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Capital & Coast DHB Termination of Pregnancy & Counselling Service - Women's Health Service Te Mahoe

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Description

Women's Clinics - Te Mahoe provides a pregnancy termination and counselling service. Our mission is to provide safe, legal and ethical abortion services, within the framework of New Zealand law.

Pre-decision and post-abortion counselling are offered as part of our services. If a woman is uncertain about her options, or would like additional support while making her decision, a prompt appointment can be made to see one of the Te Mahoe counsellors/social workers. Women may self refer for early or post counselling by ringing Te Mahoe directly. 

Pregnancy abortion services are available at Te Mahoe from 5-19 weeks gestation. For an abortion over 19 weeks of pregnancy, you will need to contact services outside of New Zealand.

Terminations for fetal abnormality are coordinated by the Materno-Fetal Medicine team.

The most suitable method of abortion will be determined by the date of the pregnancy, past medical history and other factors that will be discussed between the woman and the certifying doctor.

Abortion services are provided by referral only. Wait times for initial appointments are usually between 1-7 days from referral. Your abortion procedure will be booked after your first visit. Wait times for the abortion is generally 1-10 days from the counselling visit, depending on the type of procedure and your gestation. 

Medical abortions are booked Tuesday - Friday, we can accommodate 3 per day. Local anaesthetic procedures are done Tuesday - Friday, with morning and early afternoon surgical lists. General anaesthetic procedures are limited to 4 per week and 2nd trimester inductions to Wednesdays only.

Early abortions (< 9 weeks) are preferred and are the safest procedures. Although abortion is one of the safest and most common procedures, it is not without risk.  We encourage you to see your GP immediately if you are considering pregnancy abortion. Early diagnosis will prevent delays in service provision.

Hours

Tuesday to Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm

Referral Expectations

I think I might be pregnant; what do I do?
First you need to confirm your pregnancy with a test.  You can see your GP, Family Planning or do a home test.

I'm pregnant and I'm not sure what to do
You can refer yourself to Women's Clinics - Te Mahoe for early counselling.  During this visit, our counsellors will help you to identify the options available to you, such as parenting and adoption and provide you with referrals for care or information on local resources.

I'm pregnant and don't want to continue with my pregnancy; who do I call?
A referral to Women's Clinics - Te Mahoe is made via a GP. If you choose not to see your usual GP, or feel they may not be supportive of your decision, you may wish to contact another GP for a referral or visit a local Family Planning clinic. At this appointment the GP will confirm your pregnancy, order bloods, swabs, and possibly a scan, and will call or fax a letter of referral to Te Mahoe requesting an appointment for you. We will provide your referring doctor with the date and time of your appointment.

What will happen when I visit Te Mahoe?
Your appointment with Te Mahoe will be on two separate days. On the first visit, "Day 1", you will see a counsellor to discuss your decision, review procedures and provide contraceptive education and planning.  You will then see a doctor for a medical assessment, examination and certification. If you meet the legal criteria for abortion, you will be booked for a second visit.  This first visit will take 3-4 hours.

For most surgical procedures, on "Day 2", the second certifying doctor will be seen and the abortion will take place if you meet the criteria for certification. Plan to be here for 3-4 hours and be sure to bring someone to drive you home.

If you are having a medical abortion, the first medication maybe started on Day 1 or another day that is convenient for you. Medical abortion may be done with a 24 or 48 hour interval between medicines.

Procedures / Treatments

  • Abortion under Local Anaesthesia (LA)

    Surgical terminations are done at Women's Clinics - Te Mahoe from 6 to 14 weeks under local anaesthetic (LA).  This is the most common method used in New Zealand, called dilatation and suction curettage or vacuum aspiration.… More PDF

  • Abortion under General Anaesthesia (GA)

    General anaesthetic (GA) is used for second trimester terminations up to 19 weeks gestation (called D&E) and for some first trimester pregnancies when it is determined by the doctor that a procedure under GA is medically advised.… More PDF

  • After Surgery Care

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  • Certification

    The doctor who examines you and the doctor who is involved in your procedure are known as certifying consultants.  In New Zealand all women undergoing pregnancy termination must be certified by 2 consultants before the procedure.  Abortion is illegal in New Zealand without this process.  These consultants must agree that… More

  • Contact Information for Te Mahoe Patients who have Taken Mifegyne (Mifepristone)

