Where to go

The Women's Clinic - Palmerston North

Abortion services in the Mid-Central region are accessed through The Women's Clinic in Palmerston North. All women from the region considering abortion will be assessed at The Women's Clinic.

The clinic is free to Mid-Central residents and offers medical abortion for the first 9 weeks of pregnancy and surgical abortion for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Women requiring abortion after 12 weeks will be referred from The Women's Clinic to the Te Mahoe unit in Wellington.

The Women's Clinic offers privately funded medical and surgical abortion services to non Mid-Central residents. 

The First Step

You can contact the clinic directly on 0800 226 784 (0800 Abortion).

The reception staff will book you an appointment with the clinic nurse. During the nurse consultation you will be able to discuss your situation and will be given more information about your options. The nurse will also organise some essential blood and swab tests. Ultrasound scanning is also performed at the clinic. 

For women who are in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy abortion will be provided by the Women's Clinic. If you require abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy you will be referred to the Te Mahoe unit in Wellington.


All women who book at The Women’s Clinic will be offered counseling. Counseling is provided by the Social Work department at Palmerston North Hospital.  This service is free of charge to NZ residents and offers the opportunity to discuss the social and emotional aspects of the decision to terminate a pregnancy. This counselling session is optional, unless you are referred for surgical termination in Te Mahoe Unit in Wellington where prior attendance at counselling is mandatory. The counsellor is also available to you after you have been through the termination.

Medical Abortion at The Women's Clinic

Medical Abortion is available up to 9 weeks of pregnancy for women who live within an hour’s travel of Palmerston North and are living in a home situation where miscarriage is practical. Medical abortion is funded for Mid-Central residents. 

The medication for the abortion MUST be taken whilst you are at the clinic. You will then return home for the miscarriage to occur, this usually happens between 1 and 8 hours after taking the pills. In some cases you will need to return to the clinic within 48 hours for a further dose of medication if the first dose has failed to make you miscarry.  

Surgical Termination at the Women's Clinic

Surgical abortion up to 12 weeks of pregnancy under local anaesthetic (awake) is available at the Women's clinic. Surgical abortion is funded for Mid-Central residents.

Surgical Termination at the Te Mahoe Unit

Women who have a pregnancy of 13 weeks or greater will be referred to the Te Mahoe unit in Wellington.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) aand will usually require the woman to travel down the day before the procedure and stay overnight in Wellington.

Surgical abortion in Te Mahoe unit in Wellington is funded for Mid-Central residents.

Follow up

Follow-up is provided by The Women’s clinic, which also includes a comprehensive contraception service.

Follow-up counselling is available at the Social Work Department if needed.


The Women's Clinic services are free to all Mid Central DHB residents who are entitled to funded health care in New Zealand as is abortion at the Te Mahoe unit in Wellington for women with a later pregnancy. 

For non-residents, residents of other DHB regions and overseas visitors medical and surgical abortion are available through the Women's Clinic at a cost of $950.