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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.

Birthing Units
There are three maternity facilities within the Capital and Coast District Health Board.

Kenepuru and Paraparaumu Maternity Units are small primary units where Lead Maternity Carer/Midwives (LMCs) will book 'low-risk women' for labour, birth and postnatal stay. These units are 30 and 60 minutes drive from the Wellington Hospital in normal traffic conditions.

Wellington Hospital provides maternity facilities for all women, ranging from healthy low risk pregnant women under LMC care, to women requiring tertiary/specialist services for complex obstetric and/or medical needs in pregnancy. A tertiary Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is on the same site.

Women who live close to Wellington, or those anticipating needs for obstetric or anaesthetic support in labour, are booked to labour and birth at Wellington Hospital. Others will transfer in from the primary units if the need arises in labour. Women will also be transferred to Wellington Hospital for tertiary obstetric and/or neonatal care from throughout the lower North Island and upper South Island. Contact numbers at Wellington Hospital:


Wellington Hospital Delivery Suite (04) 806 0850
Ward 4 North Pods A,B,C and D (04) 806 0880
Women's Clinics (04) 806 0764
Ultrasound Scanning (04) 806 0763

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.

Community Midwifery Team (CMT)

The CMT team provides complete antenatal care from booking for those women who are unable to access a Lead Maternity Carer (LMC). Once your baby is born the team of midwives will provide your care until your baby is six weeks old. The intrapartum (labour and birth) care is provided by the core midwives working in Delivery Suite.

The team provides ongoing midwifery care for those women who need consultant obstetrician secondary or tertiary level maternity care. These women will be receiving care from Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM), antenatal diabetic, or one of the specialist antenatal clinic teams.

They will visit any CMT woman who has been admitted to the antenatal / postnatal wards.

Maternity care charges

New Zealand citizens or those who have obtained permanent residence are entitled to publicly funded healthcare.

Non-residents may be required to pay for their healthcare. If you were not born in New Zealand and have not previously shown evidence of residency you should bring your passport with you on your first visit to the hospital for verification. 

To check if you will need to pay visit the Ministry of Health website


Last updated 1 October 2019.