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Maternity support services

We provide additional support to expectant mothers who are Māori or Pasifika, under 22 years old and live in South Auckland. Find out more about our Best Start to Life programme below. 

Best Start to Life

We know that pregnancy and early parenthood can be a struggle for young women. We can help you by setting you up with one person who can coordinate the healthcare and wellbeing support you need during and after your pregnancy. Best Start to Life is an innovative project offering support from the time you test positive for pregnancy through to the early years of your child’s development.

As well as access to health services, your maternity coordinator can also help you access assistance you may need from social support services.

We also provide support with the following:

  • Booking a scan appointment
  • Finding a LMC or hospital midwife
  • Having a smoke-free and alcohol-free pregnancy
  • Parenting classes
  • Emotional health issues
  • Engaging with a social worker
  • Well-child checks 
  • Enrolling your baby with Plunket

Practical support from your maternity coordinator includes liaising with WINZ and Housing NZ on your behalf. We also work with agencies providing free services such as Pepi pods, car seats and health home checks.

Get in touch 

If you think you are eligible for Best start of life programme, please complete and submit this form.

If you are a maternity services provider and would like to register your services with our network, please click here.