We had a taste of the passion and dedication of the international movement ONE WORLD BIRTH in a snippet from the "Freedom for Birth" film.
We then discussed the history of Wellington being without a Birth Centre and compared the successful results of other New Zealand towns and cities, some with multiple options for place of birth.
With the upcoming CCDHB and local body elections there has been some exciting developments with a number of the candidates showing support for a Birth Centre in Wellington.
We have put this question to the candidates:
The Waikato DHB has 6 primary birthing units and funds 5 privately owned and operated birthing units. Given their 80% uncomplicated, inexpensive birth rate when will Wellington follow their excellent example and open at least 1 midwifery led BIRTH CENTRE?
See their responses here.
Birth hub also outlined the vision of having a virtual and then physical centre for parenting information, resources and products, including a much needed Breastfeeding Cafe for Wellington. In building a midwifery-led, community-driven Birth Centre (maybe in Kaiwharawhara for a central location for Hutt and Wellington City) we aim to have a Relaxed environment that provides Natural pain relief options and is Equal Access for all birthing women and their Whanau (we intend to avoid a user pays system where money gives you access to greater comfort).
We need more hands on deck and all contributions welcome. From pledges, and research through to daily conversations about birth we NEED you. And Wellington needs a Birth Centre.