Women have better outcomes and greater satisfaction with their birthing experiences when they are cared for by a midwife. Kapiti Midwives will work in partnership with you to provide the necessary support, care and advice during pregnancy, labour and for up to six weeks after the birth of your baby.

Antenatal Care:

Timing of Visits:

Visits are usually monthly up until 28 weeks, then fortnightly until 36 weeks and then weekly until your baby is born.  Visits are mostly at our clinic rooms or in your home if necessary.


Content:

During your appointments we will discuss with you your general health and pregnancy progress; your choices and preferences with respect to place of birth, antenatal education, exercise, nutrition, smoking cessation, labour and birth support, and preparation for breastfeeding.


Screening:

We offer blood testing and screening in pregnancy for some chromosomal abnormalities; and screening for gestational diabetes.  Any testing is always undertaken with your consent.

Ultrasound scans:

If unsure of your due date we can offer a dating scan.  We offer a nuchal translucency scan at 12-13 weeks as part of the first trimester screening.  We also offer a scan at 20 weeks to assess baby’s anatomy and check the location of your placenta.  If there are no complications in your pregnancy then there is usually no further need for ultrasound scanning after 20 weeks.

Personal responsibilities:

Good communication – talk with your midwife and let her know what is happening in your life so she can understand your needs and support you appropriately.

Keep appointments – please try to attend all appointments however if unable to attend please ensure you give your midwife plenty of notice.  We encourage husbands/partners or support people to attend and be involved in your care.

Specialist care:

If a complication arises in your pregnancy we will refer you to an obstetrician.  These appointments may be in Wellington, or at a fortnightly clinic at the Kapiti Health Centre. It is important that you keep all appointments made for you.

Postnatal Care:

Timing of Visits: 

Visits are generally frequent in the first two weeks and then weekly thereafter.  We then refer you to your chosen Well Child Provider at around week four. You are discharged from midwifery care between four and six weeks.

Breastfeeding:

We will do all we can to support you with breastfeeding your baby.  In order to give breastfeeding the best start possible please do not purchase breast pumps, bottles or dummies.  These all interfere with the normal physiology of not only breastfeeding but also milk production.  Only a very small percentage of women cannot breastfeed due to a physiological reason, therefore your success comes from both you and your baby with support from your midwife.

Lactation Consultant service:

One of our midwives, Noreen Roche, is a lactation consultant.

At this time there is no government funding for lactation consultants (IBCLCs) and so IF there is a requirement for lactation expertise beyond normal midwifery care then there may be a charge for this service.