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Public Service, Maternity, Maternity/Birthing Facilities, Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Description

Formerly North Shore Hospital Maternity Services (Waitematā DHB)

Welcome to Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand Waitematā Maternity Services. We have two maternity units, based at Waitākere Hospital and North Shore Hospital.

Once you know you are pregnant, it is important to make an appointment with a midwife/lead maternity carer (LMC) as soon as possible. 

For help finding a midwife please visit:

Find your midwife: https://www.findyourmidwife.co.nz/

MAMA: Ph: 09 815 5024 or https://www.mamamaternity.co.nz 

If you are having trouble finding a midwife please phone our midwife liaison services on:

Waitākere Hospital 09 837 8808

North Shore Hospital 09 486 8900 Ext 47000

What is Maternity/Obstetric/Midwifery care?

Maternity care is care provided to you during your pregnancy, labour and birth, and up to 6 weeks after your baby is born, and care provided to your baby for the first six weeks. Maternity care is provided to you by a midwife (free) or a private obstetrician (not free). Once you have chosen a maternity carer this person is then referred to as your Lead Maternity Carer (LMC). Your LMC will provide regular care and check ups for you during your pregnancy, attend your labour and birth, and check on you and baby regularly after the birth. If you have a more complex pregnancy or have underlying medical conditions your care will be provided by your LMC and a team of doctors and midwives from the hospital.

Place of birth

Many women give birth at either Waitākere or North Shore hospital. However, your options for giving birth also include a primary birth unit or your home. For some women, giving birth at home is a safe option. Please talk with your LMC about this.

Birthing at one of the primary birthing units is also a safe choice for low-risk women. The Primary Birthing Units in the Waitematā area are:

If you give birth at Waitākere Hospital/North Shore Hospital, you can still be transferred to one of the units soon after your birth for your postnatal stay (space permitting). All of our maternity units as well as the primary birthing units have BFHI accreditation and all midwives, nurses and lactation consultants are very experienced in helping with establishing breastfeeding.

Virtual tour of the maternity facilities at Waitakere and North Shore Hospitals
(If your monitor doesn't have audio output, you may need to use headphones)

 

Maternity Services at North Shore Hospital

North Shore Hospital provides a primary and secondary maternity facility for women with low or medium risk pregnancies. The Special Care Baby Unit can accommodate babies over 32 weeks' gestation. National Women’s Health at Auckland City Hospital provides tertiary-level care.

Community Services

Liaison Midwife - finding a midwife can be a very confusing and stressful time, especially for first time mothers or those who have found the system has changed since their last child. The Liaison Midwife informs women of their choices as to who can provide them with pregnancy care.  The Liaison Midwife will also discuss what may suit each individual woman best and make the appropriate referrals to ensure antenatal care begins.

Community Midwifery - this team of midwives provides support for the antenatal clinics and provides antenatal and postnatal care for women unable to register with an LMC.

Antenatal Clinic Services - for secondary obstetric, obstetric physician or anaesthetic consultations as required.

Pregnancy and Parenting Education - includes courses of both antenatal classes and breastfeeding workshops.

Lactation Consultant Clinics  - Get expert advice for specific breastfeeding problems from qualified lactation consultants.

Facility Services

Birthing Facilities – North Shore Hospital has a large birthing suite featuring a total of ten birthing rooms and three deep water birth pools. There is also space to assess and monitor 4 women in pregnancy or early labour. For women who are cared for by the community midwifery service, care during labour and birth is provided by North Shore Hospital facility midwives.

Postnatal Wards - North Shore Hospital has one large Maternity Suite to accommodate 36 postnatal beds. The average length of stay for women who have had a normal vaginal birth is two - three days. The average length of stay for women who have had a Caesarean Section is three - five days. Services available for maternity clients include:

  • Lactation Consultant: to support women with complex breastfeeding issues and to provide practical breastfeeding workshops
  • Physiotherapy: providing individual assessment, advice and treatment for women
  • Social Work: experienced social workers provide confidential counselling and advocacy services and information on community support.
  • Cultural support: Te Puna O Te Ora Services provide cultural support to Māori women and their whānau, providing access to health, advocacy and the appropriate support services where required. A Māori community liaison worker is also available to assist you and your whānau
  • A Pacific Island community liaison worker advocates and liaises between members of Pacific Island communities and maternity to improve access for women and their families.
  • Asian Health Support Service offer a variety of support networks for members of the Asian community.

