Useful websites

There are lots of useful websites for expectant parents and their whānau about New Zealand maternity services. A number of these websites are where you will find information about New Zealand maternity services and what a woman and her family can expect during pregnancy, labour and birth and the postnatal period until the baby is six weeks old. The Ministry of Health and the New Zealand College of Midwives' websites have wide ranging, current information on maternity services in general and on midwifery in particular.

Find Your Midwife:

If you are pregnant you will need a midwife – use this site to search for midwife LMCs in your region.

New Zealand College of Midwives:

The professional organisation for midwives in New Zealand.

Ministry of Health:

The government's principal advisor on health and disability: improving, promoting and protecting the health of all New Zealanders.

District Health Boards:

Links to websites for all New Zealand's district health boards where you can find out more about maternity services in your community.

New Zealand Legislation:

The authoritative source of Acts, Bills and Legislative Instruments should you want to learn about the legislation governing maternity health care.

Health and Disability Commissioner:

Promotes and protects the rights of health and disability consumers and facilitates the fair, simple and efficient resolution of complaints.

Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal:

Hears and determines disciplinary proceedings brought against any health practitioners.

Health Quality and Safety Commission:

The Health Quality & Safety Commission works with clinicians, providers and consumers to improve health and disability support services.


Provides a range of information about having a baby, including information for expectant parents, registering a new baby, baby names and childcare costs.

Sleep on side:

A public health messaging designed to provide pregnant women with vital information which may reduce the risk of stillbirth in the late stages of pregnancy.