Lakes DHB committed to primary birthing and postnatal service in Taupō
27/10/2020 4:57:49 p.m.

Tuesday 27 October 2020


Midwifery staffing shortages are forcing health managers to make some staffing changes in the Taupō Maternity Unit at Taupō Hospital.

There is a long-established shortage of midwives in New Zealand, and like many other rural areas, Lakes DHB has struggled to attract hospital midwives to work at Taupō Hospital. Coupled with the resignation of the clinical midwifery manager at Taupō last month, Lakes DHB is proposing changes that will allow maternity services to continue in Taupō for the foreseeable future.

Many maternity services in other DHBs use registered nurses in maternity services. Registered nurses are able to work in maternity and where there are midwife shortages, they have been increasingly used.

Chief Operating Officer Alan Wilson says some registered nurses are already used in the Rotorua Maternity Services.

Around 400 Taupō /Tūrangi women have babies each year, with about 200 women giving birth at Rotorua and 200 in Taupō.

Alan Wilson says the DHB is committed to continue providing a primary birthing and postnatal service in Taupō.

Discussions are currently being held with hospital midwives, lead maternity carers and nursing staff and the respective unions.

“We are confident this can be a sustainable solution and women in Taupō/ Tūrangi can continue to get a high quality maternity service in Taupō,” Alan Wilson says.

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