Being pregnant or welcoming a new baby into the whānau is an exciting and special time. But it can also be stressful, emotional and overwhelming.
It is understandable that if you are expecting a baby, or have recently given birth, you may feel uncertain or stressed about how you and baby will be affected by the COVID-19 situation. Now that we’ve moved to Alert level 1 things are getting back to normal, but there may still be some differences in the way we support wāhine hapū (pregnant women), new māmā and their whānau.
You will still have high quality care and access to services during pregnancy and after birth, but there could be some differences to ensure that any risk of spreading COVID-19 is minimised. Your midwife or other care provider can provide you with details about these changes.
The links below contain key information about how pregnancy and birthing services will be provided at this time.
Ministry of Health
This website has information for women and whānau who are pregnant or recently given birth. Includes information on care during pregnancy, care of older children during birth and labour, maternity facilities and postnatal care as well as advice for breastfeeding.
New Zealand College of Midwives
This website has frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and messages from midwives to women and whānau who are currently pregnant or have recently given birth. It includes information on labour, social distancing, being unwell with COVID-19, breastfeeding and other general information.
This website has information on COVID-19 that relates to Plunket services, as well as advice for parents and whānau. It has a list of resources and support services available for parents including helplines and Facebook Live Chats.
Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā - National Māori Pandemic Group
This website has information for hapu māmā, unborn pēpi and newborn pēpi. It includes advice and tikanga about pregnancy, labour, delivery and caring for your newborn pēpi during COVID-19.
World Health Organisation
This website has frequently asked questions on COVID-19 for pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding.