19 Sep 2019

Simon Bridges pledges birthing unit in Wanaka if elected

From Checkpoint, 5:15 pm on 19 September 2019

National leader Simon Bridges travelled to Wanaka today and promised a much-needed birthing unit if his party is elected next year.

Maternity care in Wanaka has come under increased scrutiny since June when a mother gave birth on an office floor.

There are only two midwives there - so women either give birth at home or travel up to three and a half hours to Dunedin for additional support.

And as Tess Brunton reports, whilst mothers were receptive to the news, they say they don't want a serious issue to become a political football.