Pregnancy and Parenting

Due to the current COVID-19 level 2 movement restrictions the way we are delivering Pregnancy & Parenting information and Support has changed. Services will be updated on this site as available.

To keep you, your pēpi and your whānau safe our service is:

  • Calling to check on you before we visit your home, or you attend clinics or classes
  • Asking every whānau if there is any chance they or anyone in their household is sick or has been in contact with anyone with COVID-19 (screening)
  • Making sure staff do not come to work if they are unwell
  • Our staff wearing a mask when you see them. They will ask you or any other adults at the appointment to wear a mask too.
  • Providing cleaning products to wipe surfaces, and hand sanitiser for hand hygiene.
  • Room layouts will be arranged to allow a two metre space between seats
  • Making sure we have a way to trace everyone who has used our service (contact tracing)


Nau mai haere mai! Welcome to the Whanganui Regional Health Network's Pregnancy and Parenting service. Here you will find information and support that will help you prepare for pregnancy and how to care for your new arrival. Learn about the benefits of healthy pregnancy and how to maintain it by connecting to community services who will support whanau/families.

  • Safe sleep spaces are still available, a safe sleep safety briefing accompanies distribution of the space, adhering social distancing and COVID-19 safety measures
  • Small classes will continue (Monday evenings, Sundays and Hapu Mama days)
  • Links to online antenatal education are listed below.
  • The opportunity to discuss labour, birthing, breastfeeding, safe sleep, smoking free pregnancy with our team either online, or via the phone will be available Monday to Friday 10.30-2.30pm and Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday evenings 7.30-8.30pm
  • Plunket (Skpe) on line breastfeeding support (link below)


Whanganui Regional Health Contacts details:

Pregnancy, Parenting and Safe Sleep Coordinator

Angela Weekly

0800 123 010 / 029 771 1677

Child Health Manager:

Childbirth Educator: Whanganui/Marton Louise Andrews 

Childbirth Educator-Rural Tania McLean 069275947


Labour and Birthing information

Your Labour Your Way – Your labour pain relief choices – a guide for New Zealand women


Whanganui Hospital Maternity Unit Tour is currently unavailable due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The following link provides a virtual tour on line

Please note that during the current lockdown period visiting restrictions are in place. Women may have two supports in the birthing room, one support person with them throughout the stay, and additional visitors postnatally one at a time.


Breast feeding Support

Whanganui DHB Lactation consultants

Monday-Friday 8am-4.30pm


Plunket Whanganui - Home

Mother Lead Breastfeeding Support Group Whanganui - Home



See WRHN, Services, Immunisation

Ministry of health recommends pregnant women receive a boostrix vaccination to help protect mother and baby against whooping cough between 16 &38 weeks of pregnancy.

Vaccination against influenza should also be given at any stage in pregnancy.

Updates and Immunisation information.

Keep Calm and Keep Immunising PDF


Safe Sleep

Hapai te Hauora website

Hapai, online training (60 minutes):

Online educational resources for distribution to Hapu mama and Whanau

Change for our Children website:

Baby Essentials, short course (15 minutes


WRHN website information around distribution of safe sleep spaces, availability and distribution process

Contact P&P Coordinator Angela Weekly for information about receiving a Pepipod or Wahakura


0800 123 010

Safe sleep online information suitable to share with whanau:

Baby Essentials, short course (15 minutes

Safe sleep for babies in COVID Times


Iwi /Maori Specific Information

Guiding Māori through the COVID19 Pandemic 2020

Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutū

Covid19 help and advice for Maori

NZ Govt Covid 19 Website

The show is live- streamed daily at 4pm, supported by Northland DHB, Counties Manukau, Auckland and Waitemata DHBs, the content and advice from experts is relevant to everyone.

The show follows a Q and A format and is produced to help provide families with information to protect them

Wahakura available via P&P Coordinator WRHN : Taranaki Hapu Wananga Muka Pito tie tutorial

Te Hau Ranga ora: Maori health service WDHB, referral available:

Haumoana Navigators can offer Whanau support when in delivery and postnatal ward, on call 24/7

Can be contacted via the hospital telephonist 063481234


MSD/MOH - Information for pregnant women, and those who have recently given birth

Ministry of Health Information


Resources for Health Professionals MoH

Contains updated official information from the Ministry of Health with many topics addressed.


Mental Health

Information and recommendations for support for those feeling anxious and stressed about COVID-19.             

A Facebook page helping young New Zealanders recognise and understand depression and anxiety.

A guide to workplace wellbeing