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

The hapū wānanga programme covers mainstream and traditional Māori practices relating to pregnancy and birth. The programme operates across the district. 

Attendance is limited to 10 whānau per hapū wānanga.

The hapū wānanga is open to all, not just first time parents or those of Māori descent.  Hapū māmā are encouraged to bring along their support whānau i.e. tamariki,  partners and wider whānau members are welcome. There is no cost to attend and transport can be provided. Kai (food) is also provided throughout the 2 day wānanga.

2020 dates

LocationDate
Motueka 17-18 March
  4-5 June
  27-28 August
  26-27 November
Nelson 6 -7 April
  2-3 July
  24-25 September
  10-11 December
Wairau 7-8 May
  30-31 July
  29-30 October

 

 

How to register

Registrations will be taken and prioritised according to estimated date of delivery and any other considerations. Please ask your midwife or health professional to refer you, or download the registration form

About the programme

The programme operates from a kaupapa Māori or Māori 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 whānau back to Maori traditions.  
An understanding of Māori 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/childbirth and post natal care
•    access to maternity services
•    traditional Māori birth practices, pūrākau and karakia
•    safe sleeping practices
•    smokefree whānau
•    breastfeeding
•    bonding and gentle handling of baby.

On completion of the programme whānauare 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 programme is a partnership between Nelson Marlborough Health’s Te Waka Hauora Maori Health team and Maternity Services; local Maori providers and community.

If you have more questions

For more information or enquiries about hapū wānanga, please email [email protected]

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. 

Over the five week course you'll gain knowledge and skills to take you through pregnancy, labour and birth, the early days of parenting and beyond. 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.

Class sizes are limited, so register early. Interpreters welcome for non-english speakers.

Locations, dates & times

Note: Each class series goes for five weeks.

Nelson Hospital
Seminar Centre, Braemar Campus, Waimea Road (across the road from the entrance to the Emergency Department at Nelson Hospital).
Tuesday and Wednesday nights, 6.30pm - 8.30pm. 
Dates for 2020:

  • 28 January - 25 February
  • 10 March - 7 April
  • 12 May - 9 June
  • 28 July - 25 August
  • 29 September - 27 October
  • 10 November - 8 December

Victory Community Centre
2 Totara Street, Nelson
Wednesdays, 1.00pm - 3.00pm
Dates for 2020:

  • 12 March - 9 April (this class is for those with English as a second language)
  • 14 October - 11 November
  • Other dates TBC

How to book

Please book through your midwife or phone the Maternity reception on (03) 546 1437.

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.

Location, dates & times

Marlborough
Marlborough Health Hub, 22 Queen Street, Blenheim
Dates for 2020:

  • TBC

How to book

Please enquire through your midwife or phone (03) 520 9979.

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.

Location, dates & times

Murchison Hospital and Health Centre
58 Hotham Street, Murchison
Dates for 2020:

  • TBC

How to book

Contact the maternity receptionist on (03) 546 1437.