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Being Pregnant in Nelson

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Rebekah Joy
Rebekah Joy

This is a strange blog. I’m supposed to write about travel...but it seems there is limited information out there in cyberspace about being pregnant in regional New Zealand. Well let me tell you, I did my research before I came back, I called, I emailed, I checked with friends, I asked seems New Zealand is one of the best and most supportive places in the world to have a child.

Let’s begin with your LMC or lead maternity Carer. In New Zealand (providing your a resident or citizen or whatever) the government subsidizes all your care. Basically your midwife or doctor (doctor if you live in a very small town) is free! Scans and ultrasounds are subsided at $40 NZD a hit (compare this to $177AUD for my scans when I lived in Australia and $60AUD for the doctors appointment with medicare rebate!). All other healthcare while your pregnant is more or less free - dental excluded. I have had to have physiotherapist visits at Nelson Hospital and these are also free. Nelson has some excellent independent midwifes:

Andrea Vincent 03 5452001

Anna Bannister 03 540 2228

Aunouska Myer 03 545 6091

Bridie Fahey 03 5266877 or 0210722750

Carole Thompson 03 5472065

Cat Allen 03 5394031

Celia Rodley 03 5483685

Clare Spratt 03 5289877

Ellie Rudd 03 5477390

Gillian Gallacher 03 5266877

Helen Waugh 03 5284343

Janice Hayes 03 5288312

Jill Bonny 03 5471010

Kathy Farquhar 03 5458512

Kerensa Stansfield 03 545 8159

Lea Saussey 03 5447867

Lynne Adams 03 5475912

Melanie Clark 03 5380299

Ruth Elliot 03 5456076

Suzi Hulme 035467551

Vicky Chamberlayne 03 5487664

Wendy de Groot 03 5451601

Midwifes provide help and care for up to six weeks after the birth of the baby. After that they recommend you to either Plunket 03 5484765 or 0800 933 922  7am till midnight, 7 days or in Nelson the Te Korowai Trust 03-547 5958.

Apparently the majority of people living in Nelson live 20 minutes away from the public hospital. Nelson Hospital have an excellent website and very modern facilities. There is just one water birthing pool but apparently never a clash to be had.

Antenatal classes are free at the hospital but the waiting list is long and they are often full. Antenatal Education for Young Parents 03 546 9029 has a wealth of information. The Nelson District Parents Centre 03 546 9224 offers courses for $150 or $110 with community services card discount. The Parent Centre has groups of about thirteen couples and arranges post birth coffee groups and baby massage classes. They also have a woman who comes to offer advice about car seats. There are two or three places in Nelson who do car seat hire, Plunket which is between $20-$50 hireage for six months, Baby On The Move who do a whole range of supplies, temporary or permanent or Te Korowai Trust 

Nelson also offers a wide range of healthy options and services for pregnant women. Body Power offer pregnancy yoga for $10 on a Friday morning commencing at 10.00am. The Yoga Space have prenatal yoga available at different times in the evenings for $15 per session or a package rate. Body Flex also have a class on Wednesdays at 4.00pm

Riverside Pool have aquanatal classes for $7 on Mondays and Wednesdays. Classes also include a cup of tea afterwards and the chance to meet other pregnant ladies.

If your struggling with pregnancy try Pregnancy Help 03 5475269 or if you have just given birth and need a friendly shoulder or advice New Mothers Support Group 03 5457144.



Baby Friendly Cafes FAX: 03 520 8992 provides assistance with places around Nelson that are child friendly. I myself recommend Devilles, Alchemy Café, or Lambrettas

For help with anything breastfeeding: Breast Feeding Clinic: 03 5461437

Breast Feeding Nelson La Leche Group

Breastfeeding Options/ Lactation Service: 03 5478059

Breast Feeding Network: Fax 03 546 1548

The Postnatal Distress Support Network 03 5452192 provides support for after birth.

The Toy Library Federation have an awesome supply of toys and works on the same principals as a normal library.

For after school, playgroup and holiday programmes:

Barnados After School Care & School Holiday Programmes: 03 5390019 extn 20

Appleby Playcentre: 03 5449775

Atawhai Playcentre: 03 5450828

Birchwood Free Kindergarten: 03 5479637

Bizzikids Pre School and Daycare: 03 5403668

Bridge St Early Learning Centre: 03 5481234

Elim Kiwi Kids Childcare Preschool: 03 5479003

Enner Glynn Playcentre: 03 5474007

Grove Street Kindergarten: 03 548860


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