Capital and Coast District Health Board logo

Contact us

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.

Five things to do in early pregnancy

Posters detailing 5 things to do within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy posters are available in the following languages:

Pregnant woman1) Find a lead maternity carer (LMC)

Your LMC will support you during your pregnancy, labour and the first few weeks after your baby is born.

See our downloadable list of midwives in Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti or you can contact us for more information.

You can also read more about how to find a midwife here.

2) Folic acid and iodine

Start taking folic acid and iodine. These are essential nutrients for you and your baby.

Read more about this at https://www.healthed.govt.nz/resource/folic-acid-and-spina-bifidaiodine-and-iodine-deficiency.

3) Make a decision about screening tests

A number of screening tests are offered for women and their babies. It is your choice whether to have these done or not. The first tests should happen in the first 10 to 14 weeks of your pregnancy.

Antenatal blood tests

At the first appointment with your Midwife/LMC you will be asked about antenatal blood tests. These are taken to check rubella immunity, blood group and antibodies, your hepatitis, syphilis and HIV status and full blood count. Download a flyer about antenatal blood tests from the National Screening Unit.

HIV testing in pregnancy

You can download information about antenatal screening for HIV in in Maori, Samoan, Tongan, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Hindi, Korean and Swahili on this page.

Diabetes testing

Diabetes testing is offered twice in pregnancy: as part of the first antenatal blood test and again when you are 24 to 28 weeks pregnant. Read more about diabetes testing during pregnancy on the Ministry of Health's website.

Screening for Down syndrome and other conditions

Antenatal screening for Down syndrome and other conditions can be done either before 14 weeks or between 14 and 20 weeks of pregnancy. Read more about this on the National Screening Unit website.

4) Give your baby the best possible start

Avoid smoking, alcohol and recreational drugs.

You may find the following resources useful:

5) Eat well and stay active

Eating well and doing moderate physical activity during pregnancy are important for you and your baby. Nutritional needs are higher when you are pregnant. Meeting these needs helps protect the long-term health of both you and your baby.


Dental health and healthy eating

Dental health

Looking after your dental health is particularly important during pregnancy. Read 5 tips to keep your smile healthy on the Bee Healthy Regional Dental Service website.

Healthy eatingHealthy eating for pregnant women brochure cover

Eating well and doing moderate physical activity during pregnancy are important for you and your baby. Nutritional needs are higher when you are pregnant. Meeting these needs helps protect the long-term health of both you and your baby. Read 5 tips to keep your smile healthy on the Bee Healthy Regional Dental Service website.

The same site also has a resource about avoiding listeria for vulnerable people, including pregnant women.

Pregnancy information from the Ministry of Health

  • The Ministry of Education's HealthEd website has extensive information and resources related to pregnancy. Visit www.healthed.govt.nz.

Newborn screening programmes

Newborn Metabolic Screening Programme

This screens for rare but potentially serious disorders such as phenylketonuria (PKU), cystic fibrosis and congenital hypothyroidism. A blood sample is taken from your baby's heel at 48 hours of age (the 'heel prick' or 'Guthrie' test). If a disorder is found, early treatment can prevent permanent damage or death.

Find out more at https://www.nsu.govt.nz/pregnancy-newborn-screening/newborn-metabolic-screening-programme-heel-prick-test.

Newborn Hearing Screening Programme

This screens for hearing loss, referring to audiology for diagnosis and treatment.

Find out more at https://www.nsu.govt.nz/pregnancy-newborn-screening/universal-newborn-hearing-screening-programme.

SmartStart - making it easier to access government services

The Department of Internal Affairs, along with several other government agencies including the Ministry of Health, have created a online service called SmartStart. Visit https://smartstart.services.govt.nz/

SmartStart is an online tool for parents that makes it easy for them to access government services and support during pregnancy, and the first years of their new baby.

SmartStart provides users with integrated information about services provided by a range of agencies to help parents check that they’re not missing out on financial help and provides tips on keeping parents and baby healthy and safe.

Neonatal Trust

Neonatal Trust logoThe Neonatal Trust provides support to families of premature or sick full-term babies as they make their journey through neonatal care, the transition home, and onwards.  

