Tuesday 24 May 2016
FINDA MIDWIFE 0800 Lakes Baby (0800 525 372)
Lakes District Health Board (DHB) has started a phone service to assist women to find a midwife as early as possible in their pregnancy, ideally before they are ten weeks pregnant.
The 0800 Lakes Baby (0800 525 372) service aims to help women to connect with a midwife who is available and provides the best match with the needs of the pregnant woman.
This service was developed because it can be difficult for women to find a midwife and statistics show that this area has one of the lowest rates of early enrolment with a midwife, compared to other DHB areas.
There is a website with information about local midwives titled www.findyourmidwife.co.nz however many midwives in this area are not listed on the site.
A midwife provides care throughout pregnancy, labour and birth and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week during this time.
Following the birth, a midwife continues to provide care for mother and baby until the baby is four-to-six weeks old. Midwifery care is provided free of charge for all women eligible for health care in New Zealand.
The advantages with early enrolment with a midwife are
- Early and ongoing information for a healthy pregnancy
- Planning for labour and birth
- Early identification of any underlying medical conditions or health concerns and making referrals for specialist care when required.
We would like to hear from you. We welcome any feedback about the services we provide to you.
Watch this space....
You will shortly be able to connect with Lakes DHB on Facebook and Twitter.