Where to go

Whangarei Hospital

Whangārei Hospital provides abortion services.

The First Step

Call (09) 430 4100 and ask to be put through to a Pregnancy Counsellor. 

To be referred, you can see a GP or Family Planning doctor. Alternatively, you can see one of the social workers at Whangarei Hospital for initial counselling.

They will talk to you, offer you a counselling appointment if you wish, and book you in for an appointment at Whangarei Hospital.  At that appointment, you will probably have a scan, necessary blood and swab tests, and arrangements will be made for medical or surgical abortion.


All women are offered counselling but it is not compulsory and most decline the offer.

Medical Termination

Early Medical Abortion (EMA) is available up to 9 weeks gestation.  You are given pills to take at home, and then you pass the pregnancy at home (like a miscarriage).

Surgical Termination at Whangarei Hospital

The procedure is done by vacuum aspiration, usually under general anaesthetic (asleep) up to 14 weeks of pregnancy.

Termination more than 14 weeks pregnant

Late Medical Abortion (LMA) is provided on the gynaecology ward up to 20 weeks and on the maternity ward up to 22 weeks.  Like EMA pills are used to end the pregnancy.  As the process is usually more painful at this stage it is performed in hospital to ensure you have adequate pain relief.


Follow-up is provided by the referring doctor. Follow-up counselling is available, as above, through the social workers at Whangarei Hospital.