Please click here for maternity services provided at Waitakere Hospital.

Referral Expectations

Your LMC will arrange for any necessary referrals to an appropriate specialist at any time during your care, with your consent.

Specialist Appointment – If you have been referred to our team of doctors by your LMC, you may meet with one of our obstetricians, anaesthetists or obstetric physicians to make a care plan that is appropriate to your needs and health condition. You may meet the specialist once, or more frequently throughout your care depending on the reason for referral. You will receive a letter in the post advising of your appointment if one is needed.

Diabetes service – If you have been diagnosed with diabetes in pregnancy you will be referred to our team of specialised midwives who work with our obstetricians and obstetric physicians to provide you excellent care that will help ensure the best health for you and your baby.

Fees and Charges Description

Maternity care is free to New Zealand citizens, residents, and some permit holders. Please bring a copy of your passport or birth certificate with you to your first appointment.

Click here for more information about healthcare charges at Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand Waitematā.

Services / Procedures / Treatments

COVID-19 Information for women

This is an anxious time for women and families expecting a baby. Here is some information that may help you to understand how Covid-19 may affect pregnant women. Information and advice is updated as new research is available. These links are also reliable sources of information for women and their whānau: Ministry of Health: https://covid19.govt.nz/ NZ College of Midwives: https://www.midwife.org.nz/ Healthline: 0800 611 116 COVID-19 vaccine in pregnancy.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 640.9 KB) Practical support for pregnant women and new mums.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 444.7 KB)

This is an anxious time for women and families expecting a baby. Here is some information that may help you to understand how Covid-19 may affect pregnant women. Information and advice is updated as new research is available.

These links are also reliable sources of information for women and their whānau:

Ministry of Health:   https://covid19.govt.nz/

NZ College of Midwives: https://www.midwife.org.nz/

Healthline: 0800 611 116

SMILE (Smoke & Alcohol Free, Mental Wellbeing Matters, Immunise, Lie on your Side, Eat Healthy) Pregnancy Care

Pregnant? Now is a great time to keep your baby healthy. Following the five SMILE actions is the best way to keep you and your baby healthy during pregnancy. It’s a simple way to remember what’s most important during this exciting time. Your midwife or specialist doctor is the best person to talk to about your individual care. The SMILE campaign was developed by the Waitemata and Auckland DHBs with input from pregnant women, midwives, obstetricians and GPs. https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/public/maternity/smile-pregnancy-care-actions/ Smile Pregnancy Information.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 3 MB)

Pregnant? Now is a great time to keep your baby healthy.

Following the five SMILE actions is the best way to keep you and your baby healthy during pregnancy.

It’s a simple way to remember what’s most important during this exciting time.

Your midwife or specialist doctor is the best person to talk to about your individual care.

The SMILE campaign was developed by the Waitemata and Auckland DHBs with input from pregnant women, midwives, obstetricians and GPs.

https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/public/maternity/smile-pregnancy-care-actions/

Healthy Babies Healthy Futures

Give babies and toddlers a HEALTHY start to every day! Come join in the fun, meet other mums, learn some great tips or relax and enjoy a hot cuppa! Healthy Babies Healthy Futures (HBHF) specialises in teaching mums how to buy, prepare, and cook the healthiest and tastiest dishes for all the family to enjoy. We bring you FREE fun activities like yoga, walking, box fit, tai chi, Pilates and meditation all at your own pace! Join a FREE Healthy Babies Healthy Futures programme today! Featuring our exclusive text messaging programme that sends you FREE health advice suited to baby’s development. Call us, to talk about babies’ health goals and which programme can help you! Danielle 09 822 8010 or text 022 657 8189 Fangfang 09 570 1188 ext 330 Maria 09 838 0743 Bushra 09 815 2331 Healthy Babies Healthy Futures .pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 1.8 MB)

Give babies and toddlers a HEALTHY start to every day!

Come join in the fun, meet other mums, learn some great tips or relax and enjoy a hot cuppa!

Healthy Babies Healthy Futures (HBHF) specialises in teaching mums how to buy, prepare, and cook the healthiest and tastiest dishes for all the family to enjoy.

We bring you FREE fun activities like yoga, walking, box fit, tai chi, Pilates and meditation all at your own pace!

Join a FREE Healthy Babies Healthy Futures programme today!

Featuring our exclusive text messaging programme that sends you FREE health advice suited to baby’s development.

