The Te Mahoe Unit in Wellington Hospital provides an abortion up to 18 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
- Self- referral is possible by phoning Te Mahoe on 04 806 0761
- Women can still be referred to the unit from FPA or their GP
Counselling is optional but you will be given information explaining the process and contraception options for afterward. The counselor is also available to you after you have been through the termination.
Medical Termination at the Te Mahoe Unit
Medical abortion is available up to 9 weeks of pregnancy for women who live within one hour of a tertiary hospital, have a good understanding of English, reliable support and living in a home situation practical for a miscarriage.
Te Mahoe may be able to offer a one day service when clinically appropriate and if all tests are done before coming to Te Mahoe. Please note that this is not always possible for all women or suitable if women have medical conditions or other issues.
Surgical Termination at the Te Mahoe Unit
The procedure is done by vacuum aspiration under local anaesthetic (awake) up to 14+6 weeks of pregnancy.
Te Mahoe will, in the future, be able to offer a one day service when clinically appropriate. Please note that currently, this is not always possible for all women or suitable if women have medical conditions or other issues.
For pregnancies between 14+6 and 19 weeks this operation is performed under general anaesthetic (asleep) or a spinal anaesthetic, usually as a day stay but some women may have to stay overnight if they live outside the Wellington area. Women will need at least two appointments at Te Mahoe – one for a pre-assessment followed by one for the operation.
Follow-up for surgical termination is provided by your GP or FPA. Follow up for early medical termination is provided by Te Mahoe unit. Follow-up counselling is available, as above, through the counsellors at the Te Mahoe Unit. Unit.