Waterford is a beautiful boutique modern birth centre.
We offer a homely and relaxed atmosphere that is well-equipped and safe. We are centrally located alongside the Waikato River, with easy access and on-site parking.
What you can expect
Professional, personalised care and attention to you and your baby by highly skilled, friendly and experienced staff midwives
Fresh nourishing meals delivered from a popular local restaurant
Purpose built, large, spacious and fully equipped birth and postnatal (after-birth) rooms
Partners are welcome to stay; all postnatal rooms have queen or twin beds
Close to the Waikato Hospital or CBD
NO charges or fees for NZ residents
Waterford will provide a unique maternity service in a sensitive nurturing environment which gives confidence for the very best start in life.
To provide a high quality, safe family environment for woman and midwives that is woman centred. The environment will enhance confidence, and support and protect the philosophy of birth and breastfeeding as normal healthy life giving events.
He whare whakaruruhau mō ngā wāhine me ngā kaiwhakawhānau tamariki.
Your Birth Experience
Research shows that well women choosing to labour and birth at Waterford (a primary birth centre), have a higher normal birth rate with better outcomes for mum and baby.
Of the women who started labour at Waterford Birth Centre, 97% birthed vaginally. The caesarean section rate was 3%, compared to the national rate of 27%.
Spacious birth rooms provide labouring women freedom to move through the stages of labour in their own way. Each room offers a birth pool, showers equipped with hanging bars, beanbags, rockers, birthing balls and stools. Appropriate emergency equipment supports you and your baby’s safety in the birth room.
Your LMC provides your labour care. Our team of skilled and experienced staff midwives are on site to assist your LMC with your labour and birth.
Once baby is born, you can enjoy uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact, with time to bond and start your breastfeeding journey. When ready, a short walk down the corridor takes you, your partner and baby, to your large postnatal room for your stay, supported by our wonderful staff.
Your Postnatal Stay
After birth, you stay with us for up to 48 hours (or two full nights) and enjoy peace and privacy as you welcome your new baby to your family. Your room has a double bed, and for baby either a bassinette, clip on side cot or a pepi-pod for nearness and safety during this important bonding time.
You will enjoy uninterrupted rest supported in our soundproof rooms, with the discreet, nurturing care you need to recover from your birth. Rooms do not have call bells or buzzers, instead, to speak to a midwife you pick up the phone at your bedside. Our staff midwives check in with you and your baby regularly. They are available day and night to answer questions and provide quality postnatal care and services, along with daily support from your own LMC.
Family and friends can spend time with you between the hours of 10am and 8pm, with no restrictions on visiting.
Delicious meals are provided, and our housekeeping staff will service your room twice a day.
Our staff are always respectful of your time and space as they work to make your time with us as comfortable as possible.
Your partner or birth support person is invited to stay with you to be a valuable support while you both learn the new skills feeding, bathing and caring for your newborn.
We have a range of breastfeeding resources, including DVD based breastfeeding support.
Hearing screeners visit daily to test your baby’s hearing. A private paediatrician visits as required.
What other families are staying about their stay at Waterford Birth Centre:
“We absolutely love Waterford and its wonderful staff. Everyone is very friendly and helpful as well as sensitive to tired mums. Also loved giving birth in the birthing pool. All the rooms are lovely and spacious and feel nice and private.”
“I have felt very privileged and blessed to have stayed in such a beautiful facility with amazing staff. I have never felt like an inconvenience and everything I needed and required was met. My favourites here was definitely beautiful staff, wonderful food, my own bathroom, big sized room and having my husband stay.”
“The environment was really calming and friendly to recover in and establish breastfeeding. The staff were really helpful when I was struggling.”
“Beautiful atmosphere, nothing was ever an inconvenience. All staff were lovely and considerate. Even after my third child, I still learnt so much. I would recommend Waterford to any expecting mothers – it was a lovely experience.”
“Outstanding service – everyone greets you with a smile and are so friendly and polite. My two days gave me the opportunity to recover mentally and switch off from everyday life. Meals were delicious and portions huge. I never went hungry. Thank you so much everyone. The birth room is huge and calming as was the post labour room – just perfect. This birth has been my healing second birth and Waterford played a very big part in that (as well as my midwife).”
“Everyone we met during our stay were so lovely helpful & welcoming. They showed genuine interest in the care and well-being of myself and baby. Very polite with night checks, and made not only myself feel comfortable, but my partner too.”
“We felt really well supported, and loved having the staff midwives on call – they were all very helpful. The birthing room is very well equipped and has everything that I needed. Friendly staff, delicious food! Very sound proof rooms too.”
“I couldn’t fault anything even if I tried. The care that I received was amazing. In fact the care that I was given exceeded my expectations. I would recommend Waterford to every pregnant female. Thank you to all the staff/ midwives/ cleaners etc for making our stay amazing and comfortable. Couldn’t have asked for a better Birth Centre and team.”
“For a first time mum it’s always a nerve wracking thing coming out into the world with a tiny baby. The whole team went above and beyond and always made us feel confident and comfortable. Can’t rate the ladies enough!! We felt fully supported and comfortable. It was a great way to adjust to parenthood, with midwives able to assist as needed. The information books were great and we learnt a lot from the helpful staff. It has been a really great – the partner meals are genius.”
“Thank you so much Waterford. We left feeling so much more confident. Words cannot express how privileged we felt to have your service. The midwives were all so knowledgeable and respectful. We could not have done this without them.”
“Staff were fab, very helpful. Breastfeeding tips were very helpful and made the whole process that much easier. Rooms were a great size. We didn’t feel like we were tripping over each other, especially when we had visitors. Meals were lovely and exactly what my body craved!”
“Everybody was friendly and non-intrusive and when called upon were very courteous and professional. They were willing to provide practical assistance which was good. Special thanks to the midwives for their professionalism and warm-hearted care.”
“This time around it has been nothing but a positive experience. The environment is like a home and there is an instant feeling of relaxation and feeling safe and supported. I found all the staff helpful in a non-intrusive way. I never hesitated to call for help and help was prompt and professional. My stay here has honestly had such a positive impact on my mental and physical health and given me such a great start to life with our baby.”
“The care I received here was more that I expected. I felt comfortable and safe during my stay at Waterford. The staff were amazing and hard working. I believe this is the best-ever experience I had in giving birth in a place that is filled with people who are committed and concerned for the welfare of my baby and I. I rate Waterford 10/10. Many thanks for all your support.”