I'm hapū/pregnant - what now?

5 key things to do in the first 10 weeks of your pregnancy and beyond

  1. Find a Midwife
    The first thing that you have to make sure of is to Find a Midwife.  A Midwife is a health professional who specifically looks after pregnant women and their babies from early pregnancy up to six weeks after your baby is born.
    Ring 0800 MUM2BE (0800 686 223)
    Contact or drop in to Napier Maternity Resource Centre
    Phone our Antenatal Clinic and speak with a midwife
    on 06 878 8109 extn 8200 or 8204
    Speak to your friends or GP for a recommendation.

  2. Make your plan
    There are a number of different early screening tests that you need to be aware of and make a decision about – your midwife will talk with you about these.

  3. Smokefree
    Being smokefree, not drinking alcohol or taking drugs during pregnancy is very important for your health and the development and growth of your baby – please follow the links to further information about all of these.

  4. Take folic acid and iodine
    It helps support the development of your baby’s spine and brain – these should be taken preferably before or as soon as you know that you are pregnant for at least the first 12 weeks. Your midwife or GP can ensure you have these supplements to take.

  5. Eat well and stay active
    Eating well and staying active help you to stay healthy during your pregnancy and after. Your midwife can help you with this.

When can I expect to see my midwife?

You can expect to see your midwife for the following antenatal (pregnancy) appointments

Booking 6-10 weeks Around 12 weeks 16-18 weeks 20-24 weeks 26-28 weeks 30 weeks  32 weeks 34 weeks 
36 weeks 37 weeks 38 weeks  39 weeks 40 weeks 41 weeks 42 weeks  

If complications arise during your pregnancy, you will be referred to the Maternity Specialist Doctors at the Antenatal Clinic

Postnatal visits (after the birth)

You can expect at least five postnatal home visits: the first within 24 hours of arriving home from hospital. Your visits will be tailored to meet your individual needs and you can expect to be visited at least once a week. Your LMC will care for you for up to six weeks after your baby is born. Your well child provider will then continue care.