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Find a midwife working in your area:
Our midwives provide maternity care for women who have additional social and psychological issues which may impact on their life when they are pregnant. Our social worker works alongside pregnant women to connect them to services which can assist and empower them.
Our midwife will inform you of your choices for maternity care which are to be with one of our community midwives who provide will look after you during your pregnancy and for up to 6 weeks after your baby is born. When you are in labour, the midwives at the birthing unit or hospital will look after you and support you to birth your baby. If you choose to have care with a self employed midwife then she/he will provide your maternity care through your pregnancy, birth and for up to six weeks after the birth of your baby.
You do not need to see your family doctor for pregnancy care and will be charged as normal for any visits that are non-pregnancy related.
Your community midwife will offer to see you at home, school or a place of your choice for your pregnancy checks.
Your midwife will talk to you about preparing for having your baby. Our social worker will provide advice and information about financial, educational and social choices.
It's a really good idea to get in touch with a midwife as soon as you know that you are pregnant.
You can refer yourself for maternity care by dropping in at a Primary Birthing Unit.
The midwives and social worker can help you with:
There are different types of classes available in Counties Manukau, please contact the provider of your choice here to obtain more information about what they can offer you. Also speak with your LMC as they can guide you toward making the decision that’s right for you.
Publicly Funded (FREE) sessions are available through:
Not Publicly Funded:
Mother and Pepe Services
The service is open to all young mums with a particular focus on young Maori mums. The service is provided by Maori health workers who have recognised skills or experience in the maternity or childcare areas and who have strong links with the Maori community. Contacts are:
Birthing and Assessment
Middlemore Hospital (09) 276 0044 extension 58350