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If you are unable to find an LMC midwife from the list, contact us via our online form or phone us on 0800 Find MW (0800 346 369). Leave a message and we will ring you back.

Virtual tours of CCDHB maternity facilties

There are three birthing facilities in CCDHB. Watch the videos below for virtual tours of each of these units.

Wellington Regional Hospital maternity unit virtual tour

Kenepuru Community Hospital maternity unit virtual tour

Paraparaumu maternity unit virtual tour

Antenatal and breastfeeding classes

Antenatal classes

Community based antenatal classes provide information on pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal care. Speak to a midwife about booking into classes in the community.

Breastfeeding classes

There are breastfeeding classes available at Wellington and Kenepuru Hospital. These are also offered in Chinese Mandarin at Johnsonville Plunket Family Centre. Speak to a midwife about booking into classes.

Wellington Hospital classes

The classes are being held in the Outpatients Department in Wellington Hospital. Enter via the new entrance on Riddiford Street. The Outpatients department is just behind the Reception Desk in the Atrium. The classes are from 6-8pm.

Please feel free to bring along a support person if you can - either a partner, a parent, a sibling ... anyone who will be there for you when your baby arrives. Please also bring a baby sized doll or teddy to the second session if you have one (if not, we have some to share!)

The classes are free, but a koha (donation) towards refreshments is welcome. These classes are always well attended, and women are often turned away because they are full. If you find you are unable to attend, please let me know so your place can be given to someone else.

If this is your work email, please could I have a home email also if you anticipate starting maternity leave before the classes.

Breastfeeding Classes and Breastfeeding Information – Wellington and Kenepuru hospital

For information about the free breastfeeding classes see

https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/public/obstetric-and-gynaecology/capital-coast-dhb-womens-health-obstetrics/im:394838/

Breastfeeding Classes and Breastfeeding Information - Chinese Mandarin

Free breastfeeding classes in Chinese Mandarin are being held at Johnsonville Plunket Family Centre – for people living in the greater Wellington and Hutt regions.

https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/public/obstetric-and-gynaecology/capital-coast-dhb-womens-health-obstetrics/breastfeeding-classes-chinese-mandarin/

Hand expressing taught in classes

We encourage you to check out whether you can express a drop or two of colostrum? If you’ve tried and not managed to get any drops, don't panic about 25% of women don’t get any colostrum during pregnancy, but it doesn’t mean you won’t make milk once your baby is born.Just keep calm and keep trying – you’re improving your chances of good breastfeeding just by getting familiar with your breasts.You might like to discuss this with your LMC and get her to check your technique.These 2 clips about expressing may help:

This is the clip we watched on hand expressing.Please notice that when the fingers are lined up at the edge of the areola, thumb tip, nipple tip and finger tip in a straight line like traffic lights, then expressing is more successful: https://www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca/home/articles/video-hand-expressing-breastmilk

And this one is about using a pump and your hands at the same time to make more milk:http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/MaxProduction.html

Remember, if you have a risk factor for low milk supply (there are lots …. induction of labour, caesarean section, polycystic ovaries, diabetes, baby in NICU, IVF, obesity and some others) it is very valuable to have some colostrum for your baby, especially on the 2nd night.

PLEASE check with your midwife if she’s happy for you to start expressing and collecting your milk whilst you’re pregnant. If you experience uterine tightenings whilst expressing, or any bleeding, then stop and consult your midwife.

This is the link to the CCDHB breastfeeding leaflets:http://www.healthpoint.co.nz/default,142354.sm

This is the link to the breastfeeding DVD I gave out.Please find time to watch it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shhSsbEcqkI

  • Don’t forget to bring your antenatal breast milk with you when you come in for your birth. Put a note on your hospital bag saying “Got Milk?” If you need more syringes please ask your LMC midwife.

  • Plan to come to a Little Latch On if you stay at Wellington Hospital: Monday to Friday, 10.00-11.00am tell your visitors not to come at that time.

