Coming to Thames Birthing Unit

The Thames Birthing Unit is a primary birthing facility for natural, low-risk births under midwifery care.

Thames Birthing UnitFacilities

  • Three bedrooms (with own ensuite) for postnatal stay
  • Two birthing rooms (with ensuite)
  • Birthing pool
  • Breastfeeding room
  • Patient lounge
  • Outdoor areas
  • Two clinic rooms and one education room that can be booked for related service activities such as classes and clinic


412 Mary Street


  • (07) 868 6009

Patient information

We provide:

  • free pregnancy tests
  • helpful advice on the maternity system and how to find a midwife in your area; and
  • care to women during pregnancy, labour, birth and up to six weeks after the birth.

We do not offer medical interventions like epidurals or caesarean sections.

What if there are complications?

If there are any complications your midwife will work within referral guidelines and transfer you to secondary care at Waikato Hospital in Hamilton.

If you do birth at Waikato Hospital, you can return to Thames Birthing Unit for postnatal (after the birth) care.

Visiting information

  • If you have a cold, diarrhoea, viral illness or are generally feeling unwell, please do not visit patients.
  • All gang regalia, patches or gang colours must be removed.
  • Children under 14 must be supervised and accompanied by an adult.
  • Business visitors must register at our enquiries desk and obtain a Waikato DHB visitors’ pass.
  • Visiting hours are 11am-1.30pm and 4-8pm daily.

Overnight accommodation options

Te Punanga Kūaka [PDF, 3.1 MB]

Thames Hospital’s whānau accommodation facility is available for use by women and a support person who travel to Thames from outlying rural locations when they are in early, unestablished labour. Your midwife or hospital maternity staff can arrange this.