Plans sealed for primary birthing partnership

A groundbreaking partnership between MidCentral DHB’s Te Uru Pa Harakeke (Healthy Women Children and Youth) and the Wright Family Foundation for the DHB to take on delivery of services at the Te Papaioea Birthing Centre has progressed with the collaboration set to begin on 1 April 2020.
The partnership, announced in December 2019, will see the DHB prioritising primary birthing for mothers and babies to ensure whānau are receiving the best possible birthing opportunities.
The Birthing Centre, opened by the Wright Family Foundation in 2017, is located on Ruahine Street, a short distance from Palmerston North Hospital. The Birthing Centre is for healthy pregnant women who do not expect interventions.
The agreement is the first of its kind in New Zealand and will provide mothers, babies and whānau with opportunities for birthing, increased postnatal care and other pregnancy-related care at the facility, such as lactation consultancy and community midwifery service.
A formal and cultural transfer of the Birthing Centre is planned for 26 March, ahead of the partnership beginning on 1 April.