Women's health services plus women's health information

This service covers paediatrics, maternity and gynaecology services for the Bay of Plenty region.

Two maternity units in Tauranga and Whakatane Hospitals are secondary care services with level two special care baby units.  Primary care is provided by Lead Maternity Carers (LMC's) who hold Access Agreements with the DHB.  Both units have achieved Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) status.

Obstetricians have Antenatal clinics and Early Pregnancy Clinics and accept referrals from General Practitioners' and LMCs.

The core staff midwives and nurses, with the support of obstetricians and paediatricians, provide the secondary care for maternity, and for the special care baby units.

The Opotiki and Murupara primary care units are attended by independent midwives.

Lactation Consultants (LC's) are staff qualified in all aspects of breastfeeding support.  The LC works alongside the midwife or doctor and can provide services within the hospital or the community. Referral from your Lead Maternity Carer is usually required.  LC's can also see babies over six weeks of age if the need arises.

There is a LC available five days a week at Tauranga Hospital and three days a week at Whakatane Hospital.  Services can also be provided at Opotiki Maternity Unit on a case by case basis.  The LC usually sees those mothers and babies who are having particular issues with breastfeeding.  Usually only one or two visits are required and perhaps some phone support.

More information on breastfeeding support can be gained from: http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/life-stages/maternity-and-breastfeeding/breastfeeding

Last updated: May 1, 2020