You will need a lead maternity carer (LMC) to co-ordinate care during pregnancy, birth and after the baby is born.
Your chosen LMC may provide all maternity care, or may share care with one or more practitioners.
For more information on choosing someone to care for you during and after pregnancy, visit our health information on lead maternity carers.
If you live in the Auckland DHB area [PDF, 1.5 MB], you can choose to have a National Women's Health community midwife as your LMC.
Our community midwives provide care in your local area throughout your pregnancy and after birth. During labour and birth, you will be supported by core midwives in our Labour and Birthing Suite.
We also have a number of specialist midwifery services available for women with more complex needs or medical conditions such as diabetes. To find out about those services visit our page on speciality and complex maternity care.
You can be referred to us by your GP or you can self-refer through our Walk-In Centre. Once we receive your information, you can expect to be contacted by your midwife within two weeks for an appointment.
Your appointments will take place at the Greenlane Clinical Centre or at one of our community clinics held in various locations around Auckland.
For non-urgent issues after hours and during the weekend, you can phone the community midwife message line (your midwife will give you the number).
Women who may be in labour or would like advice can call our Labour and Birthing Suite 24 hours a day / 7 days a week on 09 307 2888.
Their role is to care for you while you are pregnant and after your baby is born, including:
Labour and birthing care is provided by core midwives in our Labour and Birthing Suite.
Your first appointment with your community midwife will last about one hour - enough time for you to get to know her and share information.
After the initial visit, your antenatal appointments will take about 30 minutes. Usually antenatal appointments are monthly up to 32 weeks, fortnightly to 36 weeks, then weekly until the birth of your baby. This pattern may be altered depending on your individual needs and circumstances.
During visits, your midwife will check your blood pressure, test your urine, listen to your baby's heartbeat, arrange any necessary tests or scans, provide information and answer any questions you may have about your care.