The Canterbury DHB is the second largest DHB in the country by both geographical area and population size – serving 599,900 people (12.7% of the New Zealand population) Stats NZ 2018 (NZ, 2018) in 2016, and covering 26,881 square kilometres.
There are three separate divisions within Canterbury DHB responsible for providing the maternity services; Women’s and Children’s Health (W&CH), Ashburton and Rural Health services, which includes the Chatham Islands.
The DHB also has a contract with St George’s Hospital, Maternity Centre to provide maternity care.
The Canterbury DHB provides an extensive range of specialist services on a regional basis to people referred from other DHBs where these services are not available. This includes neonatal services.
Canterbury remained one of the fastest growing regions nationally in 2016 with a growth rate of 2.3%.