September 15, 2023
Māori needs canvassed for birthing unit
Health Minister Ayesha Verrall says a new primary birthing unit at Waitākere Hospital will include access to maternity services for Māori, Pacific and teenage parents in a culturally appropriate way.
Dr Verrall yesterday announced funding of $12.3 million for new facility, which is due for completion in May 2025.
It will include six birthing or postnatal suites, a whānau room, education room, staff areas and gardens, and will have capacity for 500 births a year.
Local midwives have been consulted with to identify clinical service needs as well mana whenua to understand appropriate tikanga practices.
Dr Verrall says a key focus of the development is to meet the aspirations of Māori, Pacific and teen parents to encourage early engagement with maternity care, and to create an environment where people feel welcome and safe in the unit.