Consumer perspectives of primary birthing in Counties Manukau Health

Project background

Moana Research was commissioned by Counties Manukau Health to understand mothers views on where they chose to birth (home, hospital or primary birthing unit) and the decisions surrounding this choice. This project provided an opportunity for mothers and fathers to share their views and experiences, and create an ideal birthing unit which mothers would want to use.



Parents were recruited from across the Counties Manukau region during August and September 2018 (n=78). Eight focus groups were conducted in Māngere, Botany,Ōtara, Papakura (x2), Papatoetoe (Indian focused), and Pukekohe (x2). Seven were conducted in English and one used both Punjabi and English interchangeably using a bilingual facilitator. Empathy interviews using the life stories approach was also undertaken with four mothers chosen from the focus group consultations.


Benefits for families and communities

The key recommendations, together with the ideal birthing unit vision created by parents in this project provides a unique opportunity for Counties Manukau Health to respond. Although some of the recommendations may currently exist, there is an opportunity to review its current practice, particularly areas parents have strongly identified.