SAFETY & ENDORSMENTS
Safety of mums and babies is the top priority at Bethlehem Birthing Centre.
Bethlehem Birthing Centre is a primary birthing facility, which means it’s a non-clinical setting for women having low-risk, non-intervention births. There are no specialists, obstetricians or GPs on site.
How we keep you and your baby safe:
- A registered health professional is on duty at the centre 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to support patients and their midwives / Lead Maternity Carer (LMC). A Registered Midwife is always on call, and more staff are available when required.
- In the event that you or your baby need transferring to hospital for specialist care or an emergency Caesarean, systems in place will ensure our trained staff give their full support to your midwife to stabilise you and your baby before you are quickly transferred to hospital. All birthing centre staff are trained to respond to an emergency situation or transfer.
- The centre has the support of Bay of Plenty District Health Board and Tauranga Hospital, and will work towards meeting World Health Organisation recommendations for maternity services. As a primary birthing unit, it has been audited under the Health and Disability Sector standards.
- The centre will be accredited by the New Zealand Breastfeeding Authority as a Baby Friendly Hospital.