There is a range of options for you and your partner for antenatal classes and education across our region.

 

Hapū wānanga: kaupapa Maori pregnancy and parenting programme
The hapū wānanga programme covers mainstream and traditional Maori practices relating to pregnancy and birth. The programme operates across the district. 

Attendance is limited to 10 whanau per hapū wānanga. Registrations will be taken and prioritised according to estimated date of delivery and any other consideration.

The hapū wānanga programme covers mainstream and traditional Maori practices relating to pregnancy and birth.
It operates from a kaupapa Maori or Maori philosophy base with tikanga or Maori protocols observed, including karakia , mihimihi (speeches of welcome) and whanaungatanga (introductions) and mihi mutunga (farewell speeches). The programme is designed to bring whanau back to Maori traditions.  
An understanding of Maori language is not required for the programme as it is conducted mainly in English.

Hapū wānanga is an interactive forum and covers:
•    care during pregnancy
•    labour and birthpost natal care
•    access to maternity services
•    traditional Māori birth practices, pūrākau and karakia
•    safe sleep
•    smokefree whanau
•    breastfeeding
•    bonding and gentle handling of baby.

On completion of the programme whanau are given their choice of safe sleep device, either a wahakura or pēpi pod, and a koha gift pack that comes with mattress, sheets, merino blanket, baby clothes and accessories.  

The hapū wānanga is open to all, not just first time parents.  Hapū māmā are encouraged to bring along their support whānau i.e. tamariki,  partners and wider whanau are welcome. There is no cost to attend and transport is provided if required. Kai is also provided.

The programme is a partnership between Nelson Marlborough Health’s Te Waka Hauora Maori Health team and Maternity Services; local Maori providers and community.

For more information or enquiries about hapū wānanga contact:  Felicity Spencer, ph. 022 014 1804 or email [email protected]

Location Dates
Wairau 31 January -1 February 2019
Motueka 28 February - 1 March 2019
Nelson 4 & 5 April 2019
Wairau 2 & 3 May 2019

Nelson

Nelson Marlborough Health Pregnancy and Parenting classes

Nelson Marlborough Health midwives and educators provide up-to-date information and advice on pregnancy and parenting in an informative, interactive and relaxed way.

The antenatal classes, along with your healthcare team, assist you to have a fit, healthy pregnancy.

During the classes there will be information on forming a birth plan, coping skills and the process of labour and birth; what to expect after the birth; feeding your baby and planning your new roles as parents.  There will also be a hospital tour and guest speakers.

LocationTimeDates
Seminar Centre
Braemar Campus
Waimea Road (Opposite the entrance to the Emergency Department at Nelson Hospital)
6.30-8.30pm 2019 dates to be advised
Victory Community Centre
2 Totara Street
Nelson.
(Selected interpreters are available)
1-3pm 2019 dates to be advised

 

Book into a class:

Phone the Maternity reception on (03) 546 1437.

TENS pain relief classes

TENS is the abbreviation for Transcutaneous (through the skin) Electrical Nerve Stimulation.  It is a non-invasive method used to relieve pain during labour. Nelson Hospital hires out TENS machines and you are asked to attend a short tutorial and read these instructions on how to use the machine.

Location: Nelson Hospital

Marlborough

Nelson Marlborough Health antenatal classes

Nelson Marlborough Health midwives and educators provide up-to-date information and advice on pregnancy and parenting in an informative, interactive and relaxed way.

The antenatal classes, along with your healthcare team, assist you to have a fit, healthy pregnancy.

During the classes there will be information on forming a birth plan, coping skills and the process of labour and birth; what to expect after the birth; feeding your baby and planning your new roles as parents.  There will also be a hospital tour and guest speakers.

MarlboroughTimeDates

Marlborough Health Hub, 22 Queen Street, Blenheim

Please book through your midwife or phone (03) 520 9979. Women may attend classes on Monday or Tuesday, for six weeks.

7pm – 9pm

Mon: 12 November - 17 December
Tues: 13 November – 18 December

2019 dates to be advised

 

Nelson Parents Centre antenatal course (classes with an associated cost)
For more information contact the CBE Antenatal Co-ordinator or visit their website.

Marlborough Parents Centre Free and classes with an associated cost.

For more information visit the Marlborough Parents Centre website.

Murchison

Nelson Marlborough Health midwives and educators provide up-to-date information and advice on pregnancy and parenting in an informative, interactive and relaxed way.

The antenatal classes, along with your healthcare team, assist you to have a fit, healthy pregnancy.

During the classes there will be information on forming a birth plan, coping skills and the process of labour and birth; what to expect after the birth; feeding your baby and planning your new roles as parents.  There will also be a hospital tour and guest speakers.

LocationDates
Murchison Hospital and Health Centre, 58 Hotham Street, Murchison 2019 dates to be advised

Book into a class

To book contact the maternity receptionist on (03) 546 1437

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