Pregnancy

Pregnancy video weeks 0 to 14 weeks of pregnancy

Find out about keeping healthy and well during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. 

Find out more on the Ministry of Health website.

 

Sleep on side from 28 weeks pregnant video

It is recommended that women who are pregnant sleep on their side from 28 weeks of pregnancy this aims to reduce the risk of late stillbirth.

Visit the website for further information and downloadable PDFs.  

 

Movements matter

Contact your midwife (or specialist doctor) straight away if once you are regularly feeling your baby move, your baby moves less than usual or you cannot feel your baby move at all.

Find out more on the Ministry of Health website.

Baby

SUDI prevention

Safe Sleep Day

For Safe Sleep Day, our team has collated stories from Safe Sleep educators and those committed to whānau and mokopuna ora. Our team acknowledges the mahi those are doing across the sector to ensure knowledge is shared in a way which strengthens te mana o te whānau.

For more information see https://sudinationalcoordination.co.nz/

 

Safe sleeping tips for pēpi from Hāpai Te Hauora on Vimeo.

Safe sleep

You can help to keep your baby safe in bed by:

  • making sure that your baby is in their own bed for every sleep (and in the same room as you or the person looking after them at night)
  • making sure that your baby is on their back for every sleep
  • having a smokefree home and car
  • exclusively breastfeeding your baby to around 6 months of age and continuing to breastfeed them until 12 months of age
  • immunising your baby on time

 

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.

Visit Kidshealth website to learn more about how find out more.

 

Look at You - Aroha Atu, Aroha Mai

Babies are social and communicate right from birth. This video supports parents, whaanau and those working with babies to understand their social and emotional needs in the first three months of life. 

The video is based on ‘Getting To Know You’ by Australian, Dr Bijou Blick and has been adapted for our New Zealand population.  Visit the Counties Manukau website for versions of this video in Maori, Samoa, Tongan Cook Island Maori and Niuean.

 

Labour and birth

Your labour pain relief choices – a guide for New Zealand women 

Pain is a normal part of labour and childbirth. It is important that you understand your options for managing your pain during labour. 

Common pain relief options written by Dr Morgan Edwards. Click here to view the videos on the website.

Breastfeeding

Educational videos

Breastfeeding NZ – YouTube channel and Facebook page
Breastfeeding information and videos. The YouTube channel contains the Breastfeeding. Naturally. video (as 7 separate chapters); these are also available with captions and in New Zealand Sign Language. The Facebook page is for anyone and everyone who is breastfeeding or interested in breastfeeding. Find out more, share your stories and get support from other members.

Breastfeeding – Kidshealth
Information and short videos about breastfeeding. Each section has a short video followed by key messages in English and 9 other languages.

Breastfeeding your baby – HealthEd (Health Promotion Agency and Ministry of Health)
Clear, simple suggestions about the nursing relationship, why breast milk is a baby’s best food, different ways to hold the baby during breastfeeding, how to ensure the baby is on the breast in the best way, frequency of feeds, breast care and further help.

Available in Englishsimplified ChineseKoreanMāoriSamoan and Tongan.

La Leche League
The New Zealand website of La Leche League, an international organisation that promotes breastfeeding.

Eating for healthy breastfeeding women – HealthEd (Health Promotion Agency and Ministry of Health)
Food information for breastfeeding women. Includes nutrition, healthy food for mother and baby, dietary variety, drinking plenty of fluids, foods low in fat, salt and sugar, healthy weight, losing weight gained during pregnancy, daily activity or exercise, taking time out, alcohol, and being smokefree.

Last updated 8 March 2022.