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Welcome to River Ridge East Birth Centre

River Ridge East Birth Centre offers a warm, comfortable and homely environment for parents to welcome their new baby. Highly skilled midwives and well-equipped facilities ensure you and your family receive safe, comprehensive care and support throughout your maternal journey.

River Ridge East Birth Centre

The birthplace of choice...

At River Ridge East Birth Centre, our priority is to provide outstanding midwifery care, a comfortable and pleasant environment, and a positive birthing and postnatal  experience for mums and partners to welcome their new baby.

Our staff take pride in offering calm, supportive and nurturing care to ensure everyone leaves here at the end of their stay feeling rested, and confident in caring for their newborn.  Our highly regarded on site chef prepares healthy, nutritious and delicious meals each day, including freshly baked muffins and scones every morning, and for afternoon tea, a delicious lactation slice to support breastfeeding. 

Step-by-step Process

Congratulations, you’re having a baby! Now what?!

Having a baby is one of life’s most amazing experiences. Whether you are preparing to welcome your first baby, or your fourth baby, we aim to make your birthing experience the best it can be.

Firstly, you will need to choose a Lead Maternity Carer (LMC). In NZ, all pregnant women are required to nominate an LMC, who coordinates their maternity care. Most women/families chose a midwife as their LMC; midwives provide safe, women-focused services that families can trust.

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Your midwife will help you throughout your pregnancy and continue to visit you and baby up to 6 weeks after birth, your midwife will also arrange and organise your stay with us for when baby is ready to arrive.

Midwives are experts in pregnancy and birth, and work in partnership with you to provide individualised care for you and baby throughout your pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatally, to ensure you and your baby are healthy and well. 

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Click here to see a list of LMCs working in Hamilton and the wider Waikato.

our facilities

We have four large birth rooms, each with an adjoining en-suite, fully equipped to ensure mother and baby safety, and designed to offer a relaxed and calming environment. Rooms feature dimmable lights to add to a peaceful ambience, and we also have a wide choice of birth equipment, such as the birthing pools for water birth or pain relief, birthing slings, birth stools, bean bags, or Swiss balls.

Following the birth, you can relax in one of the warm, comfortable postnatal rooms and get to know your baby. The postnatal rooms have individual ensuites and a soft, soothing décor. The environment is designed to provide a restful atmosphere to support and enhance the wellbeing of your newborn baby and you.

A Freeview TV, fridge and self service area for tea and coffee making are provided in each postnatal room. The rooms are sound-proof, fully air-conditioned with individual controls and equipped with double, electric beds. A support person is welcome to stay with you overnight and can either share the double bed or sleep on the single bed sized window seat. 

For your postnatal stay, we will provide you with some of the necessities you and your baby will need (for example maternity pads, nappies and baby wipes). At your Antenatal Classes, you will be given a list of suggested items to pack, and your LMC midwife may also suggest things you will need to bring for labour and birth, and for your postnatal stay. We also have a suggested list of what you may like to bring with you for your stay. Find it here

OUTSTANDING CARE IN A WARM AND COMFORTABLE ENVIRONMENT, FOR PARENTS TO WELCOME THEIR NEW BABY.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are a New Zealand citizen or resident, your stay at River Ridge East Birth Centre is fully funded by the New Zealand Government.

If you are unsure of your eligibility, check here https://www.health.govt.nz/new-zealand-health-system/eligibility-publicly-funded-health-services

If you are eligible, when you stay with us for your postnatal care, you are entitled to 48 hours postnatal care funded by the New Zealand Government. However, if you birth with us, and capacity allows, we provide an extra night free of charge.

Talk to your midwife about staying with us for your birth and postnatal care. Your midwife will then book you in and provide us with all the required paperwork. 

Yes! Many women who wish or need to give birth at Waikato Hospital will transfer to River Ridge East Birth Centre for their postnatal care. 

We have a recommended checklist of things you and baby will need for birth and postnatal care.
Find it here

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