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  • Counselling

    All women that come to Women's Clinics - Te Mahoe for termination see a counsellor before seeing a certifying consultant.  Te Mahoe has qualified counsellors and social workers whose role is to discuss with you the reasons for your decision, how you feel about your decision and to assess your… More

  • Early Medical Abortion

    Early Medical Abortion (MTOP) is provided from 5+ weeks to 9 weeks from your last menstrual period.  This is a non-surgical procedure intended to induce miscarriage.  Many women feel that this is a more "natural" approach to pregnancy termination. … More

  • First Trimester Medical Abortion

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  • Second Trimester Medical Abortion

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  • Information for Women who have not Aborted Prior to Leaving Te Mahoe

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  • Laminaria Insertion - Patient Information

    A Laminaria is an osmotic dilator made of a thin strip of sterile seaweed.… More PDF

  • Medical Assessment

    Once you have seen a counsellor, you will return to the waiting room.  A doctor will call you next.  Once again, the doctor would like to speak with you alone before you are joined by your support person.  The doctor will ask you some questions about your health and will… More

  • Potential Emotions and Issues After an Abortion - Patient Information

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  • Pregnancy Options & Decision Making

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  • Pregnancy Tissue - Information for Te Mahoe Patients

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  • Second Trimester Induction of Labour

    Induction of labour (IOL) is occasionally done to terminate pregnancies over 16 weeks and the preferred method for those over 19 weeks at Wellington Hospital.  It is done when a woman wishes to take the fetus home for burial or cremation or when medical evaluation of the fetus is warranted… More

  • Te Mahoe Pregnancy Loss Counselling Support Service

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Charges

If you are not born in New Zealand, you may have to pay for health services. Eligibility for services is determined by reviewing your visa status. The Ministry of Health (MOH) website can also provide you with additional information. Termination of pregnancy is not considered "urgent" by MOH definition and therefore may not be covered under the reciprocal agreements between Australia and New Zealand, or the UK and New Zealand.

If you are not eligible for services, the following charges apply as of February 2014:

  • 1st trimester abortion  $1110.82
  • 2nd trimester abortion $1359.12
  • Interpreter fees $200.00
  • Mirena IUD $322.00
  • Mirena / Jadelle prescription fee $5.00

All fees must be paid at the time of service. 

All individuals born outside of New Zealand are required to bring evidence of their status.  Evidence must be presented at the time of service to confirm eligibility.  If you are unable to produce eligibility evidence, you will be required to pay.  Fees can be reimbursed once documentation has been produced.

We accept Visa, Mastercard, EFTPOS and cash for payment. If you are unable to meet the full cost of the procedure, please discuss with the Te Mahoe Manager. It may be possible to make suitable financial arrangements.  

Visiting Hours

Women's Clinics - Te Mahoe is a secure unit for your safety and confidentiality. No one is allowed into Te Mahoe unless they are a patient or a known support person. We appreciate this is a stressful time and encourage you to bring a support person to the visit. However, due to limited space we do ask that you invite no more than 2 visitors. Please respect the security by limiting your movement in and out of the clinic setting.

Any time you or your support person(s) wish to enter the unit, you must wait for the Women’s Clinics receptionist to unlock the door. Please only let yourself and your support people through the door.

When you come for your first appointment, you will be asked if anyone will be calling or coming for you. No information about you will be given out by phone to callers without your permission. At times this can be frustrating for callers and visitors who think we should be more helpful. Please give the names of all support persons to the receptionist. Without this information we will not allow entry into Te Mahoe and will not give any details out by phone about you. The main hospital operators are also aware that no information is to be given out to any callers for Te Mahoe patients.

Please make every effort to find suitable childcare.  You will be here for several hours each visit. Children are not allowed in the waiting room unaccompanied. If you bring children with you they must have a responsible adult with them to mind them in the waiting area while you have your appointment.  Please be aware that it is a long day for children and that small children can disturb other patients in the waiting area.

No children are allowed in the ward area. One support person may accompany you in the ward, however they are not allowed in the operating theatre. Te Mahoe nurses will support you through the procedure and your support person is welcome to wait in your room.

A reminder to support persons, there is no smoking in Capital & Coast hospital or hospital grounds.

Refreshments

You can purchase meals from: 

  • Fuel coffee bar located in the main corridor by the purple lifts
  • Wishbone located in the Atrium of the main hospital
  • The hospital shop is located in the Atrium of the main hospital. It is open from 7:30am - 5:30pm, Mon to Fri and 9:00am - 3:00pm Sat & Sun.

