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New Zealand Maternal Fetal Medicine Network (NZMFMN) - Christchurch

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    Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) is an Obstetric subspecialty and our service provides maternity care for women with complex medical conditions, either due to a maternal condition or a fetal abnormality. Our Women’s Outpatients department provides information, assessment, diagnosis and pregnancy management which includes fetal procedures and or therapies when indicated.

    We accept referrals from LMC’s, GP’s and or consultants within the Canterbury and West Coast DHB catchment area. All other South Island referrals must come via a Consultant Obstetrician to activate the referring DHB process and enable ongoing appropriate care.


    Click on the following link to view the New Zealand Maternal Fetal Medicine Network (NZMFMN) homepage.


    Common Questions about NZMFMN:


    NZMFMN Christchurch

    The Fetal Medicine Unit (part of the NZMFMN) for the South Island is based at Christchurch Women's Hospital.



    Nic Harrison; Jeannie Matthews; Michele Kane and Karen Gray.  Phone 364 4557 or contact us at


    • Dr Rosemary Reid

    • Dr Suganthi Chandru

    • Dr Shelly Mather

    • Prof Pippa Kyle


    Welcome to the New Zealand Maternal Fetal Medicine Network (NZMFMN)

    This Network was established in 2009 with support from the Ministry of Health to promote excellent MFM services around New Zealand and support maternity healthcare providers in District Health Boards. It is also hoped to encourage recruitment and retention within the sub-speciality field of Maternal Fetal Medicine.

    MFM includes the care of women with a high risk pregnancy. This may include women with a medical condition themselves or previous history of poor obstetric outcome. From the fetal perspective pregnancies complicated by fetal anomaly and complex multiple gestation are also cared for by MFM specialists and subspecialists.

    The subspecialties were developed by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology to :

    improve knowledge, practice, teaching and research promote the concentration of specialised expertise, special facilities and clinical material that will be of considerable benefit to some patients improve the recruitment of talented graduates into areas of recognised subspecialisation establish a close understanding and working relationship with other disciplines encourage co-ordinated management of relevant clinical services throughout a region accept a major regional responsibility for higher training, research and audit in areas of recognised subspecialisation establish, as far as possible, consistency in recruitment, training and assessment across areas of recognised subspecialisation.

    Catchment area for NZMFMN - Christchurch

    Map of the NZMFMN Christchurch catchment area.

    DHBs in the NZMFMN Christchurch catchment area include: West Coast, Canterbury, South Canterbury, Otago and Southland.

    Nelson Marlborough is referred to NZMFM Wellington.


    Please click on the following link to view Guidelines on the NZMFMN homepage

    Patient Information Leaflets

    Please click on the following link to view patient information leaflets on the NZMFMN homepage.

    What Teaching Opportunities Are Coming up at NZMFMN

    Please click on the following link to view what teaching opportunities are coming up at NZMFMN, on the NZMFMN homepage.

    Waiting Times

    Referrals to Fetal Medicine are triaged each day and we endeavour to provide appointments or contact the woman or referrer to discuss the case.

    Waiting times for patients will vary depending on gestational age and availability of the doctor's clinic appointment times.


    Maternity care is free for New Zealand citizens and residents. Click on the following link for More information on the cost of Maternity care in New Zealand


    Please contact Fetal Medicine (03) 364 4557 to discuss accommodation if you are from out of town.

    There are several options close by including Motels, YMCA, Ronald McDonald House and Ranui House.