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Our four postnatal stay rooms are available to women who have given birth to their baby at the Helensville Birthing Centre, at home or hospital. Staying at the Birthing Centre for a few days after your baby is born is a fabulous opportunity to recover, rest and establish breastfeeding with your baby. The average length of stay is two nights, how ever an extended stay can be negotiated by your Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) if needed.
Each room contains a double bed, comfortable seating, television, sidecar cot for Baby and a personal toilet and shower. Your partner or support person is welcome to stay overnight with you and your baby for the first night.
Postnatal nurses, midwives and lactation consultants are on hand to assist as you need them. From breastfeeding to bathing your baby for the first time — our top priority is that you and your baby are well cared for and your precious first days after the birth are memorable for the right reasons. Your LMC, or a midwife arranged by them, will visit you and your baby for daily assessments and discuss your ongoing needs with our staff.
We supply all linen, maternity pads and meals. Your partner or support person will need to provide their own food and meals, although tea and coffee are available in the kitchen along with a microwave for reheating food.
Your Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) will visit you within 24 hours of going home from the Birthing Centre. They will visit you for 4-6 weeks after baby is born. You are entitled to 5-10 home visits to check on the health and wellbeing of you and your baby.
Your LMC will provide ongoing breastfeeding information and support. For more breastfeeding information see here. Some women and babies may benefit from one-on-one help with a lactation consultant.
During the first few weeks at home your LMC will discuss referring you and your baby to a Well Child Provider such as Plunket for ongoing growth and development checks.