Region's Only Birthing Centre to Close: 'DHBs not saving it devastating and nonsensical'

Publish Date
Thu, 2 Sep 2021, 2:29PM

Region's Only Birthing Centre to Close: 'DHBs not saving it devastating and nonsensical'

Publish Date
Thu, 2 Sep 2021, 2:29PM

The drive continues to stop Lower Hutt's Te Awakairangi Birthing Centre closing.

The only non-hospital birthing centre in the Wellington region will shut this month, after its owners decided it was no longer sustainable.

Call for local DHBs to fund the centre have so far failed, but a 6000-strong petition has been presented, pleading them to reconsider.

Birth educator and member of Hutt Families for Midwives Sarah Adams says Hutt Hospital will struggle to cope with the extra 200 births a year it'd have to handle.

She told Nick Mills the maternity service in the Hutt Valley is already in crisis.