Save Our only home-like Birthing Centre in the Wellington Region (and only primary birth space in the Hutt Valley)
We have just this week (Thursday 12th August 2021) heard the news that there is a proposal to close Te Awakairangi Birthing Centre and it will happen 21st September 2021 if we do not do something urgently. The staff have until Thursday 19th August to submit comment to the Birthing Centre.
A group of families in the Hutt are taking action to see how we can save our birth centre, please join us. Click here for info on how you can help us.
Birth Hub Wellington
We are a group of dedicated individuals from the birthing community in Wellington, New Zealand (parents, midwives, childbirth educators, natural therapists etc.) who are volunteering our time and resources to promote the importance of creating home-like, midwifery-led Birth Centres in the Wellington region, and to promote Primary Birthing in the community (where healthy women, with low risk pregnancies, choose to birth at home or in a Birth Centre).
We need skills and experience from all walks of life for this project, so if you think that Wellington region needs Birth Centres, please join in and help us. You can offer as little, or as much time as you have available. We get involved in the promotion of primary birthing (birth at home or in birth unit/birth centre) wherever we can in the region, and we campaign and advocate for primary birthing liaising with the local District Health Boards.
Many other places in New Zealand already have midwifery-led birth centres - Wellington needs them too! Ideally one in Wellington, one in the Hutt and one in the Wairarapa.
In July 2018 the Wright Foundation opened the first Birth Centre in the region Te Awakairangi Birthing Centre at Melling, Lower Hutt - feedback from new mums has been fabulous, which makes us only more determined to continue our advocacy for a midwifery-led Birth Centre for Wellington city.
EDIT: As of 12th August 2021 we have heard the news that this Birthing Centre may be forced to close due to lack of support and funding from the DHB and MoH - help us to save it!
We meet regularly online via Zoom and organise various events and activities to promote physiological birth in the Wellington region.
Our thanks to Jo Frances Photography for donating their time and resources.