Our service is free to all those eligible for care in New Zealand hospitals
Te Papaioea Birthing Centre opened in Palmerston North in October 2017. Management of this birthing centre was taken over by Midcentral DHB in April 2020 under an agreement with the Wright Family Foundation.
Our staff, including registered midwives and support staff will ensure your first few days as a new mum are as stress-free and peaceful as possible. This will allow you to get on with the joyful experience of bonding with your baby.
As a primary birthing unit, Te Papaioea Birthing Centre is not a hospital or clinical setting, which means we do not use medical intervention or drugs. Entonox (gas) is available.
Your Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) coordinates and plans the care of you and your baby and takes the lead at all times in the same way as in a home birth.
There are no specialists, obstetricians or GPs on site, but Te Papaioea Birthing Centre works collaboratively with Palmerston North Hospital in the event that a transfer is required.
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