Pregnancy

As soon as you realise you’re pregnant, you need to seek maternity care to give your baby the best possible start in life. Maternity care is free if you’re a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

Your Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) is there to provide maternity care and support through your pregnancy, labour and the first weeks of your child’s life. LMC are generally midwives, but can be a doctor or obstetrician.

For more detailed information about pregnancy, visit the Ministry of Health website

Finding a midwife

Choices are a Māori health provider who work alongside Totara Health to provide a range of maternity, health and community services to the local community. Visit their website for more information on the services Choices can offer. 

The Find your Midwife website provides bio's and a printable list of midwives registered in Hawke's Bay.

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Antenatal Classes

Antenatal classes can help you (and your partner) to prepare for labour, birth and early parenthood. Some classes focus mostly on labour and birth, while others guide you through late pregnancy, and what life with a newborn baby will be like.  See the links below for information on some of the Antenatal classes offered in Hawke’s Bay, or speak to your LMC.

Useful Links

Free Antenatal Classes provided by the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board
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BUMPP – Free Antenatal Education  for under 25 year olds
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Bay Babies – Antenatal classes in Hastings
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Parents Centre – Antenatal classes offered in Havelock North and Napier
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Choices Midwives
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