Paraparaumu Maternity Unit is situated in a wing of the Kapiti Health Centre, Warrimoo St, Paraparaumu. Paraparaumu Maternity Unit is a part of the Wellington Regional Hospitals Women’s Health Service.
Paraparaumu Maternity Unit is a primary birthing facility. This simply means that while at the Unit you are under the care of your Lead Maternity Care (LMC), in other words your chosen midwife. If you are booked to birth at the unit the assumption is that you are healthy and well, that you have no underlying health issues and that you will remain well throughout your pregnancy. The current evidence shows that women who have had good antenatal care and are assessed as low risk for complications, are likely to give birth to healthy babies and need fewer interventions if they are supported to give birth in a primary maternity unit.
As long as you and your baby remain well and stable though the labour, your midwife has all the skills and resources necessary to support you to birth at the unit. If at any time this were to change, your midwife will discuss with you and your family how best to manage these changes safely.
When planning your labour at the unit please remember that it is a small unit with limited space and amenities so you may wish to have a plan about who will be there to support you.
Please also consider that there may be other women and families at the unit needing a quiet and restful space.
Occasionally the unit is fully occupied. When you notify your midwife that you have commenced labour she will call the unit to ensure that the birthing room is free. If all the rooms are occupied she will make arrangements for you to birth elsewhere.
Visiting hours are 11am - 8.30pm.
Support people - partners, siblings and families may visit when convenient. Please note there are no available facilities for overnight stays for support people.