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If you are unable to find an LMC midwife from the list, contact us via our online form or phone us on 0800 Find MW (0800 346 369). Leave a message and we will ring you back.

Virtual tours of CCDHB maternity facilties

There are three birthing facilities in CCDHB. Watch the videos below for virtual tours of each of these units.

Wellington Regional Hospital maternity unit virtual tour

Kenepuru Community Hospital maternity unit virtual tour

Paraparaumu maternity unit virtual tour

Primary Birthing

‘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.

Home birthing

For LMC practices that support home birthing please check the Find a Midwife section of the CCDHB internet website.

Antenatal and breastfeeding classes

Antenatal classes

Antenatal classes provide information on pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal care. Speak to your LMc midwife or consultant about booking into classes.

Capital and Coast DHB

CCDHB offers free classes to book call 0800525166 or 04 3855999 ask the operator to message the Community Midwifery Team, between 8-4pm

The Women's Health Service hospital-based Midwifery team was established to provide maternity care for those women who are unable to find a community-based care provider.

Compass Health

Offers free childbirth education classes in Newtown and Kenepuru. They can be contacted via

Birth Wise

Promotes wellness in pregnancy, natural birth and holistic parenting by empowering women and men to make informed choices. 

Birth Resources

Birth Resources classes are run by Midwives who are also childbirth educators. Information covered is on pregnancy, birth, birth plans, interventions and baby care. They are private classes so there is a cost which includes the woman and her partner/support person. For more information or booking online see

Parent Centre Childbirth Education

Led by qualified childbirth educators. They are private classes so there is a cost. For more information

Johnsonville Antenatal Parenting Classes

Run through Plunket, there is a cost

For other classes or future information also search the web under Childbirth Education Wellington New Zealand

Breastfeeding classes

There are breastfeeding classes available at Wellington and Kenepuru Hospital. These are also offered in Chinese Mandarin at Johnsonville Plunket Family Centre. For booking into breastfeeding classes please fill in the contact page on CCDHB breastfeeding classes or phone 04 8060873

Breastfeeding Classes and Breastfeeding Information – Wellington and Kenepuru hospital

For information about the free breastfeeding classes see

Breastfeeding Classes and Breastfeeding Information - Chinese Mandarin

Free breastfeeding classes in Chinese Mandarin are being held at Johnsonville Plunket Family Centre – for people living in the greater Wellington and Hutt regions.

Information about CCDHB maternity services on Healthpoint website

The Healthpoint website has information, including brochures to download and print, about women's health and maternity services at CCDHB. Visit

Induction of labour OBLIGE study

The OBLIGE Research Team from Auckland University and Wellington Hospital wish to inform you about the Outpatients Balloon vs Inpatient Gel (OBLIGE) study.

There are many reasons why pregnant women may be advised to have their labour induced, or started artificially, before the body has gone into labour naturally. If your midwife or doctor has recommended that you have your labour induced, then please keep reading.

Prior to the onset of labour, your cervix is closed, firm and long. Early labour pains – which are often irregular and less painful – soften and thin the cervix. This process is stimulated by the hormone prostaglandin, which the body produces when labour begins naturally.

If you are being induced, this prostaglandin hormone will be given to you to soften your cervix, which mimics the process of natural labour. You may need several doses of this hormone gel and will stay in hospital throughout.

An alternative method of inducing labour is to have a soft, flexible balloon catheter gently placed through your cervix. This stimulates your own natural prostaglandin hormone to soften your cervix. You will be able to go home during this process if you meet the criteria to be part of the OBLIGE study.

Your LMC or the research team will discuss the criteria with you. Inclusion criteria includes one baby in a head down position, planning an induction of labour (IOL) at ≥ 37 weeks gestation. You would need to be able to remain within one hour of Wellington Hospital whilst an outpatient, if allocated to the balloon group. Women who have had a previous caesarean would not be included as prostaglandins would be contraindicated.

The aim of this study is to find out which method is more effective to induce your labour. If you agree to participate in this study, then on the day of your induction, you will be selected by chance to have it started by one of these two methods. This means you have a 50/50 chance to be in the prostaglandin hormone gel group and remain in hospital, or to be in the balloon catheter group and go home (outpatient) for the first 18-24 hours.

After your baby is born, we will ask you to complete a brief questionnaire about your experience having your labour induced. Participation is voluntary. The study is confidential; your privacy will be protected. Your care will not be affected if you choose not to participate.

If you would like more information discuss this study with your LMC and click on the following Participation Information Sheet.

Participation Information Sheet


Last updated 12 September 2018.