Canterbury's Maternity Service
Each year more than 5,500 women give birth at Christchurch Women’s Hospital which is the largest secondary/tertiary hospital in the South Island and the hub for the Fetal Maternal Medicine Service. This means that very unwell mama and pēpi (mothers and babies) have to birth here, or transfer here after birthing elsewhere, because it is where the expertise they need is.
The Maternity Ward, on Level Five of Christchurch Women’s Hospital, has 45 beds and is 80-90% full most of the time.
Māia Health Foundation Chief Executive Michael Flatman says the need at Christchurch Women’s Hospital is so great the Māia team knew they had to step up and take action.
“The staff at Christchurch Women’s Hospital go above and beyond every day to care for our community’s newest families. It’s time we cared for them and gave our new mums, babies and families all the support we can in those first few days together. Māia’s fifth birthday is the ideal milestone to launch this fundraising drive,” says Michael.
This an opportunity for you to support families with a new pēpi, so please gift it forward.
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