12 Apr 2016

Birthing unit reopens following quake

5:31 pm on 12 April 2016

A Christchurch birthing unit closed after the Valentine's Day earthquake has been reopened temporarily after asbestos tests came back clear.

The Burwood Birthing Unit was closed after the 5.7 earthquake left mothers and midwives feeling unsafe in the building.

The decision was criticised by some expectant mothers and health advocates, with a protest outside the building last month.

Canterbury District Health Board chief executive David Meates said staff were given the go-ahead to move back into the unit this afternoon after asbestos results came back clear.

The birthing unit was now accepting women for birthing and post-natal care.

It will remain open until June, when it will be closed permanently and later demolished.

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