Did you know…
- Midwifery services are provided FREE to you if you are a New Zealand Citizen, Resident or if you or your spouse holds a 2 year working visa
- Midwives provide ‘continuity of care’ – your midwife will provide care before, during and after your birth
- Midwives can refer you to specialist services should the need arise
- Midwives can request blood tests, scans and prescribe medication for women and babies under their care
- Midwives provide support, encouragement and information for breastfeeding mothers and babies
- You develop your care plan with your midwife to ensure that your needs are met
- You can book with a midwife as soon as you think you may be pregnant – we provide FREE pregnancy testing and pre-natal advice
- Some of our midwives do appointments in Te Awamutu, Matamata, Tokoroa, Hamilton or in your home
- If you would like to discuss any of the above please give one of us a call
Frequently Asked Questions
How do midwives work?
Click here to download a fact sheet about Midwifery in NZ.
I think I might be pregnant. How can I get a pregnancy test?
Midwives can supply you with a free pregnancy test as well as support and advice regarding the results.
Click here for more information about pregnancy testing.
When should I make contact with a midwife?
As soon as you know or suspect you might be pregnant, give us a call to make an appointment. You are very welcome to meet with more than one of us before settling on your preferred midwife.
If you would like pre-conceptual advice (prior to getting pregnant), we can see you before you get pregnant to answer your questions and help you get ready for pregnancy.
Do I have to pay for anything?
Midwifery care is free if you are a :
- NZ Citizen
- NZ Residence Permit holder
- Australian Citizen or permanent resident who is intending to live in NZ for 2 years or more
- The pregnant wife or partner of an eligible person
- A work permit holder whose permit is valid for 2 years or more
- NZ has a reciprocal agreement with UK and Australia
If you are not sure if you qualify for free maternity care, give us a call and we can help you find out.
You will need to pay a small charge for ultra sound scans during your pregnancy. Your midwife can advise you about this.
What areas do you service?
All of our midwives work in Cambridge. Some of us work in Hamilton and the rural areas anywhere from Tokoroa, Te Awamutu, Morrinsville and beyond. Give us a call and we can discuss your options. By choosing a local midwife, we can see you in your own home during the postnatal period to save you travelling around for appointments with your new baby!
Where can I have my baby?
Our midwives work at all of the local birthing facilities (i.e. Waterford, River Ridge, Te Awamutu Birthing and Waikato Hospital). Some of our midwives also care for women having home births. Talk to your midwife about where they have access and where is the best place for you to birth.
What is a normal weight gain in pregnancy?
Maintaining a healthy weight in pregnancy is really important.
Click here for more information regarding pregnancy weight gain.
Do I need to take dietary supplements in pregnancy?
A healthy diet is an essential part of a healthy pregnancy and your midwife can assist you with dietary advice.
There are some supplements that are recommended for pregnancy women and those planning a pregnancy.
Click here to find out more about it.
I feel so sick. What can I do?
Nausea and vomiting is common, especially in the first trimester. Talk to your midwife about the severity of your symptoms and she can help you manage it. Occasionally severe vomiting in pregnancy needs medication and even hospital admission. If in doubt talk to your midwife for advice.
Click here to get more information about the subject.
What about Dads. What information is out there for fathers?
Try some of these websites for great information for Dads: