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Pregnancy & childbirth

COVID-19 during pregnancy

Women are more at risk of serious illness with COVID-19 during pregnancy and for up to six weeks after giving birth.

Getting the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination has been shown to be safe in pregnancy and is an important part of keeping you and your pēpi (baby) safe. You should also follow all advice about mask wearing, physical distancing and regular hand washing.

The Ministry of Health has detailed advice about pregnancy care at different alert levels.

Breastfeeding is safe and the best option even if you have COVID-19 as it can provide protection for your pēpi.

See COVID-19 and pregnancy for more information.

If you're pregnant and have COVID-19, see this detailed advice.

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Lead maternity carers


Planning a pregnancy

Healthy pregnancy

Health conditions in pregnancy

Giving birth

After childbirth

Pregnancy loss

Premature birth

Pregnancy & parenting education (antenatal classes)

Social work services for women's health

Abortion (termination of pregnancy)

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