Frequently asked questions

Can I make an appointment to see you? Or do I need to be referred?

You can make an appointment with us directly for pregnancy care - in fact we would suggest you book an appointment as soon as possible.  For gynaecology consults, however, a referral from your family doctor is preferred. This is to ensure we get to know everything we need to from the beginning as well as ensuring that you, your GP and the team at Femina are all involved working in unison to get you the best results.

How do I make an appointment?

If you are pregnant wanting specialist care you can either give us a call on (03) 968 3430 or email us at

If you have been referred by your GP we will contact you to arrange a time that suits you.

I’m pregnant, what do I do now?

Congratulations!  If you would like Femina to help keep you and your baby safe along your journey then get in contact as soon as you can.  We accept direct bookings for pregnancy care so give us a call! We would suggest organising an LMC (lead maternity care) midwife as soon as possible too as the one you want may already be getting booked up.  At Femina we can help you find an LMC that we think you will get along well with. It is also really important to let your GP know too as there may be important aspects of your care that need to be addressed.

To find a midwife in your area, visit

We’re hoping to start a family, do I need to do anything now?

At Femina we are here to make sure you get the best possible pregnancy experience, and we can be with you every step along the way.  We would be happy to see you for a pre-conceptual check consultation. There are some basics that are worth thinking of as early as possible (even before trying to get pregnant).  It is recommended that all women in New Zealand take a simple supplement called folic acid, though the dose you need may depend on your medical history. We would always encourage you to involve your GP too, though we can take care of this for you.


I’m close to having a baby, can I still have a private obstetrician?

Ideally we would like to care for you throughout the pregnancy, that way we have gotten to know you and your family so we can tailor the delivery to be as stress free as possible. Unfortunately, we are not able to look after every woman who wants private obstetric care so we suggest getting in touch as soon as you can. That being said, we’ll always do our best to help you if we can.   


How much does specialist pregnancy care cost?

If you’re thinking of private care, it’s a good idea to contact your health insurance provider to see what they cover.  At Femina we offer very competitive pricing for specialist obstetric care.  We suggest getting in touch to see how much it will cost.  

How much does a consultation cost?

The consultation fee will depend on the type of appointment you require.  It is easiest for you to give us a call on (03) 9683430 or email us: for a quote.

How much will my surgery cost?

The cost of surgeries vary greatly depending on the operation. Your specialist will be happy to talk you through estimates.  Give us a call on (03) 9683430 or email us: for a quote.


If I have health insurance what will be covered?

If you have health insurance it is likely all, or most of your care will be covered by your insurance provider.  Having said that, it is worth getting prior approval before proceeding with your consultation or treatment.  

How do I organise the payment process if I have private health insurance?

We will walk you through the process and provide you with an invoice after your appointment.  As the policy holder you will need to pass this on to your insurance provider for prompt payment. 

I don't have private health insurance, how do I pay?

If your consultation is not covered by an insurance provider, payment will be requested at the end
of your appointment. You can pay by EFTPOS or by Visa or MasterCard.  We cannot accept payment by cash. 

Where can I find out more about my surgery or procedure?

There is lots of information regarding different operations and procedures for our patients
available at these links:

If the answer you seek is not in the FAQs link above, contact us on (03) 968 3430
and we will endeavour to help you .