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
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
Access to elective
services is on the basis of referral from General Practitioners
or Consultants. For further details click here.