New midwifery office to open in city

A midwifery office is opening in the Christchurch city centre after 18 months of operating out of a motel.

The New Zealand College of Midwives (NZCOM) head office, which was in a 100-year-old brick villa in Manchester St, was severely damaged in the September 2010 earthquake.

NZCOM chief executive Karen Guilliland said they planned to repair it, but the February 22, 2011 quake and subsequent aftershocks forced them to rethink.

"Repair and restoration was our first choice but as we looked at the costings it became clear we couldn't make that work."

The not-for-profit organisation's national committee decided to rebuild a two-storey building on the original site.

The new building houses the college and its sister organisation, the Midwifery and Maternity Provider Organisation, which provides management and practice support for self-employed midwives.

It also provides clinic rooms for Christchurch midwives and mothers.

An official opening will be held on Wednesday.

The Press