Birthing cen­tre due soon

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - NI­CHOLAS MCBRIDE

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.

MURRAY WIL­SON/ FAIR­FAX NZ.

Te Pa­paioea Birthing Cen­tre un­der construction on Ruahine St.

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