The Te Mahoe Unit in Wellington Hospital provides an abortion up to 19 weeks of pregnancy.
This service for the greater Wellington area (Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley DHB) and accepts referrals by arrangement from Mid-Central, Whanganui, Nelson-Marlborough, Wairarapa, Hawkes Bay and Tairawhiti DHBs.
The First Step
The first step is to see a GP or Family Planning doctor. They will talk to you and organise some essential blood and swab tests, offer you a counselling appointment and, if you wish, book you an appointment at the Te Mahoe clinic.
Counselling is a essential part of the process at the Te Mahoe unit. As well as offering counselling they will also explain the process and options available to you. The counsellor is also available to you after you have been through the termination.
Medical Termination at the Te Mahoe Unit
Medical termination is available to all women up to 9 weeks of pregnancy.
If you are less than 7 weeks pregnant you may be able to have all of the medicines at the same time.
If your pregnancy is between 7 and 9 weeks you will need to come back later in the day or the following day for another medicine.
Once you have taken the final medication you will have the option of staying for the day for the miscarriage to occur on the ward or going home for it to happen in your own surroundings.
Surgical Termination at the Te Mahoe Unit
The procedure is done by vacuum aspiration under local anaesthetic (awake) up to 14 weeks of pregnancy.
For pregnancies between 14 and 19 weeks in performed under general anaesthetic (asleep) as a day stay.
Follow-up is provided by the referring doctor. Follow-up counselling is available, as above, through the counsellors at the Te Mahoe Unit.