Pregnancy and Parenting

Due to the current COVID-19 movement restrictions the way we are delivering Pregnancy & Parenting information and Support has changed. Services will be updated on this site as available.

Nau mai haere mai! Welcome to the Whanganui Regional Health Network's Pregnancy and Parenting service. Here you will find information and support that will help you prepare for pregnancy and how to care for your new arrival. Learn about the benefits of healthy pregnancy and how to maintain it by connecting to community services who will support whanau/families.

  • Safe sleep spaces are still available, a phone consultation and pick up instructions can be offered to you for a Pepi-pod or Wahakura (as available)
  • Links to online antenatal education are listed below.
  • The opportunity to discuss labour, birthing, breastfeeding, safe sleep, smoking free pregnancy with our team either online, or via the phone will be available Monday to Friday 10.30-2.30pm and Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday evenings 7.30-8.30pm
  • Plunket (Skpe) on line breastfeeding support (link below)

 

Whanganui Regional Health Contacts details:

0800 123 010

029 771 1677

Angela Weekly,

Pregnancy, Parenting and Safe Sleep Coordinator

Pregnancy & Parenting Coordinator:aweekly@wrhn.org.nz

Child Health Manager: jspence@wrhn.org.nz

Childbirth Educator: Whanganui/Marton Louise Andrews

landrews@wrhn.org.nz 

Childbirth Educator-Rural Tania McLean 069275947

 

Labour and Birthing information

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDJa8_6xROw&t=1s 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bM2yc3oRu8g&t=1s

 

Whanganui Hospital Maternity Unit Tour

Please note that during the current lockdown period visiting restrictions are in place. Women may have one support person with them throughout the stay. This includes the birthing room and postnatal unit.  The support person will be supplied meals as they will not be allowed to leave the unit. Please remember to bring your car seat with you to the unit in preparation for your discharge.

https://www.wdhb.org.nz/patients-and-visitors/our-departments-and-wards/whanganui-hospitals-maternity-unit/

 

Breast feeding Support

Whanganui DHB Lactation consultants

Monday-Friday 8am-4.30pm

0212468302

Plunket Whanganui - Home

Mother Lead Breastfeeding Support Group Whanganui - Home

https://www.plunket.org.nz/what-we-do/what-we-offer/plunketline/breastfeeding-support-offered-through-video-conferencing-with-plunketline/

 

Immunisation

See WRHN, Services, Immunisation

Ministry of health recommends pregnant women receive a boostrix vaccination to help protect mother and baby against whooping cough between 16 &38 weeks of pregnancy.

Vaccination against influenza should also be given at any stage in pregnancy.

https://www.immune.org.nz/

Updates and Immunisation information.

Keep Calm and Keep Immunising PDF

 

Safe Sleep

Hapai te Hauora website

http://sudinationalcoordination.co.nz/sudi

Hapai, online training (60 minutes):

http://sudinationalcoordination.co.nz/workforce-development

Online educational resources for distribution to Hapu mama and Whanau

Change for our Children website:

http://www.changeforourchildren.nz/

Baby Essentials, short course (15 minutes

http://ww2.changeforourchildren.co.nz

 

WRHN website information around distribution of safe sleep spaces, availability and distribution process

Contact P&P Coordinator Angela Weekly for information about receiving a Pepipod or Wahakura

0297711677

0800 123 010

Safe sleep online information suitable to share with whanau:

https://www.healthed.govt.nz/resource/keep-your-baby-safe-during-sleep

https://www.kidshealth.org.nz/safe-sleep-your-baby

Baby Essentials, short course (15 minutes

http://ww2.changeforourchildren.co.nz/

Safe sleep for babies in COVID Times

 

Iwi /Maori Specific Information

Guiding Māori through the COVID19 Pandemic 2020

Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutū

Covid19 help and advice for Maori

NZ Govt Covid 19 Website

https://training.sudinationalcoordination.co.nz/

 

https://www.facebook.com/thewhanauguideforCOVID19/

The show is live- streamed daily at 4pm, supported by Northland DHB, Counties Manukau, Auckland and Waitemata DHBs, the content and advice from experts is relevant to everyone.

The show follows a Q and A format and is produced to help provide families with information to protect them

 

Wahakura available via P&P Coordinator WRHN : aweekly@wrhn.org.nz

Taranaki Hapu Wananga Muka Pito tie tutorial

Te Hau Ranga ora: Maori health service WDHB, referral available:

Haumoana Navigators can offer Whanau support when in delivery and postnatal ward, on call 24/7

Can be contacted via the hospital telephonist 063481234

 

MSD/MOH

https://smartstart.services.govt.nz/

COVID-19 - Information for pregnant women, and those who have recently given birth

Ministry of Health Information

https://www.employment.govt.nz/about/news-and-updates/workplace-response-coronavirus-covid-19/mation

Resources for Health Professionals MoH

Contains updated official information from the Ministry of Health with many topics addressed.

 

Mental Health

https://depression.org.nz/covid-19/pregnancy-and-new-parents/

Information and recommendations for support for those feeling anxious and stressed about COVID-19.

https://www.facebook.com/TheLowdownNZ

A Facebook page helping young New Zealanders recognise and understand depression and anxiety.

https://wellplace.nz/resource-library/covid-19-resources/

A guide to workplace wellbeing.

 

Videos: