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Aronui Ora, maternal mental health service

Being pregnant and becoming a new parent are life-changing events. We are here to offer support to parents and caregivers who are really struggling to cope with their day-to-day life during this time.

There are many reasons why people struggle during pregnancy and early parenthood. Stress affects people in different ways. Our service sees people whose thoughts or feelings are badly affecting their ability to live well.

The symbol of the aronui (cloak) represents bringing together family and other supports for the total wellbeing of parents, caregivers and babies.

We see people during pregnancy (from 12 weeks), up until the baby is one year old. People tend to be involved with our service for three to six months.


We need a referral (a request for an appointment). This usually comes from a doctor (General Practitioner or ‘GP’). We will take referrals from midwives or other healthcare services (for example, a Well Child Tamariki Ora Provider).

After the referral, you can expect a phone call from someone on our team to help us decide if you are able to use the service.

Who works at Aronui Ora?

We have a range of registered healthcare practitioners who work at Aronui Ora. Our team is made up of caring people who are qualified and experienced in helping parents, caregivers and families during pregnancy and early parenthood.

What can Aronui Ora offer?

  • Assessments of mental health during pregnancy and early parenthood
  • Counselling and talking therapies
  • Groups (Dealing with Distress; Circle of Security Parenting)
  • Medication review and prescription
  • Referring to, and working with, other services
  • Relationship counselling
  • Other specialist assessments and interventions
  • Visits to National Women’s Hospital
  • Home visits
  • Accessible parking at Greenlane
  • Access to the regional Mother Baby Unit (a specialist ward at Starship Hospital)
  • Access to He Kakano Ora (Seeds of Life), who provide at-home and out-of-home care and support

Contact and location

Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm
Location: Aronui Ora, Auckland City Hospital, Ground Floor, Building 15, Cornwall Complex, Private Bag 92189, Greenlane Clinical Centre
Call: 09 630 9943 ext 26740 or 0800 43 43 44 (Freephone)
Urgent Response Service (24/7 mental health crisis response line): 0800 800 717