Birth unit for Waitakere Hos­pi­tal


A birthing cen­tre for West Auck­land has been given the green light, but the Ma­ter­nity Ser­vices Con­sumer Coun­cil isn’t cel­e­brat­ing yet.

MSCC spokes­woman Brenda Hinton said it had been lob­by­ing for a birthing cen­tre in west Auck­land for 20 years. The Waitem­ata¯ Dis­trict Health Board’s de­ci­sion was only a small step for­ward and didn’t show much of a com­mit­ment, she said.

‘‘This is an over­due first step and we hope that it moves onto be­ing some­thing more sub­stan­tial,’’ she said.

Cur­rently, West Auck­lan­ders had to travel to He­lensville or Par­nell if they wanted to go to a birthing cen­tre.

MSCC had sup­ported a pe­ti­tion in 2015 for an in­te­grated birth­par­ent­ing facility out west that re­ceived a to­tal of 823 sig­na­tures. The 500 square-me­tre facility would be built on-site at Waita¯ kere Hos­pi­tal.

But Hinton said MSCC had been hop­ing for an off-site birthing unit as in­ter­na­tional re­search showed that birthing out­comes were bet­ter when it was not part of a hos­pi­tal facility.

In a state­ment, Waitem­ata¯ DHB direc­tor of fund­ing Deb­bie Holdsworth said the hos­pi­tal was cho­sen be­cause of the ex­pected pop­u­la­tion growth. More than 2800 ba­bies were born at Waita¯kere Hos­pi­tal in the year end­ing June 2017.


More than 2800 ba­bies were born at Waita¯kere Hos­pi­tal in year end­ing June 2017.

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