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

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

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.

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 11 June 2019.