 

Call us, to talk about babies’ health goals and which programme can help you!

Danielle 09 822 8010 or text 022 657 8189

Fangfang 09 570 1188 ext 330

Maria 09 838 0743

Bushra 09 815 2331

Antenatal Screening Tests

Having blood tests early on in your pregnancy can help protect you and those close to you. These tests are free. It is best to have the tests as soon as you know you are pregnant. They are offered to all pregnant women including those who decide not to continue with the pregnancy. Routine Blood Tests Six different tests are currently offered. These are usually carried out at the same time so you only have one set of blood taken. These tests are: Blood group and rhesus factor Full blood count Rubella Syphilis Hepatitis B HIV For further information please click here

Having blood tests early on in your pregnancy can help protect you and those close to you. These tests are free.
It is best to have the tests as soon as you know you are pregnant. They are offered to all pregnant women including those who decide not to continue with the pregnancy.

Routine Blood Tests
Six different tests are currently offered. These are usually carried out at the same time so you only have one set of blood taken. These tests are:
  • Blood group and rhesus factor
  • Full blood count
  • Rubella
  • Syphilis
  • Hepatitis B
  • HIV
For further information please click here 
 
 
Downs Syndrome Screening

Screening for Downs Syndrome and other chromasomal (genetic) abnormalities is now routinely offered. Women are advised to undergo some risk screening prior to any diagnostic screening as there are risks associated with invasive screening methods. Risk screening tests - there are two tests available, one in the first trimester and one in the second trimester. Please see the National Screening Unit website for details www.nsu.govt.nz Diagnostic tests - these should only be recommended to women with a high risk of chromasomal (genetic) abnormality. Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) involves taking a small sample of the chorionic villi, which are the tiny units that make up the placenta. Using ultrasound as a guide, the sample is obtained by inserting a cannula up through the vagina and cervix (transcervical) or by inserting a needle in through your stomach (transabdominal). Amniocentesis involves taking a small sample of amniotic fluid from around the foetus with a needle introduced through the stomach. Both these tests carry a risk of miscarriage.

Screening for Downs Syndrome and other chromasomal (genetic) abnormalities is now routinely offered. Women are advised to undergo some risk screening prior to any diagnostic screening as there are risks associated with invasive screening methods.
 
Risk screening tests  - there are two tests available, one in the first trimester and one in the second trimester. Please see the National Screening Unit website for details www.nsu.govt.nz
 
Diagnostic tests - these should only be recommended to women with a high risk of chromasomal (genetic) abnormality.
 
Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) involves taking a small sample of the chorionic villi, which are the tiny units that make up the placenta. Using ultrasound as a guide, the sample is obtained by inserting a cannula up through the vagina and cervix (transcervical) or by inserting a needle in through your stomach (transabdominal).
 
Amniocentesis  involves taking a small sample of amniotic fluid from around the foetus with a needle introduced through the stomach.
 
Both these tests carry a risk of miscarriage.
Antenatal HIV Screening

The aim of HIV testing in pregnancy is to identify HIV infection in pregnant women. Since 2000, approximately 18 children in New Zealand have contracted HIV because it was undetected during pregnancy in their mothers. Screening for HIV is recommended for all pregnant women. The screening test for HIV is offered at the same time as other routine antenatal blood tests (Rhesus factor and blood cell antibodies, full blood count, hepatitis B, rubella and syphilis). One sample of blood can be used for all the tests. The health professional who requested the blood test will provide you with your results. Most pregnant women will not have HIV. Screening results: A reactive screening result does not mean you have HIV if you get a reactive screening result you will be asked to provide another blood sample the second sample will tell you for sure whether you have HIV in most cases women who get a reactive screening test will not have HIV. Positive confirmatory (second) HIV tests: if your HIV confirmatory test is positive, you have HIV professional advice, help and support will be given to help you to look after your health, your baby’s health and that of your partner, family or whanau. you will be referred to a specialist for care and treatment for your HIV in many cases your LMC will continue to provide your pregnancy care. Informed consent for antenatal screening Informed consent, informed choice or informed decision making are important components of screening during pregnancy. Health practitioners need to take the time to clearly explain to women what the screening tests mean and the steps along the screening pathway, before they are faced with an unexpected result. It is important women have the opportunity to be provided with sufficient information to think about the potential decisions they might need to make along the pathway before agreeing to participate in screening. Women may choose to include their family and whanau to support them to make their decisions. HIV Testing in Pregnancy.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 191.2 KB) English HIV Testing in Pregnancy.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 215.7 KB) Chinese (Simplified) HIV Testing in Pregnancy.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 190.8 KB) Chinese (Traditional) HIV Testing in Pregnancy.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 209.6 KB) Hindi HIV Testing in Pregnancy.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 337.7 KB) Korean HIV Testing in Pregnancy.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 112 KB) Māori HIV Testing in Pregnancy.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 114.3 KB) Samoan HIV Testing in Pregnancy.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 111 KB) Swahili HIV Testing in Pregnancy.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 112.5 KB) Tongan

