In New Zealand pregnancy care is mainly done by midwives and specialist obstetricians. We are funded to see you free of charge in the first trimester of your pregnancy. We can arrange testing, discuss options for care and give you advice about looking after yourself in pregnancy. Your midwife may refer you to your GP if they are concerned about early pregnancy complications.
There are some midwifery services available in Wanaka. Midwives will deliver babies at home, at Charlotte Jean birthing unit in Alexandra or in Dunedin Hospital. Local midwives are highly skilled in all the demands of rural midwifery practice and are funded to care for you until 6 weeks after the birth.
Our doctors are happy to provide back up during your pregnancy. Normally we will meet you and your baby at about 6 weeks after the birth for a baby check and for immunisation if this is your choice. This is an important visit in supporting you and giving us the opportunity to start a relationship with your child. Mothers are encouraged to make an appointment at the same time, to discuss contraception and any concerns they may have.