While you're pregnant
Choose a midwife and find out about paid parental leave, antenatal classes, health tests and parenting support.
Choose your lead maternity carer (LMC)
As soon as your pregnancy is confirmed you need to choose an LMC. Most LMCs are registered midwives, but they can also be:
- family doctors who provide maternity care
- obstetricians (doctors who specialise in pregnancy and childbirth).
Your LMC will:
- provide care throughout your pregnancy
- be with you when you give birth
- provide care to you and your baby for 4 to 6 weeks after the birth.
Phone 0800 MUM 2 BE (0800 686 223) to get lead maternity carers in your area.
This website lists contact details for qualified midwives who are members of the NZ College of Midwives.
Learn about labour, birth and looking after a baby.
Working while you're pregnant
You can get up to 10 days unpaid special leave when you're pregnant. This is for medical appointments, antenatal classes — it doesn't have to be taken as a full day's leave.
You can also take parental leave for when the baby arrives.
Changes to parental leave payments
Parents with babies due on or after 1 July 2018 are eligible for 22 weeks of paid parental leave.
Parents with babies due on or after 1 July 2020 are eligible for 26 weeks of paid parental leave.
If you're renting
A baby is considered another tenant and needs to be included in your rental agreement.
If you want to stay in your rental home once your baby is born, make sure your rental agreement lets you have another person living there.
If it doesn’t you can talk to your landlord about changing the agreement to include another person.
Health tests and screening
Talk to your lead maternity carer about what screening you should have.
You'll be offered HIV screening with your first antenatal blood tests. Picking up HIV in pregnancy can stop it transferring to your baby.
You'll be advised about the availability of screening for Down Syndrome and other conditions. There are options for screening in the first or second trimester.
Your health while you're pregnant
Information and links for parents and caregivers.