Travel Directions

Many of you are coming from out of the Wellington area.  Please check www.wises.co.nz for driving directions to Wellington.

Accessing Women's Clinics - Te Mahoe:

Patients with appointments within the new location will access the unit either from the underground carpark using the green lift and exiting on Level 3 or from the New Hospital main entrance on Riddiford Street and going up the escalator.  When you arrive you will see a door with Te Mahoe on it. This is a secure unit, so please ring the bell and wait for the receptionist to respond. 

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Public Transport

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Parking

Parking areas for patients and visitors are provided as follows:

Main Public Car Park - entrance off Riddiford Street. This is a well lit car park with mechanical barrier arms at the entrance.
Collect your ticket on arrival from the machine on entering the underground car park. All parking fees are payable when you leave the car park at any Auto Pay Station. You can pay with notes, coins or credit cards at the Auto Pay Station.
Alternatively there is an ASB ATM cashflow machine in the main atrium on Level 2. This machine accepts most major cards. 

Parking Prices for Main Public Car Park

Monday to Friday

0 - 20 mins

Free

20 mins - 1 hour

$4.00

1 - 2 hours

$6.00

2 - 3 hours

$7.00

3 - 4 hours

$8.00

4 - 5 hours

$9.00

5+ hours

$10.00

Parking Prices for Pay and Display Coupon areas

0 - 1 hour

$3.00

1 - 2 hours

$5.00

2 - 3 hours

$6.00

3 - 4 hours

$7.00

4+ hours

$8.00

Wellington Hospital map showing public car parking.

Car Park Management
Care Park manage the hospital car park in accordance with the C&CDHB Car Park Management Plan. Cars may be towed away if parked in no parking zones (yellow lines). Enforcement Notices are issued in Pay and Display areas where no valid coupon is displayed. All net income from the parking is used by C&CDHB to fund other projects such as the free patient shuttle from Kenepuru to Wellington Hospitals or an on-site shuttle service for patients.
Care Park contact: 0800 227 372.

Accommodation

Whanau Care Services
Accommodation at Te Pehi Parata Whanau Whare for patients & whanau.
Temporary accommodation is provided for patients and whanau who are supporting an inpatient from outside the Capital & Coast District Health Board region.
Sometimes patients who are booked to have surgery at Wellington Hospital need to come in before their operation to be assessed by the doctors or nurses. They may be asked to be at hospital early on the morning of their surgery. This can be difficult for patients who live out of the Wellington region.
Accommodation is limited with pre-booking advised. There is one room per whanau for three or four people depending on availability.
Book through Whanau Care Services between 8:00am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
The cost of a room is $30.00 a night with a $10.00 refundable key bond.

Motels -There are several motels in the area that have reasonable prices.

Security

Women's Clinics - Te Mahoe is a secure unit for your safety and confidentiality. No one is allowed into Te Mahoe unless they are a patient or a known support person.

Any time you or your support person(s) wish to enter the unit, you must wait for the Women’s Clinics receptionist to unlock the door. Please only let yourself and your support people through the door.                              

When you come for your first appointment, you will be asked if anyone will be calling or coming for you. No information about you will be given out by phone to callers without your permission. At times this can be frustrating for callers and visitors who think we should be more helpful. Please give the names of all support persons to the receptionist. Without this information we will not allow entry into Te Mahoe and will not give any details out by phone about you. The main hospital operators are also aware that no information is to be given out to any callers for Te Mahoe patients. If you have any particular security concerns, please tell the receptionist or Manager.

When you come to Te Mahoe for your first visit, you will need to ring the bell at the entrance and wait for the receptionist to answer.

There is often a Right to Life member at the main entrance to the hospital. They are not allowed onto hospital premises. If you are approached, please ignore them and continue to Te Mahoe.  They do not know why you are visiting the hospital.  If you are followed onto hospital property, please report this to the manager of Te Mahoe and it will be reported to security.

Contact Details

General Enquiries: (04) 385 5999
Fax: (04) 385 5856

Emergency Department: Open 24 hours / 7 days, Phone (04) 385 5999

Wellington Hospital
Riddiford Street
Newtown
Wellington 6021

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Riddiford Street
Newtown
Wellington 6021

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Women's Clinics -Te Mahoe
Level 3
Womens Clinic
Riddiford Street
Newtown
Wellington 6021

This page was last updated at 1:06PM on March 13, 2017. This information is reviewed and edited by Capital & Coast DHB Termination of Pregnancy & Counselling Service - Women's Health Service Te Mahoe.