Where to go

Wellington Hospital

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

To be referred, you can 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 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.

If you are less than 7 weeks it may be possible to start the medication on the same day as you as you receive counseling. If you are between 7 and 9 weeks medical abortion will be a 2 day process.

Travel overseas is not advised for 2/52 due to the difficulty in accurate follow up and your safety.


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.

For pregnancies between 14+6 and 18+0 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.