There are three maternity facilities within the Capital and Coast District Health Board region:
- Wellington Regional Hospital
- Kenepuru Maternity Unit
- Paraparaumu Maternity Unit.
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 woman, with a healthy baby, chooses to labour and birth in a primary maternity facility.
Kenepuru and Paraparaumu Maternity Units are primary birthing units, where you can have a natural birth without intervention, with a midwife in attendance. You will work with your midwife using massage, water or heat to manage your labour and birth. You will be transferred to Wellington Hospital from the primary units if the need arises in labour.
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.
Wellington Regional 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.
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