FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. How much does maternity care cost?
Midwifery and maternity care is free to all New Zealand Citizens, Residents, Two-year Work Visa holders and their spouses. To check your eligibility in other circumstances, please visit the Ministry of Health website
This care includes midwifery visits from when you become pregnant to 4-6 weeks after you have your baby. It includes having a midwife attend your birth, and 24 hour help for emergency situations. We can refer you to other practitioners such as obstetricians, general practitioners, physiotherapists, counsellors, and lactation consultants – this care is also free. You are entitled to two nights in hospital after you have your baby. Any paediatric care required is also covered.
In Canterbury, there is a fee for some ultrasound scans (usually about $50) and a pharmacy fee for prescriptions. Some antenatal classes charge for their services, although courses are free through Christchurch Women’s Hospital.
Q. I’m pregnant! What next?
Congratulations on your pregnancy!
We recommend that you book a Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) as soon as you find out you are pregnant. For most women this will be a midwife. If you wish you can also have a private obstetrician involved in your care, although we can refer you to hospital obstetricians if you should need one.
We recommend you book early so that your midwife can organise antenatal supplements, discuss safe eating, help you enrol in antenatal classes, and organise your initial blood tests and first scan which is usually at about 12 weeks.
If needed we can also confirm your pregnancy for you. It is important to know your due date fairly accurately, and we can send you for a dating scan if needed.
The first trimester is important for setting up the health of your pregnancy. We will discuss your health history to see if there is anything in particular we need to refer you to the hospital for or keep a closer eye on. It is important to find out your blood type early in pregnancy so an early antenatal test is recommended. We can also help you to deal with the symptoms of the first trimester, and refer you to support agencies if needed.
Please text, phone, or send us an email if you would like to meet up or find out about our availability.
Q. When is my due date?
Q. Where do you attend births?
Wherever is most appropriate for you.
Our midwives have experience and support both home and hospital births, including waterbirths.
We have access agreements at all maternity facilities in Christchurch including St George’s and Lincoln maternity units, as well as Christchurch Women’s Hospital.
It’s worth noting that for home births we do tend to focus on women living locally in East and West Christchurch, rather than rurally. However, if you do live outside Christchurch you are welcome to contact us about our availability.
MATERNITY CARE IN CHRISTCHURCH
We’ve put together a few answers to questions about your journey toward child birth and becoming a mum, and about how maternity care works in Christchurch.