Ad­vice sought for new ma­ter­nity hub

Ruapehu Press - - Your Local News - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

Com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion on the de­sign and ser­vices of a new ma­ter­nity cen­tre in Tau­marunui is un­der­way.

Project man­ager Bernadette Dou­ble said the view from younger moth­ers in the com­mu­nity from an ear­lier con­sul­ta­tion on the re­struc­tur­ing of ma­ter­nity ser­vices in the re­gion was to have the cen­tre at Haki­aha St.

‘‘It’s lit­er­ally a blank page and we want the com­mu­nity in­volved in de­sign­ing it all within the lim­i­ta­tions of a pub­lic ser­vice.

‘‘It’s go­ing to be a ro­bust con­sul­ta­tion process to make sure it has ev­ery­thing that is needed be­cause it’s not just about an­te­na­tal classes.’’

Dou­ble said the project doc­u­men­ta­tion will be fin­ished at the end of the week.

It will in­clude de­tails on the con­sul­ta­tion process and time­frames.

Dou­ble said the ma­ter­nity cen­tre is great news for the com­mu­nity and the fo­cus is set­ting mums and ba­bies up for life.

‘‘It’s about have you got good hous­ing? Do you know how to bud­get and do you know how to feed your fam­ily?

‘‘It’s some­thing pos­i­tive, new and dif­fer­ent and it’s go­ing to make a big dif­fer­ence.’’

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‘‘It's some­thing pos­i­tive, new and dif­fer­ent and it's go­ing to make a big dif­fer­ence.’’

the type of ser­vices peo­ple want to to see at the cen­tre. Dou­ble said the pri­or­ity is to work through the clo­sure of the Te Kuiti birthing unit but they will also be work­ing at set­ting up the con­sul­ta­tion process as quickly as pos­si­ble. The birthing unit at Tau­marunui Hos­pi­tal will also get an up­grade along with Toko­roa Hos­pi­tal. Con­tracts for self em­ployed mid­wives and lead ma­ter­nity car­ers is ready for re-ten­der. Dou­ble said they be­lieved cur­rent providers are in­ter­ested in keep­ing that go­ing and didn’t think there would be a threat to the mid­wives. The changes are a re­sult of an over­haul of ser­vices in the King Coun­try and South Waikato, an­nounced in May by the Waikato District Health Board. Tau­marunui La Leche League sup­port leader, Sofia An­dreen ad­vo­cated for bet­ter ac­cess to lac­ta­tion ser­vices. Mark Spit­tal WDHB ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity and clin­i­cal sup­port said fund­ing would be avail­able for lac­ta­tion sup­port in ru­ral ar­eas in­clud­ing Tau­marunui.

FRANCES FER­GU­SON / STUFF

Bernadette Dou­ble will be over­see­ing the new ma­ter­nity cen­tre in Tau­marunui.

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