Birthing centre due soon
A new birthing centre in Palmerston North is set to open in the middle of the year.
Te Papaioea Birthing Centre, a purpose-built 12-suite primary birthing centre, was on track to be opened in July.
Construction at the Ruahine St site got off to a rough start last year following the discovery of asbestos during demolition of the previous building.
WorkSafe closed off the site in April.
But work was now well on track, founder and director Chloe Wright said.
The privately owned and operated primary birthing facility is for women having nonintervention, low-risk births.
Wright said the centre would offer another choice for women wanting to have a natural birth.
‘‘We feel extremely privileged at having the opportunity of being part of such a wonderful time in a person’s life journey.‘‘
‘‘We are aware of a great diversity of ethnicities within the Manawatu region and we are excited to learn more about the individual choices women want.’’
Positive Birthing midwife Cheryl Benn said it would be a good additional option for low- risk pregnant women.
‘‘We have a lot of women who are low risk and who might not want a birth at home but don’t necessarily want a birth at a secondary care facility.’’
Benn said she hoped the centre would have a thorough consultation with women and midwives of the district.
The birthing centre is not yet taking bookings, but pregnant women due after July who are interested in using the facility can speak to their carer to express their interest, Wright said.
The centre will be free to women who are eligible for free healthcare in New Zealand.
Te Papaioea Birthing Centre under construction on Ruahine St.