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
It is entirely your choice to choose the Well Child service
provider. Well Child providers will include some of the
- Maori health provider
- Pacific Island health provider
- Public Health Service - for example, public health nurse,
community nurse, community health worker, social worker, home
- 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.
February 22, 2016