Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


The Sooner The Better If You’re Having a Baby

The Sooner The Better If You’re Having a Baby


Less pregnant women living in the Hauraki region register with a midwife as early as they should compared with the rest of the Waikato District Health Board region.

While an average of 67.3 per cent of pregnant women in the Waikato DHB region registers with a lead maternity carer in the first trimester of pregnancy, that number is just 52 per cent for Hauraki women.

“Improving rates of lead maternity carer registration in the first trimester is a local and national priority to improve the health of pregnant women and health outcomes for mothers and infants,” said Waikato DHB Women’s Health Quality and Safety project manager Ruth Galvin.

“In the Waikato, we are looking at a number of ways to improve early registration with a lead maternity carer, particularly in the Hauraki area, where registration rates are lower.
“We are working with local midwives and the community as well as primary care practices.”

Ms Galvin said that the benefits of registering with a lead maternity carer before the recommended 10 weeks gestation were significant.

Midwife Louise Rowden from Thames Birthing Unit says the sooner a woman registers with a lead maternity carer the better for theirs and their babies’ health.

“If pregnant women register with a lead maternity carer before they are 10 weeks’ pregnant, there is a greater opportunity to offer screening for abnormalities and maternal illness that can affect unborn babies.

“At-risk women (those with an older maternal age, obesity, maternal mental health problems, socioeconomic deprivation, long term health conditions such as diabetes etc.) can be picked up and treated earlier.

“Also the woman is more likely to get the lead maternity carer she wants and has longer to develop a relationship with that person.”

Early registration is one of a number of initiatives to improve maternity quality and safety as part of Waikato DHB’s Maternity and Quality Safety Programme.

As part of the programme, Waikato DHB now receives information from the Ministry of Health maternity data collection.

The data says that in 2012 there were 225 births to women living in the Hauraki territorial authority area.

“This equated to 92 women registering with a lead maternity carer in the second trimester and 14 women registering in the third trimester,” said Ms Galvin.

“Women less likely to register in the first trimester are very young women, Maori and Pacific women, women who are having a second or subsequent pregnancy, women who live in remote rural areas.”

Waikato District Health Board member Sally Christie, who visited Thames Birthing Unit as part of a board tour yesterday, urged Hauraki women to get themselves signed up with a lead maternity carer of their choice as early as possible.

“Early registration with a midwife is clinically very important and is linked to better health outcomes for new mothers and their babies and that’s what’s important at the end of the day.”

Women are encouraged to visit www.findyourmidwife.co.nz as soon as they find out they are pregnant, which lists local midwives and information about them, their availability and contact number.

Alternatively they can drop into reception at Thames Birthing Unit to pick up further information

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Inquiry Into One Case Of Dirty Politics

Suddenly, we’re awash in inquiries and reviews. (It feels almost as if the Greens won the last election.) Caught out by the damning inquiry by SIS Inspector-General Cheryl Gwyn, the government’s response yesterday was utterly in character – it released two other major reports at the same time to try and distract public attention...

Inquiries are supposed to re-assure the public. What these inquiry outcomes share in common is a government culture of zero responsibility. More>>

IGIS ON SIS:

 
 

Parliament Today:

Temporary Release Crackdown Continues: Corrections Review Of Phillip Smith Case

“The review by Corrections’ Chief Custodial Officer reveals that the plan for Smith’s series of temporary releases was overly ambitious and misinformed. He’s a highly manipulative and deceptive person who although technically eligible, should not have been considered for temporary release." More>>

ALSO:

White Ribbon Day: Govt Resumes Sexual Violence Trial Proceedings Work

Justice Minister Amy Adams has asked the Law Commission to resume work on proposals for better supporting victims of sexual violence through the criminal process. The Law Commission will revisit its previous work on alternative pre-trial and trial processes to identify options for improving complainants’ experience in court. More>>

ALSO:

"New Faces, Wise Heads": Andrew Little Announces New Labour Line Up

Labour Leader Andrew Little today announced a bold new caucus line up which brings forward new talent and draws on the party’s depth of experience. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Rick Ellis As Te Papa’s New CEO

The recent appointment of former TVNZ boss Rick Ellis to head Te Papa has copped a fair bit of criticism. Much of it has been inspired by the suspicion that Ellis has been hired to pursue the same purely commercial goals as he did at TVNZ, while similarly neglecting the serious cultural side of his mandate. More>>

Passport Cancellation, Surveillance: Draft 'Foreign Fighters Legislation' Released

The final draft of the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill contains proposals previously announced by Mr Key in a major national security speech earlier this month. More>>

ALSO:

Related

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014... More>>

ALSO:

Savings Targets: Health Procurement Plan Changes Direction

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

More on Health Policy:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news