In Wellington the Neonatal Trust Office and Shop is located just inside the entrance to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Level 4, Wellington Regional Hospital.

Find out more at https://www.neonataltrust.org.nz/regions/wellington

Parenting help, information and courses

Plunket

Plunket provides support services for the development, health and wellbeing of children under 5 years old. For more information visit www.plunket.org.nz

Or phone PlunketLine - available 24/7 on 0800 933 922.

SKIP: strategies with kids, information for parents

Whakatipu is a kaupapa that encourages strong whānau connections which nurture and develop tamariki. Tikanga and pakiwaitara are interwoven with child development information, ideas and activities for whānau.

Visit http://community.skip.org.nz/whakatipu/index.html.

Parent help Wellington

The only designated free national parenting helpline in New Zealand that is available from 9am to 11pm, 7 days a week. Visit http://www.parenthelp.org.nz/ or phone 0800 568 856.

The Parenting Place

Early Years Toolbox Parenting courses for 0 to 6 years. This course that runs over 6 weeks and covers everything from behaviour management techniques to ways of creating great family memories.

Find out more at http://www.theparentingplace.com/.

Space

A programme for first time parents and babies with weekly sessions covering a variety of topics such as sleeping, teething, temperament, childhood illnesses with play sessions with age-appropriate equipment to support infants' learning and development. It's also an opportunity to meet other new parents. Centres are throughout Wellington.

Find out more at http://www.space.org.nz.

Tapuaki: Pacific pregnancy and parenting information

Here you will find information about pregnancy and parenting to help you stay safe and healthy during your pregnancy and to care for your baby when he or she arrives. Learn about what you, your partner and/or family can do to ensure the mother and baby are healthy, find links to different services and resources such as videos, and read stories written by other parents about their experiences in Tala (story) Tapuaki. The information is available in several different Pacific languages by clicking on the flags at the top right of the website.

There is also a Tapuaki app available on Google Play and iTunes.

Visit http://www.tapuaki.org.nz.

Download the Tapuaki app to find a midwife or to see what baby looks like week by week.

Support

Support for parents of twins, triplets or more

Wellington Multiple Birth Club provides support, information and resources. Visit http://www.wmbc.org.nz

Support for parents of children with special needs

Parent to Parent is a nationwide not-for-profit organisation that was formed in 1983 to support the families of babies, children, teens and adults with any type of disability or health impairment.

Visit http://www.parent2parent.org.nz/.

Postnatal and Antenatal Distress support

The Post and Antenatal Distress Support Group Wellington offers support to women and their families in greater Wellington. Find out more at http://www.pnd.org.nz/.

Wellington Women's Refuge

Women's Refuge is an organisation for women and their children to help prevent and stop family violence in New Zealand.

Website:http://www.womensrefuge.org.nz/

Crisisline: toll free from anywhere in New Zealand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0800 REFUGE or 0800 733 843.

Power to Protect

When your baby keeps on crying

One of the hardest times can be when your baby keeps on crying and you can’t work out why. If you find yourself getting upset, it’s OK to put your baby down gently in a safe place, walk away and take a break.

Do not pick up your baby until you have calmed down. Your baby is more likely to calm down when you are feeling calm and in control.

Look after yourself. Make a cup of tea or coffee, or phone a friend or someone in your whānau.

You could also phone PlunketLine on 0800 933 922 or Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice or support.

Never shake a baby

Never, ever shake a baby. Never leave a baby alone with anyone who may lose control. A single moment of losing control may damage a baby forever. Babies can die if they are shaken.

If you ever think your baby has been hurt, call 111. Don’t let fear or pride stand in your way. It could save your baby’s life.

The Kidshealth website has a video called Power to Protect about how to cope with the stress of a baby’s crying and what can happen if a baby is shaken.

Related websites

Crying: what to do – Kidshealth
Why babies cry and what you can do about it.

Shaken baby syndrome – Kidshealth
Why you should never shake a baby. Also includes the Power to Protect video.

Last updated 24 May 2017.