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 outbreak and Alert level 2.
The COVID-19 Alert level 2 means that the way we support wāhine hapū (pregnant women), new māmā and their whānau might be a bit different.
You will still have high quality care and access to services during pregnancy and after birth, but the way these are delivered will be different to ensure that we minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19. Your midwife or other care provider is able to provide you with details about these changes. You can also visit the Ministry of Health and the New Zealand College of Midwives websites, which have detailed information about how pregnancy and birthing services will be provided at this time.
The links below contain key information for pregnant women and new parents and describes how the delivery of maternity services will continue during the COVID-19 Alert level 2.
New Zealand College of Midwives
This website has COVID-19 frequently asked questions 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
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.
This website has information on COVID-19 that relates to their Plunket services, and 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.