The aim of HIV testing in pregnancy is to identify HIV infection in pregnant women. Since 2000, approximately 18 children in New Zealand have contracted HIV because it was undetected during pregnancy in their mothers.

Screening for HIV is recommended for all pregnant women.

  • The screening test for HIV is offered at the same time as other routine antenatal blood tests (Rhesus factor and blood cell antibodies, full blood count, hepatitis B, rubella and syphilis). One sample of blood can be used for all the tests.
  • The health professional who requested the blood test will provide you with your results.
  • Most pregnant women will not have HIV.

Screening results:

  • A reactive screening result does not mean you have HIV
  • if you get a reactive screening result you will be asked to provide another blood sample
  • the second sample will tell you for sure whether you have HIV
  • in most cases women who get a reactive screening test will not have HIV.

Positive confirmatory (second) HIV tests:

  • if your HIV confirmatory test is positive, you have HIV
  • professional advice, help and support will be given to help you to look after your health, your baby’s health and that of your partner, family or whanau.
  • you will be referred to a specialist for care and treatment for your HIV
  • in many cases your LMC will continue to provide your pregnancy care.

Informed consent for antenatal screening

Informed consent, informed choice or informed decision making are important components of screening during pregnancy. Health practitioners need to take the time to clearly explain to women what the screening tests mean and the steps along the screening pathway, before they are faced with an unexpected result.

It is important women have the opportunity to be provided with sufficient information to think about the potential decisions they might need to make along the pathway before agreeing to participate in screening. Women may choose to include their family and whanau to support them to make their decisions.

Early Pregnancy Clinic

The Early Pregnancy Clinic at North Shore Hospital sees women up to 19 weeks pregnant who have a confirmed pregnancy loss on ultrasound. Women must be well and have minimal symptoms. Self referrals are not accepted, all women need to be referred by either their GP or Lead Maternity Carer. All women being referred should have had a referral letter, blood test results and scan report(s) sent by the referring health professional prior to their first clinic appointment. Women may be asked to do further blood tests before they are seen in clinic. Clinic Location & Times Clinics run Monday – Friday afternoons from 1pm. Women should report to the Ground Floor Reception of the Elective Surgical Centre at North Shore Hospital for their clinic appointment. Women will be seen in the clinic for an initial appointment to discuss treatment options and arrange a treatment plan. They do not need to attend the clinic fasting as this will be a consultative appointment only. Treatment, where appropriate, will be arranged for another day. Vaginal Bleeding and/or Pain in the First Trimester of Pregnancy.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 150.1 KB)

The Early Pregnancy Clinic at North Shore Hospital sees women up to 19 weeks pregnant who have a confirmed pregnancy loss on ultrasound. Women must be well and have minimal symptoms.  Self referrals are not accepted, all women need to be referred by either their GP or Lead Maternity Carer.

All women being referred should have had a referral letter, blood test results and scan report(s) sent by the referring health professional prior to their first clinic appointment.  Women may be asked to do further blood tests before they are seen in clinic.

Clinic Location & Times

  • Clinics run Monday – Friday afternoons from 1pm.
  • Women should report to the Ground Floor Reception of the Elective Surgical Centre at North Shore Hospital for their clinic appointment.
  • Women will be seen in the clinic for an initial appointment to discuss treatment options and arrange a treatment plan.  They do not need to attend the clinic fasting as this will be a consultative appointment only. Treatment, where appropriate, will be arranged for another day.
Obstetric Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning, is a method of obtaining pictures from inside the human body through the use of high frequency sound waves. Obstetric ultrasound refers to the specialised use of this technique to observe your unborn baby while it is inside your uterus (womb). The sound waves are emitted from a hand-held nozzle, which is placed on your stomach, and reflection of these sound waves is displayed as an image of the moving foetus (unborn baby) on a monitor screen. No x-rays are involved in ultrasound imaging. Assessment of the foetus can help to detect major abnormalities in the baby, however not all abnormalities can be detected in this way. Ultrasound measurements can also help determine the size and growth of the baby and help to confirm the estimated due date.

Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning, is a method of obtaining pictures from inside the human body through the use of high frequency sound waves.
 
Obstetric ultrasound refers to the specialised use of this technique to observe your unborn baby while it is inside your uterus (womb). The sound waves are emitted from a hand-held nozzle, which is placed on your stomach, and reflection of these sound waves is displayed as an image of the moving foetus (unborn baby) on a monitor screen. No x-rays are involved in ultrasound imaging.
 
Assessment of the foetus can help to detect major abnormalities in the baby, however not all abnormalities can be detected in this way. Ultrasound measurements can also help determine the size and growth of the baby and help to confirm the estimated due date. 
Baby Movements in Pregnancy

The following pamphlet helps guide you about baby movements in pregnancy, and when to call your LMC. Baby Movements in Pregnancy.docx.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 305.4 KB)

The following pamphlet helps guide you about baby movements in pregnancy, and when to call your LMC.

Diabetes in Pregnancy

Our team of specialised midwives work with you, and our obstetricians and obstetric physicians to provide you excellent care that will help ensure the best health for you and your baby. Diabetes in pregnancy.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 537.8 KB) Healthy eating for diabetes in pregnancy.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 6.5 MB) Suggested meal plan - Chinese.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 146 KB) Suggested meal plan - Indian.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 143.5 KB) Suggested meal plan.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 147.3 KB) HbA1c test.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 265.9 KB) Metformin in pregnancy.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 769.5 KB) Insulin treatment in pregnancy.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 780.3 KB) Managing your diabetes - Caesareans.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 115.9 KB)

Our team of specialised midwives work with you, and our obstetricians and obstetric physicians to provide you excellent care that will help ensure the best health for you and your baby.

High Blood Pressure and Pre-eclampsia

High blood pressure or pre-eclampsia can affect up to 10% of pregnant women. Your midwife will regularly check you for developing signs of either of these conditions and refer you to see our obstetricians if needed. It is important to let your LMC know if you have any of the following symptoms: Severe headache Problems with vision, such as blurring or flashing before the eyes Severe pain on the top right hand side of your tummy Vomiting Sudden swelling of the face, hands or feet. Low dose aspirin and calcium.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 980.4 KB)

High blood pressure or pre-eclampsia can affect up to 10% of pregnant women. Your midwife will regularly check you for developing signs of either of these conditions and refer you to see our obstetricians if needed. It is important to let your LMC know if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Severe headache
  • Problems with vision, such as blurring or flashing before the eyes
  • Severe pain on the top right hand side of your tummy
  • Vomiting
  • Sudden swelling of the face, hands or feet.
Breech Baby

Information on how to help your breech baby to turn head down and birth choices if your baby remains in the breech position. When your baby is breech.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 515.3 KB) Turning your breech baby.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 692.7 KB)

Information on how to help your breech baby to turn head down and birth choices if your baby remains in the breech position.

Induction of Labour

Some women may be recommended to have an induction of labour for medical reasons or if your pregnancy continues for more than 41 weeks. Any recommendation for an induction will be discussed with you by your LMC and obstetrician. Induction of Labour (PDF, 233.7 KB) Induction of labour (Chinese) (PDF, 1.1 MB) Going home with a balloon catheter (DOCX, 741.4 KB)

Some women may be recommended to have an induction of labour for medical reasons or if your pregnancy continues for more than 41 weeks. Any recommendation for an induction will be discussed with you by your LMC and obstetrician.

Labour and Birth

Giving birth can be an exciting but anxious time. Please talk with your LMC about your choices for labour and birth. We also run free and regular antenatal classes which can provide you with extra information. Your labour - What you need to know (PDF, 2.1 MB) Your labour - What you need to know (Chinese) (PDF, 2.4 MB) Strategies for managing labour (PDF, 1.1 MB) Labour and birth in water (PDF, 637.9 KB) Perineal massage (PDF, 395.8 KB) Group B streptoccocus infection (PDF, 1.3 MB) Epidurals in labour (PDF, 233.1 KB) Third and fourth degree tears during childbirth (PDF, 268.3 KB) Your baby's whenua (Placenta) (PDF, 782 KB)

Giving birth can be an exciting but anxious time. Please talk with your LMC about your choices for labour and birth. We also run free and regular antenatal classes which can provide you with extra information.

