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Maternal & Fetal Medicine Midwifery Service | Counties Manukau | Te Whatu Ora

Midwifery Service

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7:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

Description

Formerly Counties Manukau Health Maternal & Fetal Medicine Midwifery Service

The Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) midwives are a small team of community midwives with expertise in caring for women where the mother and/or baby has a medical or pregnancy complication, or some pre-existing medical conditions.

The MFM midwives work as part of a multidisciplinary team including Obstetricians, MFM Specialists and Obstetric Physicians (medical specialists with a particular focus on pregnancy). Clinics are run either in Middlemore Hospital or Manukau SuperClinic.

The MFM midwives provide support to self-employed and Te Whatu Ora midwives with advice and education regarding common medical conditions and their management. MFM Midwives are able to liaise with specialists on behalf of other midwives when required. MFM Midwives also provide antenatal and postnatal care for women with very complex pre-existing medical conditions where pregnancy can cause potential problems to either mum or baby. Care during labour and birth is provided by midwives employed by Te Whatu Ora Counties Manukau at Middlemore Hospital.

When the midwife first contacts you she will give you her cellphone number so you can contact them during their working hours. Out of hours contact for support and advice is given via Birthing and Assessment  on (09) 276 0056.

How do I access this service?

Contact us

You can phone Maternity Administration on (09) 276 0187 if you are pregnant and looking for a midwife.

Referral

Appointments are made once a written referral is received from a GP, midwife or self referral from women who have been under the service before.

You can phone Maternity Administration on (09) 276 0187.  All enquiries can be made Monday to Friday 8.00 - 16.00hrs.

All referrals to all the Maternity Services at Te Whatu Ora Counties Manukau are processed by a midwife who reviews the information and arranges further appointments for maternity care.

Hours

7:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

Mon – Fri 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Public Holidays: Closed King's Birthday (3 Jun), Matariki (28 Jun), Labour Day (28 Oct), Auckland Anniversary (27 Jan), Waitangi Day (6 Feb), Good Friday (18 Apr), Easter Sunday (20 Apr), Easter Monday (21 Apr), ANZAC Day (25 Apr).

Birthing Facilities Midwife/s Attend

Counties Manukau Health - Middlemore Hospital

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Birthing and Assessment

Services Provided

Pregnancy Care

Because pregnancy care is so important for your health and the health of your baby, it is free for all NZ citizens, residents and many other visa holders. Your midwife will give you advice on keeping yourself healthy in pregnancy and you will be offered regular appointments so your midwife can monitor your progress. Your midwife will be looking out for any signs that you or your baby are becoming unwell. Some conditions in pregnancy may not be obvious to the untrained eye, so attending appointments is vital. Your midwife will order blood tests and ultrasound scans as required. Please make sure you undertake these tests promptly so that any problems can be detected early. If any problems are indentified you will be referred to a hospital specialist, who will make a plan of care with you and your midwife. Your midwife will talk to you about what you want for your pregnancy and will plan your care with you. You will be asked to think about the kind of labour and birth you would like and your preferences will be recorded. It is a good idea to attend a childbirth education course, especially if this is your first baby.

Because pregnancy care is so important for your health and the health of your baby, it is free for all NZ citizens, residents and many other visa holders. Your midwife will give you advice on keeping yourself healthy in pregnancy and you will be offered regular appointments so your midwife can monitor your progress. Your midwife will be looking out for any signs that you or your baby are becoming unwell. Some conditions in pregnancy may not be obvious to the untrained eye, so attending appointments is vital. Your midwife will order blood tests and ultrasound scans as required. Please make sure you undertake these tests promptly so that any problems can be detected early. If any problems are indentified you will be referred to a hospital specialist, who will make a plan of care with you and your midwife.

Your midwife will talk to you about what you want for your pregnancy and will plan your care with you. You will be asked to think about the kind of labour and birth you would like and your preferences will be recorded. It is a good idea to attend a childbirth education course, especially if this is your first baby. 

Staying in Hospital/Birth Centre After the Birth

After the birth you will be tired and busy getting to know your new baby. Most women who have had a normal birth stay in the hospital or birth centre for 48 hours. If you have had a caesarean section, the usual hospital stay is 3-5 days. There may be an option to have your postnatal stay in a primary unit if you have given birth at hospital. Some women choose to go straight home after birth, this is called a planned early discharge. Talk to your midwife about your postnatal stay and make sure your family know what your plan is. After the birth you will be busy getting to know your new baby. Most women who have had a normal birth stay in the hospital or primary birthing unit for 48 hours. If you have had a caesarean section, the usual stay is 3-5 days. If you and your baby are well then your postnatal stay will be in a primary birthing unit if you have given birth at hospital. Some women choose to go straight home after birth, this is called a planned early discharge. Talk to your midwife about your postnatal stay and make sure your family know what your plan is.

After the birth you will be tired and busy getting to know your new baby. Most women who have had a normal birth stay in the hospital or birth centre for 48 hours. If you have had a caesarean section, the usual hospital stay is 3-5 days. There may be an option to have your postnatal stay in a primary unit if you have given birth at hospital. Some women choose to go straight home after birth, this is called a planned early discharge. Talk to your midwife about your postnatal stay and make sure your family know what your plan is.

After the birth you will be busy getting to know your new baby. Most women who have had a normal birth stay in the hospital or primary birthing unit for 48 hours. If you have had a caesarean section, the usual stay is 3-5 days. If you and your baby are well then your postnatal stay will be in a primary birthing unit if you have given birth at hospital. Some women choose to go straight home after birth, this is called a planned early discharge.

Talk to your midwife about your postnatal stay and make sure your family know what your plan is.

Home Visits From a Midwife (From Birth to 4 - 6 Weeks)

Home visits provide an opportunity for you to discuss any concerns you have about your health or the health of your baby. Your midwife will assist you with breastfeeding and will monitor your baby's growth and development. Your midwife will visit you the day after you get home. You will then receive between 5 and 10 visits until your baby is around 4-6 weeks old. It is important to let your midwife know where you are, if you are planning to stay at another address after the birth.

Home visits provide an opportunity for you to discuss any concerns you have about your health or the health of your baby. Your midwife will assist you with breastfeeding and will monitor your baby's growth and development. Your midwife will visit you the day after you get home. You will then receive between 5 and 10 visits until your baby is around 4-6 weeks old. It is important to let your midwife know where you are, if you are planning to stay at another address after the birth.

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This page was last updated at 2:10PM on July 5, 2023. This information is reviewed and edited by Maternal & Fetal Medicine Midwifery Service | Counties Manukau | Te Whatu Ora.