Maternity Services

Maternity Services


There are four primary birthing units operating in Otago in addition to Dunedin Hospital, which provides the full range of primary, secondary and tertiary maternity services for the Otago area:

Queen Mary Maternity Centre at Dunedin Hospital is the only birthing unit in Dunedin and provides the full range of primary, secondary and tertiary maternity services for the Otago area and tertiary (highly specialised) services to Southern District Health Board. The unit offers antenatal, delivery and postnatal services, a Lactation Consultancy Service and evening ante natal classes. The emphasis is on supporting families, education and self care.

Charlotte Jean Hospital, Alexandra is a primary birthing unit staffed by nurses and midwives who provide round the clock care for women during and post giving birth. Qualified staff will assist your LMC carer during labour and birth, with private rooms and birthing pool available. Post-delivery the unit offers a home-like nurturing environment for women and their partners/whanau, and staff offer help with caring for your new baby and breastfeeding. Women may also choose to transfer to Charlotte Jean Hospital after birthing elsewhere. BFHI accredited. For more information visit

Clutha Health First Maternity Centre provides antenatal, delivery and postnatal services.  They run six antenatal classes a year and have a lactation consultant available upon referral. The unit has three beds plus a birthing suite with access to a birthing pool.  Partner boarding is encouraged.  Women not delivering at the unit can return there for immediate postnatal care. BFHI and DAA accredited.

Maniototo Hospital Maternity Centre provides antenatal and post natal support services. Information as well as free pregnancy tests are available from the centre, which is also used for antenatal check ups.  There are two maternity beds and a birthing room available to support emergency deliveries, however planned deliveries are not possible at the centre.

Oamaru Maternity Centre specialises in birth support services. The unit is staffed by six midwives and nurses who cover post natal care. There are up to two birthing rooms, including a birthing pool and up to four postnatal rooms.  An on-call service operates at night if the centre is not occupied. The centre has two antenatal clinic rooms and an obstetrician holds an obstetric clinic once a month in the hospital’s outpatient’s department. They are a breastfeeding friendly accredited (BFHI) unit, offer lactation support services and run breastfeeding class for women every 6-8 weeks.

Accessing LMC Care in Early Pregnancy

All women are encouraged to contact an LMC midwife or GP as soon as they discover they are pregnant. You can find a list of fully qualified LMC midwives practicing in your region via the website

Free Pregnancy and Parenting Education

Plunket provides ‘free’ Pregnancy and Parenting Education (PPE) programmes (previously known as ‘Antenatal’ classes) throughout the Southern District, with a focus on supporting first time parents.  The programme is designed to help you make the best choices for you and your family/whanau and assisting you to gain confidence, skills and understanding of your pregnancy, childbirth and parenting role.

We encourage enrolment for a course as soon as your pregnancy has been confirmed.

For more information and to enrol click:

Newborn Hearing Screening

Babies born in hospital will be screened before going home in most cases. Click here for additional information on this service. 



Queen Mary Maternity Centre, Dunedin Hospital, 201 Great King St, 2nd Floor, Clinical Services Block, main hospital

Charlotte Jean Maternity Hospital, 26 Ventry St, Alexandra

Clutha First Maternity Hospital, 3–7 Charlotte Street, Balclutha

Maniototo Hospital, 1 Tyrone St, Ranfurly

Oamaru Hospital, 8 Steward St, Oamaru


Contact Details

Dunedin Hospital Ph: 03 474 0999  ext 8717 - Charge Midwife Manager
Charlotte Jean Maternity Centre Ph:03 448 5229

Clutha First Maternity Hospital Ph 03 419 0500

Maniatoto Hospital Ph:03 444 9420
Oamaru Hospital Ph:03 433 0290