Where to go

Civic Family Health Care

Civic Family Health provides assessment for women wanting an abortion. 

They will provide medical abortion from the clinic or refer to Wairau Hospital for surgical abortion.

The First Step

You can contact Civic Family Health directly. They will talk to you and organise some essential blood and swab tests and offer you a counselling appointment.


Counselling is available at the Wairau Hospital, and is offered to every patient. You will be offered this as an option in your care. 

Counselling is also available post-procedure.

Medical Termination

Medical termination is available up to 9 weeks of pregnancy at Civic Family Health.

Surgical Termination at Wairau Hospital

For surgical termination you will be referred to Wairau Hospital. The procedure is done by vacuum aspiration under general anaesthetic (asleep) up to 13 weeks of pregnancy.

Surgical Termination after 13 weeks

Patients are referred to the Te Mahoe Unit at Wellington Hospital.

Patients travelling to Wellington are directed to WINZ if they are in financial difficulty and can claim under a Special Needs Grant for $300 for their travel expenses.

Follow up

Follow-up is provided by the referring doctor or the operating doctor if preferred by the patient. Follow-up counselling is available in the Social Work Department if needed.