Your planned Caesarean section

Some women require a planned caesarean section for a number of reasons. If you are having a planned caesarean section you may find it helpful to know what to expect before the day arrives. The video below discusses what to expect and ways to improve recovery Your planned caesarean section leaflet (PDF, 936.4 KB)

Some women require a planned caesarean section for a number of reasons. If you are having a planned caesarean section you may find it helpful to know what to expect before the day arrives. The video below discusses what to expect and ways to improve recovery

Breastfeeding your Baby

Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand Waitematā provides a range of resources to assist mothers to initiate and maintain breastfeeding for their babies. Lactation consultants are also available on referral - please discuss with your lead maternity carer (LMC). Pregnancy and parenting education and breastfeeding classes are available. Breastfeeding beginners guide.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 889.3 KB) Breastfeeding beginners guide (Chinese).pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 1.1 MB) Breastfeeding beginners guide (Thai).pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 684.5 KB) Breastfeeding information for Grandparents (Chinese).pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 1.4 MB) Breastfeeding complications.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 528.7 KB) Breastfeeding complications (Chinese).pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 348.7 KB) Expressing and storing colostrum in pregnancy.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 582.2 KB) How to use a nipple shield.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 113.1 KB) Sharing breastmilk.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 524 KB)

Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand Waitematā provides a range of resources to assist mothers to initiate and maintain breastfeeding for their babies.

Lactation consultants are also available on referral - please discuss with your lead maternity carer (LMC).

Pregnancy and parenting education and breastfeeding classes are available.

 

Titifaitama Pregnancy and New Parent Breastfeeding Groups

These groups are led by the Pacific Cultural Liaison Co-ordinator together with a Lactation Consultant. Open to all Pacifica antenatal and postnatal mums and families who want to know more about breastfeeding. Shared lunch provided. We can also help you find a midwife if you need help. When: Dates for 2023 are July 20, September 21, November 16 Time: Groups run from 10am until 1pm Venue: Rānui Community Centre - 474 Swanson Road, Rānui Note: We also visit mums at home alternate Thursdays with a lactation consultant. Dates for home visits are: June 18th and 22nd, July 6th, August 10th and 24th, October 12th and 26th, November 2nd. Contact Galu if you would like to attend or for more information - 021 286 1686 Galuafi Lui Profile.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 100.1 KB) Titfaitama Pregnancy .png.png.png.png.png.png.png (PNG, 331.8 KB)

These groups are led by the Pacific Cultural Liaison Co-ordinator together with a Lactation Consultant.

Open to all Pacifica antenatal and postnatal mums and families who want to know more about breastfeeding. 

Shared lunch provided.

We can also help you find a midwife if you need help.

When: Dates for 2023 are July 20, September 21, November 16

Time: Groups run from 10am until 1pm

Venue: Rānui Community Centre - 474 Swanson Road, Rānui

Note: We also visit mums at home alternate Thursdays with a lactation consultant.
Dates for home visits are: June 18th and 22nd, July 6th, August 10th and 24th, October 12th and 26th, November 2nd. 

Contact Galu if you would like to attend or for more information - 021 286 1686

How to Protect your Baby from Sudden Unexpected Death of an Infant

Make every sleep a safe sleep for all infants, and reduce the rate of SUDI in the Northern Region. SUDI means the Sudden Unexpected Death of an Infant (previously called cot death, SIDS, and other terms) Safe Sleep Guideline.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 187.2 KB)

Make every sleep a safe sleep for all infants, and reduce the rate of SUDI in the Northern Region.

SUDI means the Sudden Unexpected Death of an Infant (previously called cot death, SIDS, and other terms)

