Dannevirke Midwifery Service provides pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for women who live in the Tararua.
Our facility at Dannevirke Hospital is a primary birthing centre for all women having low-risk births, without intervention.
Our service is free to women of all ages who are eligible for care in New Zealand hospitals and whose pregnancy is considered low-risk primary care.
We provide a calm and nurturing setting for women to have an active birth, and enjoy the crucial first days with their baby in a supportive environment. We provide extensive post-natal care, including support with breastfeeding.
Our vision is to work in partnership with families to effect an informed, active and natural birthing experience.
We have four Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) midwives who caseload. This means that you will always know the midwife who will be in charge of you and your baby, in the same way as in a home birth.
Dannevirke Maternity unit is a warm, nurturing environment and offers a comfortable sanctuary for new mums.
Our staff, including registered midwives, registered nurses and health care assistants 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.
Our midwifery service is supported by nurses and care assistants who work in the hospital, GP's, social workers, mental health workers, ultrasound and laboratory services. We also work with visiting specialists to Dannevirke, who provide care for women with complications.