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.
Best Start payment
Best Start is a payment to help NZ families with the costs in a child's early years.
Families can get $60 a week for each child due on or after 1 July 2018. The payment lasts for 1 to 3 years.
You can get up to 10 days unpaid special leave when you're pregnant. This is for medical checks, antenatal classes and other appointments. It doesn't have to be taken as a full day's leave.
Find out what paid and unpaid parental leave you're entitled to — and how to apply for it.
Specific rules apply, but self-employed people can receive parental leave payments.
Work out if you can get paid parental leave and parental tax credit. You can't get both for the same baby, so you'll have to choose which one is best for you.
Answer some questions to find out which benefits you might be entitled to. It's confidential — the tool asks you questions but Work and Income don’t see your answers. You'll be asked:
- for personal information about you and your partner
- what you've earned in the last year
- about any health conditions or disabilities
- how much you pay in rent or mortgage payments
- the value of your assets.
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.