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What we do

If you have a high risk or problematic pregnancy, you may be referred to our Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) Unit. Maternal Fetal Medicine is a sub-specialty branch of obstetrics, providing care to high-risk women and babies, during pregnancy, birth and afterward.

The Maternal Fetal Medicine Service provides a service to high risk women across New Zealand, through hubs in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch.

The Wellington hub is located at Wellington Regional Hospital.

Women based in the lower North Island and top of the South Island can access services through the Wellington hub.


Your lead maternity carer (midwife, obstetrician) or GP will refer you to our Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit for an assessment.

Reasons for referral may include:

  • High risk results from nuchal screening
  • Problems identified through a routine scan
  • Your baby has an abnormality – such as a heart defect or kidney problems
  • A family history of genetic problems
  • You have previously had a baby with a genetic abnormality

Referral forms for lead maternity carers are available here

Our team

Each unit has a team of specialist obstetricians with expertise in Maternal Fetal Medicine.

You may also meet:

  • MFM specialist midwives
  • MFM Fellow or Registrar

Contact Us

We are based at Wellington Regional Hospital, Riddiford St, Newtown.

Phone 04 8060774

Mobile 021 199 8223

Fax 04 3855311

Last updated 24 May 2023.