CCDHB encourages well women with normal healthy pregnancies to consider having their babies in a primary birthing setting.
There are known benefits to primary birthing for women and no differences in outcomes for babies based on New Zealand and international birthing outcomes.
Evidence suggests that women’s experience and outcomes are better when a well women, with a healthy baby, choose to labour and birth in a primary maternity facility.
This birthing option can be discussed with your Lead Maternity Carer and/or nearest primary birthing facility.’
Primary birthing is when a woman with a healthy normal pregnancy chooses to have a natural birth without intervention, with a midwife in attendance. The woman and the midwife work together using massage, water or heat to manage the labour and birth.
Our virtual tour presents facility options. Both Kenepuru Maternity Unit and Paraparaumu Maternity Unit are primary birthing facilities for women in the Wellington region.
Primary birthing options in central Wellington are currently limited. Delivery Suite at Wellington Hospital has a Koru room which was developed to support women who want a primary birth.
Pain relief and gas are available at all CCDHB facilities.
For LMC practices that support home birthing please check the Find a Midwife section of the CCDHB internet website.