Newborn Hearing Screening

The aim of the UNHSEIP (Universal Newborn Hearing Screening & Early Intervention Programme) is for early identification of newborns with hearing loss. The programme ensures that they can access timely and appropriate interventions, inequalities are reduced and the outcomes for these children, their families and whanau, communities and society are improved. The core goals of the UNHSEIP are described as "1-3-6" goals which are based on international programme measures. Your Baby will be screened by 1 month of age, this is usually done while you are in one of WDHB birthing units, or at an outpatient appointment at the 4 sites, look at the attached pamphlet for details and photos of a hearing screen. Audiology assessment if required is sent to Audiology at Greenlane with your baby having an appointment by 3 months of age. Initiation of appropriate medical and audiological services and Early Intervention education services by 6 months of age. Screening for hearing loss is strongly recommended for all newborn babies because: research tells us that if we find out a baby has a hearing loss early, we can begin interventions and improve a child's ability to develop language and speech and to learn and develop social skills the test itself is simple and safe and won't cause your baby or you any discomfort. It just takes a few minutes of your time. there are two teams of Newborn hearing screeners at WDHB. For any queries and appointments for your baby please call 0800 864 734. To directly contact the facility closest to you phone: West Auckland & Helensville, Phone: (09) 486 8920 ext 47756 North Shore & Warkworth, Phone: (09) 486 8920 ext 47188 To access NBHS pamphlets available on line at the NSU in languages listed below click on the link: https://www.nsu.govt.nz/ Maori, Samoan, Tongan, Korean, Hindi, Swahili, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese Newborn Hearing Screening .pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 585.7 KB)

The aim of the UNHSEIP (Universal Newborn Hearing Screening & Early Intervention Programme) is for early identification of newborns with hearing loss.  The programme ensures that they can access timely and appropriate interventions, inequalities are reduced and the outcomes for these children, their families and whanau, communities and society are improved. The core goals of the UNHSEIP are described as "1-3-6" goals which are based on international programme measures.

Your Baby will be screened by 1 month of age, this is usually done while you are in one of WDHB birthing units, or at an outpatient appointment at the 4 sites, look at the attached pamphlet for details and photos of a hearing screen.

Audiology assessment if required is sent to Audiology at Greenlane with your baby having an appointment by 3 months of age.

Initiation of appropriate medical and audiological services and Early Intervention education services by 6 months of age.

Screening for hearing loss is strongly recommended for all newborn babies because:

  • research tells us that if we find out a baby has a hearing loss early, we can begin interventions and improve a child's ability to develop language and speech and to learn and develop social skills
  • the test itself is simple and safe and won't cause your baby or you any discomfort. It just takes a few minutes of your time.
  • there are two teams of Newborn hearing screeners at WDHB. For any queries and appointments for your baby please call 0800 864 734. To directly contact the facility closest to you phone:
  • West Auckland & Helensville, Phone: (09) 486 8920 ext 47756
  • North Shore & Warkworth, Phone: (09) 486 8920 ext 47188

To access NBHS pamphlets available on line at the NSU in languages listed below click on the link:

https://www.nsu.govt.nz/

Maori, Samoan, Tongan, Korean, Hindi, Swahili, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese

Neonatal Assessment of the Hips

Clinical pathway to assist and support LMCs. Assessment Pathway.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 551.8 KB) Neonatal assessment of the hips

Clinical pathway to assist and support LMCs.

Anti-D

Routine Anti-D should be offered to all Rh negative women at 28 and 34 weeks gestation. Please see attached guideline for the referral process. Anti-D Guideline.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf.pdf (PDF, 242.8 KB)

Routine Anti-D should be offered to all Rh negative women at 28 and 34 weeks gestation. Please see attached guideline for the referral process.

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Visiting Hours

Birthing Suite
Partner and key support people are welcome in the birthing room or may wait in the visitors lounge.

Maternity Suite
Partner or one key support person can stay throughout
Restricted Visiting:  see below

Restrictions

  • No children except the brothers and sisters of the new baby
  • No more than two visitors at a time. You can swap around visitors so that everyone has a turn 
  • Please do not visit if you are unwell
  • Visiting Hours are 8am - 8pm

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Contact Details

North Shore Hospital

North Auckland

Antenatal Clinic: ph (09) 486 8920 ext 43393
Pregnancy and Parenting Education
Click here for information and to register for:
- Pregnancy & Parenting courses
- Breastfeeding classes
Alternatively please phone or text Barbara Taylor on 021 784 265

Birthing Suite: (09) 486 8920 ext 42898
Maternity Suite: (09) 486 8920 ext 42848
Early Pregnancy Clinic: 021 243 9729

Shakespeare Road
Takapuna
Auckland 0620

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Auckland 0620

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Takapuna
North Shore City 0740

This page was last updated at 11:56AM on May 28, 2024. This information is reviewed and edited by North Shore Hospital Maternity Services | Waitematā | Te Whatu Ora.