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Our midwives provide maternity care for women who have additional social and psychological issues which may impact on their life when they are pregnant. Our social worker works alongside pregnant women to connect them to services which can assist and empower them.

Our midwife will inform you of your choices for maternity care which are to be with one of our community midwives who provide will look after you during your pregnancy and for up to 6 weeks after your baby is born.  When you are in labour, the midwives at the birthing unit or hospital will look after you and support you to birth your baby. If you choose to have care with a self employed midwife then she/he will provide your maternity care through your pregnancy, birth and for up to six weeks after the birth of your baby.

You do not need to see your family doctor for pregnancy care and will be charged as normal for any visits that are non-pregnancy related.

Your community midwife will offer to see you at home, school or a place of your choice for your pregnancy checks.

Your midwife will talk to you about preparing for having your baby.  Our social worker will provide advice and information about financial, educational and social choices.

It's a really good idea to get in touch with a midwife as soon as you know that you are pregnant.

You can refer yourself for maternity care by dropping in at a Primary Birthing Unit.

The midwives and social worker can help you with:

  • Pregnancy checks and information about keeping you and your baby healthy
  • Blood tests and scans
  • Sexual health screening
  • Support with understanding the importance of making lifestyle changes such as smoking cessation, weight control, recreational drug use and not drinking alcohol
  • Support with Work and Income / Sickness Benefit
  • Continuing in education/work
  • Breastfeeding
  • Safe sleep for baby
  • Preparation for birth - where to give birth
  • Links with other helpful groups and people.

Pregnancy or Antenatal Classes

There are different types of classes available in Counties Manukau, please contact the provider of your choice here to obtain more information about what they can offer you. Also speak with your LMC as they can guide you toward making the decision that’s right for you.

Publicly Funded (FREE) sessions are available through:

  • Turuki HealthcareComplete booking form or phone 09 275 5788 or 0800 427 892 for Antenatal Wanaga:
    - Mangere Clinic2/32 Canning Crescent, Mangere
    - Papakura Marae - 29 Hunua Road, Papakura
    - Pukekohe Netball Centre - Queen Street, Pukekohe
    - Manurewa - Te Kaha o te Rangitahi - 2b Jellicoe Road, Manurewa
  • South Seas HealthcareTapuaki Pregnancy Education courses are available in Otara, Mangere and Manurewa. Course is available in English and Pacific languages.
    - Complete registration form or phone 09 273 9017 ext 281 or text 027 550 9419
  • Taonga Education Centre offers the following teen parent services: Teen Parent Social Services which includes Teen Parenting Unit (TPU)
    - Teenage Mother Accommodation - Te Whare o Taonga
    - Antenatal Services - Childbirth Education Session includes 2 x 5 hours over 2 days in Manurewa, Otara and Papakura. Healthy lunch and morning tea provided as well as transport if needed.
    - Mama Awhi - peer support for pregnant teen parents during pregnancy and up to 6 weeks post-natal within Counties Manukau area or teen parents expecting their first baby. Taonga can help with transport to sessions
    - Complete form or phone 09 269 281 or 0508 826 642)
  • Plunket Education Programme PEPE consists of 5 free courses.
    - Phone: 09 260 4111 or email

Not Publicly Funded:

Mother and Pepe Services
The service is open to all young mums with a particular focus on young Maori mums. The service is provided by Maori health workers who have recognised skills or experience in the maternity or childcare areas and who have strong links with the Maori community.  Contacts are:

  • Turuki Health (Counties Manukau region) Ph: (09) 275 5788
  • Te Kaha o te rangatahi (Mangere and Papatoetoe area) Ph: (09) 270 4725

Birthing and Assessment
Middlemore Hospital (09) 276 0044 extension 58350

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