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Useful Websites

There are lots of really useful websites for expectant mums and their whanau about New Zealand maternity services

There are a number of websites where you 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.

New Zealand College of MidwivesThe professional organisation for midwives in New Zealand.
Ministry of HealthThe government's principal advisor on health and disability: improving, promoting and protecting the health of all New Zealanders.
District Health BoardsLinks to websites for all New Zealand's district health boards where you can find out more about maternity services in your community.
New Zealand LegislationThe authoritative source of Acts, Bills and Legislative Instruments should you want to learn about the legislation governing maternity health care. 
Health and Disability CommissionerPromotes 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. 
Maternity Quality and Safety The Health Improvement and Innovation Resource Centre has been developed to support performance and quality improvement efforts in New Zealand's health care system. 
SmartStart 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

 'Sleep on Side; Stillbirth Prevention Campaign' is a public health messaging campaign by the University of Auckland, Cure Kids and the Ministry of Health that is designed to provide pregnant women with vital information which may reduce the risk of stillbirth in the late stages of pregnancy.

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