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About Us


We see midwifery as an art with a solid foundation in science. Mother and baby are the centre of our care. We aim to carefully nurture and protect the physical, emotional, social and spiritual nature of the newborn child in a warm and welcoming environment.

Our staff and LMCs aim to work at all times as a team providing excellence in maternity care. All people working at the Birth Centre are empowered by encouraging personal and professional development.


River Ridge East Birth Centre opened Christmas 2002, in its new premises on Von Tempsky Street, Hamilton East. The original concept for a primary birthing centre was devised back in 1992, following National-led government health reforms – it took three years, but in 1995, the contract was approved and signed.

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Founder: Clare Hutchinson

Clare Hutchinson, whose inspiration founded River Ridge East Birth Centre, was educated in a Steiner school in Amsterdam and trained as a nurse in an anthroposophical hospital in Holland.

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The building reflects a welcoming, multicultural, friendly environment, with four birth rooms and 16 postnatal rooms with en-suites.

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Consumer Rights - Health Services in New Zealand

As a user of health services in New Zealand you have certain rights. These are set out in the Code of Health & Disability Services Consumers' Rights.

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Contact us

P: 07 839 0425
F: 07 839 0419
A: 35 Von Tempsky Street, Hamilton East Hamilton 3216