Pregnancy, childbirth and newborn information
Free Whooping Cough Booster
The whooping cough vaccine is available free for pregnant women living in the Counties Manukau region from 28- 38 weeks gestation and new mothers up to two weeks after delivery and needs to be repeated for EVERY pregnancy to protect the unborn baby. If you would like further information please discuss with your Midwife or GP. Please visit your GP surgery for your free immunization.
For further helpful information on the whooping cough vaccine please click here to the Immunisation Advisory Centre website.
If you are pregnant, quitting smoking is one of the best decisions you will ever make for you and your baby.
When you smoke, poisons enter your bloodstream, than pass through the placenta to baby. This puts baby at risk of numerous health problems including glue ear, asthma, leukemia and Sudden Unexplained Death in infancy (SUDI).
If you have diabetes or if it is found during your pregnancy this service will manage this side of your care. Midwives, obstetricians, diabetologists, and dietitians all work to help you control your diabetes. Your LMC or community midwife will usually provide basic midwifery care too.
After baby is born it's important to stay smokefree. The first six weeks is a time many women find challenging. Even if you don't smoke around baby, poisons from the cigarettes will stay in your clothes and hair. Baby will be exposed to these.
Talk to your doctor, midwife, nurse or freephone 0800 569568.
Useful resources and websites:
- Find a midwife
- A-Z on pregnancy and keeping healthy
- Your Pregnancy/Too Haputanga: a guide to pregnancy and childbirth in New Zealand
- Understanding Your Options for Maternity Care
- Breastfeeding Support in South Auckland
- Visiting hours
- What to bring to hospital
- Triple P - free parenting programmes available at ProCare
- Support after the loss of a baby
- How to get a car seat?