Advice sought for new maternity hub
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.’’
Feedback is being sought on
‘‘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.
Bernadette Double will be overseeing the new maternity centre in Taumarunui.