12 Sep 2018

Disappointment over plan to solve Wanaka's midwife crisis

From Nine To Noon, 9:30 am on 12 September 2018
Pregnant woman sitting on a bench.

Pregnant woman sitting on a bench. Photo: 123RF

There's disappointment in Wanaka in response to the Southern District Health Board's plan to fix the midwife shortage for the area.

A document recently released sets out a plan to create a Maternal and Child Hub in the town - a facility one level below a primary birthing unit. There is also a $300 per-woman top up for midwives as part of the DHB's  "sustainability package".

But local campaigners say it won't address the basic issue - there simple aren't enough midwives in the area. Kathryn is joined by Lisa Gestro from the Southern DHB, campaigner from Save Our Wanaka Midwives, Kristi James and former midwife, Morgan Weathington.