Websites, which give really good information on breastfeeding:

This is a YouTube clip showing the same technique I taught about how to latch your baby

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l5BpqllTLg

http://www.healthpoint.co.nz/specialists/obstetric-and-gynaecology/capital-coast-dhb-womens-health-obstetrics/breastfeeding-support-in-your-community-for/for information about breastfeeding supports in your area

http://www.skintoskincontact.com/ssc-based-mother.aspx fantastic information about why skin to skin is important

http://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/pregnancy-and-kids/first-year/first-6-weeks/keeping-baby-safe-bed-first-6-weeks This is essential information about how to protect your baby during sleep

http://www.changeforourchildren.co.nz/pepi_pod_programme This website has helpful information and suggestions for safer sleeping arrangements

http://www.llli.org/resources.html La Leche League - for great information about breastfeeding

And finally, this is vital information for you about YOU sleeping safely during the last 3 months of your pregnancy: http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/93659877/stillbirth-risk-quadruples-from-women-sleeping-on-backs-in-late-pregnancy

Resources:

www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly This excellent site has lots of sound advice about breastfeeding, links to youtube, and if you want to know more about proven health benefits of breastfeeding

http://www.unicef.org.uk/BabyFriendly/News-and-Research/Research/

http://www.healthpoint.co.nz/default,142354.sm for copies of our breastfeeding leaflets

http://www.kidshealth.org.nz/good-latch-key-successful-breastfeeding This site has graphics of latching baby at the breast, and hand expressing

http://www.changeforourchildren.co.nz/safe_start_programme/baby_essentials_online This is essential information about how to protect your baby during sleep

http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexmh/breastfeeding-questions-support The NZ Ministry of Health’s breastfeeding website

http://www.llli.org/resources.html La Leche League

http://www.tapuaki.org.nz/ great fun and informative

app about being pregnant especially for Pacific people (but great for everyone!)

http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2014/02/03/how-breast-milk-engineers-a-babys-gut-and-gut-microbes/ The importance of microbes for your baby’s future health

 

Information about CCDHB maternity services on Healthpoint website

The Healthpoint website has information, including brochures to download and print, about women's health and maternity services at CCDHB. Visit http://www.healthpoint.co.nz/public/obstetric-and-gynaecology/capital-coast-dhb-womens-health-obstetrics/?region=33

 

Induction of labour OBLIGE study

The OBLIGE Research Team from Auckland University and Wellington Hospital wish to inform you about the Outpatients Balloon vs Inpatient Gel (OBLIGE) study.

There are many reasons why pregnant women may be advised to have their labour induced, or started artificially, before the body has gone into labour naturally. If your midwife or doctor has recommended that you have your labour induced, then please keep reading.

Prior to the onset of labour, your cervix is closed, firm and long. Early labour pains – which are often irregular and less painful – soften and thin the cervix. This process is stimulated by the hormone prostaglandin, which the body produces when labour begins naturally.

If you are being induced, this prostaglandin hormone will be given to you to soften your cervix, which mimics the process of natural labour. You may need several doses of this hormone gel and will stay in hospital throughout.

An alternative method of inducing labour is to have a soft, flexible balloon catheter gently placed through your cervix. This stimulates your own natural prostaglandin hormone to soften your cervix. You will be able to go home during this process if you meet the criteria to be part of the OBLIGE study.

Your LMC or the research team will discuss the criteria with you. Inclusion criteria includes one baby in a head down position, planning an induction of labour (IOL) at ≥ 37 weeks gestation. You would need to be able to remain within one hour of Wellington Hospital whilst an outpatient, if allocated to the balloon group. Women who have had a previous caesarean would not be included as prostaglandins would be contraindicated.

The aim of this study is to find out which method is more effective to induce your labour. If you agree to participate in this study, then on the day of your induction, you will be selected by chance to have it started by one of these two methods. This means you have a 50/50 chance to be in the prostaglandin hormone gel group and remain in hospital, or to be in the balloon catheter group and go home (outpatient) for the first 18-24 hours.

After your baby is born, we will ask you to complete a brief questionnaire about your experience having your labour induced. Participation is voluntary. The study is confidential; your privacy will be protected. Your care will not be affected if you choose not to participate.

If you would like more information discuss this study with your LMC and click on the following Participation Information Sheet.

Participation Information Sheet

 

Last updated 19 June 2018.