Nasey went above & beyond for everything & assisted with the safe arrival of my son. We stayed 3 night at the BC & our stay was incredible. I didn’t want to leave. Everyone was so patient & kind & I was shown different options of BFing & supported over the challenges you face being a first time mum. I had incredible support from the staff at BC & from my midwives the following months. I can’t thank Fiona, Michelle & Sally Garrod enough for their kindness & support & also feel very lucky to have been able to take advantage of using the BC – I’d recommend Helensville BC to all of my friends.

Stevie Porter

Dec 2020

To the beautiful women at the Helensville birthing unit – I just wanted to say thank you each and every one of you, literally. I really, really struggled with breastfeeding with both of my children in every way possible. My first child Saskia was born, and hours later my nipples were so sore and damaged. Upon entering the birthing unit for my stay, Claire identified that Saskia had a lip and tongue tie, and quickly arranged for that to be fixed. The staff at the birthing unit supported me day and night with latch, ways to relieve the pain, offering shields, and anything to help me persevere. They even let me stay an extra night, as I was finding the whole thing really hard. Breastfeeding was very painful for a good length of time after that, but thankfully it did become easy and pain free, and I was able to exclusively breast feed Saskia for 12 months. 2.5 years later, I had Arlo under the care of Michelle. She was aware of my breastfeeding concerns, and she identified immediately that Arlo also had a lip and tongue tie. She put in a big effort to help me latch Arlo the best I could, and arranged for me to have Arlo seen by the newly trained doctor at Helensville who could cut Arlo’s ties. Debbie was also an amazing support who saw me through this process from start to end, with follow up check ins. Breastfeeding was just as hard this time, and I also developed a pretty bad case of mastitis. Both Debbie and another midwife were amazing at doing what they could in this situation. They even brought me up to Helensville and worked for an hour with me on a pump with heat pads and all the bells and whistles, to try and remove my lumps. Maybe 6 weeks post birth, I was able to breast feed easily, and I proudly exclusively breastfeed Arlo for 16 months. I am so thankful and so appreciative of all the ladies at the birthing unit who went above and beyond to support me through that first month especially of pain, confusion and breastfeeding troubles. I literally could not have done it without their care and love, and I hope they know how important they are, and what they mean to us new mums when it is so scary and hard. Forever thankful

Jasmine Franklin

Dec 2020

I’m so grateful to have such amazing support from the Helensville Birthing centre. While I’ve never actually stayed at the Birthing Centre myself, I’ve had Michelle and Fiona at 2 of my homebirths, and they’ve made the whole experience so much less stressful than it could have been. They were amazing at trusting in me, and my body, and listening to what I wanted, and respecting my wishes. All of my babies have had some issues with feeding, but with my daughter, I found breastfeeding sore from the start. So I had some help from Marie to work on her latch and my technique which helped a lot, and along with osteopathy her latch is now fantastic! I was also lucky enough to be part of the second group of mums who trained to be a Breastfeeding Peer Support Counsellor through the Birthing Centre. I gained so much knowledge, not only for myself and my current and future breastfeeding experiences, but also to be able to support and encourage other mums to overcome obstacles on their breastfeeding journeys. All of the Lactation consultants are amazing, but Debbie in particular goes above and beyond, often answering questions on our facebook support group, at all hours. You all do such a great job, and I feel very privileged to be part of a community that invests so much value in mothers, babies, and breastfeeding.

Katey Jackson

Dec 2020

Being a first time mum, I learnt so much from Debbie in preparation to breastfeed when I attended the Helensville birthing centre antenatal classes. I took that knowledge with me when I stayed at the Helensville birthing centre after my son was born and was thrilled to see Debbie pop in to see how things were going, even at 2 in the morning. The whole experience staying at the birthing centre and having hands on support from the incredible hard working lactation consultants and midwives was just beautiful. With hormones going wild and learning so much in the first few days of being a mum, I look back on my experience with such love. They definitely helped me start a positive breastfeeding journey <3

Izzy Hart

Dec 2020

“Both of my sons have been born at the Helensville Birthing Centre and both times it has been a really positive time with so much care and support from the staff. I left the birthing centre with my first son feeling empowered as a mother due to the way that my son and I were treated with respect at all times and the second time I was there was just as wonderful and empowering. Thanks to all the staff that cared for us each time – the support and space to get to know my new babies was really appreciated.”

Melanie Martin

Dec 2020

Many images on this website have been taken by Aisling O’Brien Photography and Belinda Coles Photography