The first 6 weeks with your baby

Home Visits from Midwives

You will receive first visit from your midwife within first 24 hours of being discharged from hospital who will assist you with breastfeeding and will monitor your baby's growth and development. The visits are more frequent in the initial period which will fade out once it is ensured that the baby's growth and health is normal. LMC visits are discussed and planned with you and your LMC until baby is 6 weeks old.

Lactation Consultant Services

Your Midwife is your first contact for any breastfeeding issues and then if she is unable to assist you she will then refer to the Lactation consultant who will offer full support to make sure everything is fine. Phone support is also available in case if something is not critical.


Well child and family and whānau service

After making sure about the normal health and growth of the baby, your Midwife will transfer the care of your baby to the Well Child / Tamariki Ora Services who will take care until your child is five years old. Your Midwife will notify your G.P. about the birth.

It is entirely your choice to choose the Well Child service provider. Well Child providers will include some of the following:

  • Plunket
  • Maori health provider
  • Pacific Island health provider
  • Public Health Service - for example, public health nurse, community nurse, community health worker, social worker, home visitor
  • a general practice team (doctor and practice nurse)
  • vision hearing technicians

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During childhood, children are exposed to thousands of germs, some of which are potentially harmful to their health. Immunisation is the most effective way to actively protect your child from preventable diseases, ranging from whooping cough to meningitis and measles. Ministry of Health recommends first vaccination at 6 weeks of age. Starting immunisations at six weeks of age enables your baby to start developing protection as soon as possible, particularly at a time where they are most vulnerable.

All babies born in New Zealand are registered with the national Immunisation register. It is highly recommended that you and your baby should be registered with local General Practitioner. To get the best possible protection, have the immunisations on time, every time.


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Last updated: March 21, 2019