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National Perinatal Pathology Service

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Perinatal Pathology Centres

The Service is provided by Auckland and Canterbury District Health Boards, with perinatal pathologists based in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. The Service is primarily provided during normal business hours unless circumstances warrant more urgent access. 

The post-mortem examination will take place in a mortuary. Each mortuary has a Whānau room where you can wait until the post-mortem is complete if you wish. You can also choose to transport your baby to the mortuary where the post-mortem examination will take place and your maternity care team will help to coordinate this. 

Your baby will go to the Auckland City Hospital mortuary, Labplus, Building 31, Gate 4, Grafton Road. The Whānau room is on the ground floor at the front of the LabPlus building and can be accessed from outside the building. Limited parking is available on the courtyard directly outside the Whānau Room, or there is the Wilson Carpark B, close to the LabPlus building (charges apply).


Your baby will go to the Wellington Hospital mortuary, which is behind the Emergency Department building of Wellington Hospital. If you are transporting your baby to the mortuary, you will be received by mortuary staff and then accompanied by a staff member to the Ngaio or Rata room. There is paid parking available either in the main car park under the hospital, via the Riddiford Street entrance, or off Mein street (park between the green lines only).