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Closure of DHB provided birthing services at Matariki, Te Awamutu

Birthing services provided by Waikato District Heath Board (DHB) from Matariki will close at 8am on Sunday 1 February 2015.

The DHB would like to acknowledge and thank the significant effort from all staff, past and present, in providing safe quality care for mothers and their babies over many decades. We wish all current staff the very best in the future particularly our charge midwife manager Barbara English. The DHB would also like to recognise the enormous amount of support received from the Waipa/Te Awamutu community and the many service clubs and organisations who donated equipment, furnishing or other items such as artwork to make women’s stay safe and comfortable.

A new privately-owned venture Te Awamutu Birthing Ltd will continue to provide services at Matariki until they complete construction of dedicated facilities in Te Awamutu later this year. The service will provide 24/7 on-call midwifery support and will open any time of day or night to accept a birthing or postnatal admission providing a facility midwife to assist the lead maternity carer for labour and birth and to provide postnatal care to the women and their babies.

Waikato DHB will not provide acute or emergency maternity services at Matariki.

Dial 111 for an ambulance in a maternity emergency.

Te Awamutu Birthing will provide the following services at Matariki:

  • 24/7 on-call midwifery support
  • It will open any time of day or night to accept a birthing or postnatal admission providing a facility midwife to assist the lead maternity carer for labour and birth postnatal care to women and their babies
  • Antenatal Hub services operate Monday to Friday 9am-3pm and include free pregnancy tests, information for women to find a midwife and antenatal clinics for women and their lead maternity midwife
  • Lactation consultant services for advice and support for breast feeding
  • Phone 07 871 5052
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