Pregnancy and Parenting

Nau mai haere mai! Welcome to the Whanganui Regional Health Network's Pregnancy and Parenting service. All WRHN Antenatal classes and support services have resumed post Covid-19 lockdown. We welcome your enquiries and bookings.

Below you will find information and support that will help you prepare for pregnancy, labour and childbirth. There are also some useful links with information on 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.


Whanganui Regional Health Contacts details:

0800 123 010

029 771 1677

Angela Weekly,

Pregnancy, Parenting and Safe Sleep Coordinator

Pregnancy & Parenting

Child Health Manager:

Childbirth Educator: Whanganui/Marton Louise Andrews 

Childbirth Educator-Rural Tania McLean 069275947


Antenatal Classes available:

6 week Monday evening classes, 6.30 – 8.30 pm at Plunket, 6 Bates Street

3rd August 2020 - 7th September 2020

14th September 2020 – 19th October 2020

9th November 2020 – 14th December 2020


Sunday classes 9-3.30pm at Plunket, 6 Bates Street

19 & 26th July 2020 Further dates to be advised (usually offered each month)


Hapū Mama one day classes, 9.3pm at Te Piringa Whanau, Entrance 2, Whanganui Hospital

29th July, 2020

26th August, 2020

14th October, 2020

11th November, 2020


Rural classes and individual sessions available: Ohakune, Raetihi, Taihape and Marton

Safe sleep spaces and Maternal vaccinations are available as part of some classes.

For class enquiries and bookings contact:

Angela Weekly

0297711677 / 08001230102


Labour and Birthing information

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


Breast feeding Support

Whanganui DHB Lactation consultants

Monday-Friday 8am-4.30pm


Plunket Whanganui - Home

Mother Lead Breastfeeding Support Group Whanganui - Home



Immunisation at WRHN

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.

Updates and Immunisation information.

Keep Calm and Keep Immunising PDF


Safe Sleep

Hapai te Hauora website

Hapai, online training (60 minutes):

Online educational resources for distribution to Hapu mama and Whanau

Change for our Children website:

Baby Essentials, short course (15 minutes


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


0800 123 010

Safe sleep online information suitable to share with whanau:

Baby Essentials, short course (15 minutes

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

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 : 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



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

Ministry of Health Information


Resources for Health Professionals MoH

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


Mental Health

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

A guide to workplace wellbeing