Useful Links

Further information on pregnancy, birth, and postnatal care.

Midwives & Maternity Services

Midwives Clinics at Waterford Birth Centre
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Find your Midwife
www.findyourmidwife.co.nz
Browse midwife profiles on New Zealand’s midwife database.

New Zealand College of Midwives
www.midwife.org.nz
The midwives’ professional body has lots of good information for women and about midwifery in New Zealand. Learn about what to look for in a midwife and how to choose the right one for you.

Maternity Services in New Zealand
www.maternity.org.nz
Consumer information leaflets, support, and research articles.

Parents Place
www.parentsplace.co.nz
An amazing support centre for parents by parents. Access antenatal education, breastfeeding information, new baby education classes and on-going playgroup/coffee morning type groups.

Birth

New Zealand Ministry of Health information for pregnant women
www.health.govt.nz/your-health/pregnancy-and-kids

Articles on gentle birth and parenting by Dr Sarah Buckley
www.sarahbuckley.com/articles/

Photo / video’s of normal birth

www.birthbecomesher.com/birth-videos/
www.capturinglife.co.nz/birth-slideshows

Family Planning
www.familyplanning.org.nz/advice/contraception
Information on contraceptive choices.

The Immunisation Advisory Centre
www.immune.org.nz
IMAC provides New Zealanders with a local source of independent, factual information regarding vaccine-preventable disease and the benefits and risks of immunisation.

Active Birth – Janet Balaskas
www.ejournal.janetbalaskas.com/faces/signUp.xhtml

Yoga for pregnancy

www.youtube.com/watch?v=B87FpWtkIKA
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cKnStmV1dI

Baby Care and Breastfeeding

La Leche League
www.lalecheleague.org.nz
Local website of an international group set up in the 1950s to help woman successfully breastfeed their babies. The league is a mother-to-mother support system with monthly meetings to discuss different aspects of breastfeeding and parenting. The website has lots of breastfeeding information and also connects to the world site, which is even bigger!

You can also come along to your local branch meeting at Waterford Birth Centre held every third Thursday of the month.

KellyMom
www.kellymom.com
Evidence-based information on breastfeeding, sleep and parenting.

Global Health breastfeeding series
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjt-Ashodw8

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action
www.waba.org.my
Global breastfeeding news, research and articles.

World Health Organisation
www.who.int/topics/breastfeeding/en/
Infographics, statistics, articles, and research on breastfeeding worldwide.

Pregnancy Mental Health and Depression

Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Aotearoa
http://www.pada.nz/families/perinatal-conditions/

Postnatal Depression

Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/a-z/resource/26/postnatal-depression

Post Natal Depression – Getting the Support You Need (PDF download)
https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/assets/A-Z/Downloads/pn-mhf.pdf

Mother Helpers
https://www.mothershelpers.co.nz/

Health Navigator – Postpartum Depression
https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/health-a-z/d/depression-postnatal/

Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Aotearoa
http://www.pada.nz/

What other families are staying about their stay at Waterford Birth Centre:

“We absolutely love Waterford and its wonderful staff. Everyone is very friendly and helpful as well as sensitive to tired mums. Also loved giving birth in the birthing pool. All the rooms are lovely and spacious and feel nice and private.”

“I have felt very privileged and blessed to have stayed in such a beautiful facility with amazing staff. I have never felt like an inconvenience and everything I needed and required was met. My favourites here was definitely beautiful staff, wonderful food, my own bathroom, big sized room and having my husband stay.”

“The environment was really calming and friendly to recover in and establish breastfeeding. The staff were really helpful when I was struggling.”

“Beautiful atmosphere, nothing was ever an inconvenience. All staff were lovely and considerate. Even after my third child, I still learnt so much. I would recommend Waterford to any expecting mothers – it was a lovely experience.”

“Outstanding service – everyone greets you with a smile and are so friendly and polite. My two days gave me the opportunity to recover mentally and switch off from everyday life. Meals were delicious and portions huge. I never went hungry. Thank you so much everyone. The birth room is huge and calming as was the post labour room – just perfect. This birth has been my healing second birth and Waterford played a very big part in that (as well as my midwife).”

“Everyone we met during our stay were so lovely helpful & welcoming. They showed genuine interest in the care and well-being of myself and baby. Very polite with night checks, and made not only myself feel comfortable, but my partner too.”

“We felt really well supported, and loved having the staff midwives on call – they were all very helpful. The birthing room is very well equipped and has everything that I needed. Friendly staff, delicious food! Very sound proof rooms too.”

“I couldn’t fault anything even if I tried. The care that I received was amazing. In fact the care that I was given exceeded my expectations. I would recommend Waterford to every pregnant female. Thank you to all the staff/ midwives/ cleaners etc for making our stay amazing and comfortable. Couldn’t have asked for a better Birth Centre and team.”

“For a first time mum it’s always a nerve wracking thing coming out into the world with a tiny baby. The whole team went above and beyond and always made us feel confident and comfortable. Can’t rate the ladies enough!! We felt fully supported and comfortable. It was a great way to adjust to parenthood, with midwives able to assist as needed. The information books were great and we learnt a lot from the helpful staff. It has been a really great – the partner meals are genius.”

“Thank you so much Waterford. We left feeling so much more confident. Words cannot express how privileged we felt to have your service. The midwives were all so knowledgeable and respectful. We could not have done this without them.”

“Staff were fab, very helpful. Breastfeeding tips were very helpful and made the whole process that much easier. Rooms were a great size. We didn’t feel like we were tripping over each other, especially when we had visitors. Meals were lovely and exactly what my body craved!”

“Everybody was friendly and non-intrusive and when called upon were very courteous and professional. They were willing to provide practical assistance which was good. Special thanks to the midwives for their professionalism and warm-hearted care.”

“This time around it has been nothing but a positive experience. The environment is like a home and there is an instant feeling of relaxation and feeling safe and supported. I found all the staff helpful in a non-intrusive way. I never hesitated to call for help and help was prompt and professional. My stay here has honestly had such a positive impact on my mental and physical health and given me such a great start to life with our baby.”

“The care I received here was more that I expected. I felt comfortable and safe during my stay at Waterford. The staff were amazing and hard working. I believe this is the best-ever experience I had in giving birth in a place that is filled with people who are committed and concerned for the welfare of my baby and I. I rate Waterford 10/10. Many thanks for all your support.”