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Gearing up to welcome thousands of new bubs in 2018

The old year is out and the new year is in – and midwives, nurses, medical teams and lead maternity carers (LMCs) across the Wellington region are gearing up for another busy 12 months.

Wellington Regional Hospital is a tertiary hospital. This means that, as well as caring for women from the Wellington community, it also takes patients from across the lower North Island and upper South Island whose pregnancies are more complex.

Capital & Coast DHB has birthing units at all three of its campuses – Wellington Regional and Kenepuru Community Hospitals, and the Kapiti Health Centre. LMCs within the district also support women who want homebirths.

“More than 3630 babies were born at one of our campuses in 2017 – a small increase on the previous year,” said associate director of midwifery Carolyn Coles.

Births were almost evenly split between baby boys and girls, and most births took place at Wellington Regional Hospital – which made for another eventful year.

“More recently midwives, nurses and medical teams have been kept busy caring for women and babies in hospital over the festive season and LMCs have been helping women give birth in our maternity facilities and providing post-natal care in the community.

“Together we look forward to welcoming and caring for many more new mothers and babies in 2018.”

Find out more about our Women’s Health Obstetrics & Maternity Service, or find a midwife to be your lead maternity carer.

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