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Whooping cough can be very serious for babies and children – especially those under 1 year old.
To protect your baby, get your free immunisation during pregnancy and take your baby for their free immunisations when they’re 6 weeks, 3 months and 5 months old. If you would like further information please discuss with your Midwife or GP. Please visit your GP surgery for your free immunization.
For further helpful information on the whooping cough vaccine please click here to the Ministry of Health website.
If you are pregnant, quitting smoking is one of the best decisions you will ever make for you and your baby.
When you smoke, poisons enter your bloodstream, than pass through the placenta to baby. This puts baby at risk of numerous health problems including glue ear, asthma, leukemia and Sudden Unexplained Death in infancy (SUDI).
If you have diabetes or if it is found during your pregnancy this service will manage this side of your care. Midwives, obstetricians, diabetologists, and dietitians all work to help you control your diabetes. Your LMC or community midwife will usually provide basic midwifery care too.
After baby is born it's important to stay smokefree. The first six weeks is a time many women find challenging. Even if you don't smoke around baby, poisons from the cigarettes will stay in your clothes and hair. Baby will be exposed to these.
Talk to your doctor, midwife, nurse or freephone 0800 569568.