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Secondary Hospital Care

Secondary maternity facilities are designed to adapt to any birthing complication (after 30 weeks’ gestation) that may require a shared care approach by an experienced team.  Members of the team may include a midwife, an obstetrician, anaesthetist, paediatrician and nurses.

Southland Hospital, in Invercargill, is secondary maternity facility.
Address: Kew Road, Invercargill
Phone: 03 218 1949

Your stay at Southland Hospital Maternity Service

Southland Hospital Maternity Service is part of Southland Hospital in Invercargill.

There are 14 combined antenatal/postnatal beds and 4 birthing rooms in the Southland Maternity Unit.  The antenatal and postnatal beds, each with ensuite facilities.

Women can expect to remain in hospital until both they and their baby are clinically well.  This varies depending on each woman’s birthing experience but, for most women this will be within 48 hours.

Transfer to Primary Maternity Units

Women who live rurally but birth at Southland Hospital are encouraged to transfer to their primary care unit when they are discharged from hospital.  Generally this transfer is within 12 hours following a normal birth and 24 hours following a caesarean section, but can be dependent on individual circumstances.

Hospital staff will check that a bed and staff are available to continue your care in the primary maternity unit before transfer is confirmed.  Once discharged by the Obstetric Team the expectation would be to transfer back to your Primary Care Unit or home, under your LMC’s care.

Specialist Clinics

Southland Hospital’s Maternity Unit has specialist antenatal clinics Monday to Friday.  A referral can also be made to a certified lactation consultant to assist with specific breastfeeding challenges.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Southland Hospital has a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) providing level two neonatal and intensive care to babies born prematurely (from 30 weeks gestation) and for newborn babies to three months of age who require intensive care.


Visiting hours in the Maternity Unit are from 2pm-8pm.  We encourage that only spouses/partners, siblings and close family visit outside these times.

Access to the Unit after hours

For the safety of all patients in the hospital, after 8.00pm until 7.00am the only access to the maternity unit is via the front entrance of the hospital.


Free car parking is available on site and 120-minute parking spaces are located in the surrounding areas of Kew and Elles Road. Southland Hospital also has dedicated disability parking near main entrance points to the hospital buildings.

Smokefree Policy

Both Southland Hospital and the surrounding grounds are smokefree.  If this will be a concern for you, please discuss the possibility of nicotine replacement therapy with your LMC.