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Resources For Pregnant Women and New Parents

Resources for pregnant women and their families, and new parents can be found in the listing below, or from the following places:


Your pregnancy
Your guide to being pregnant, and pregnancy care in New Zealand
Your Pregnancy/Tō Hapūtanga

Understand your rights to health & disability services
Your rights when receiving healthcare in New Zealand from the Health & Disability Commissioner.
Your rights when using a health services

Healthy eating when pregnant and food to avoid
Foods to eat, to avoid, and food preparation information for pregnant women.
Healthy eating for pregnant women
Food safety in pregnancy
Food safety - avoiding listeria

Alcohol and Pregnancy
When you Drink so Does Your Baby

Smokefree Pregnancy
Nicotine replacement therapy for a Smokefree Pregnancy

Pregnancy supplementation in pregnancy
A guide to pregnancy supplements recommended in New Zealand, to reduce the risk of Neural Tube Defects (including Spina Bifida) and increase essential nutrients for brain development.
Iodine & Folic Acid in pregnancy

Screening programmes for pregnant women
Screening programme designed to provide identification during pregnancy of babies that are affected by Down syndrome and certain other conditions.
Antenatal Screening for Down Syndrome
HIV testing is offered to all women in pregnancy, as part of your early blood tests, to reduce the risk of HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) passing to your baby.
HIV Testing During Pregnancy

This leaflet outlines the risks of rubella (German measles) in pregnancy on the unborn child, and gives guidance on rubella immunity.
Rubella & Women

Immunisation while Pregnant
Immunisation against influenza (the flu), and pertussis (whooping cough) during pregnancy is recommended by the Ministry of Health and is free. Influenza immunisation is free for pregnant women during the influenza season, usually early March to the end of July. Talk to your midwife, GP or Practice Nurse to book your immunisation.

New Zealand Multiple Birth Association

Parental Leave, Department of Labour

Mental wellbeing through pregnancy
Support services for women and their families who are affected by anxiety, depression and mental illness.
Depression During and after pregnancy
Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Aotearoa

Healthy eating for breastfeeding women
Healthy eating for breastfeeding women

Information on breastfeeding techniques, nutrition value for your baby of breastmilk and rights for breastfeeding women in New Zealand.
Breastfeeding (Ministry of Health)
Breastfeeding: You Can Do It
Ten steps to successful breastfeeding

Infant Formula
Information for parents about breast milk alternatives.
Feeding Your Baby Infant Formula

How to know if your child well
Baby and child sickness – danger signs

Immunisation for Infants
Immunisation is recommended by the World Health Organisation, the New Zealand Ministry of Health and medical authorities. Immunisations are free to all children in New Zealand. Talk to your GP or Practice Nurse to book your immunisation.
Protecting Baby from Whooping cough
The information below outlines the risks of whooping cough (pertussis) in pregnancy on the unborn child and gives guidance on pertussis immunity Whooping cough
More information about Immunisation
To find out more about immunisation, check out the Ministry of Health’s website or Immunisation Advisory Centre website.  You can also telephone 0800 IMMUNE (0800 466 863) or Healthline (0800 611 116).

Screening Programmes for newborns
‘Healprick’ screening programme designed to provide early identification of newborns that are affected by certain congenital metabolic disorders.
Newborn Metabolic Screening Programme

Screening programme designed to provide early identification of newborns that are affected by hearing loss.
Newborn Hearing Screening Programme

Mental wellbeing after your babies birth
Support service for women and their families who are effected by anxiety, depression and mental illness.
Postnatal Depression
Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Aotearoa

Crying babies
Information for parents, caregivers and those living with babies, with strategies to help you when babies cry.
Coping with a crying baby

SKIP: resources for parents and parenting
Parenting preparation guides for baby for mothers and fathers-to-be. Supporting families through preparation, and early months, through to common parenting issues in childhood.
Baby on the way

Whakatipu is a kaupapa that encourages strong whānau connections which nurture and develop tamariki.

Well Child/ Tamariki Ora Services
Well child support services from 6 weeks to 5 years.
Well child services in NZ

Safekids Aotearoa
Resources and safety messages to help reduce the rates of preventable injury to children.
Safety topics