Pregnancy, Childbirth and Newborn Information

​​​​​​A range of information is available on pregnancy and parenting at the following websites.
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​​Pregnancy and Parenting Education Classes​

Canterbury DHB provides a variety of free Pregnancy and Parenting Education Classes for new parents at a range of locations and days of the week. There are also specific Young Parent classes for those under 23 years of age (within Christchurch).

We recommend booking before 20 weeks so you are able attend the class of your choice. Your birthing partner/support person is welcome to attend with you.

Class locations and booking details

​Classes are currently being offered in: 

  • ​​ Ashburton

  • Christchurch: including Young Parent classes for those 23 years and under

  • Darfield

  • Lincoln

  • Rangiora

  • Kaikoura​

For further details and to book a place please contact;

Plunket              Email:

                          Phone: 0800 291 658

                          Phone or Text: 027 275 8477

                          Plunket webpage:



On the HealthInfo website you can find information such as how to find and select your midwife, learning what midwives do, and how to eat healthily throughout your pregnancy.

HealthInfo is a health information website, brought to you by the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB). The information on HealthInfo has been written and approved by local doctors, practice nurses, hospital clinicians, and other healthcare professionals.

This website has a variety of health information, ranging from factsheets on different topics and descriptions of Canterbury health services and supports, through to links to recommended websites for further reading and research.

Find out more at HealthInfo - Pregnancy and Childbirth Section

Kimihia Parents College

kimihia-college-220px.jpgKimihia Parents' College is a Teen Parent Unit set up to provide a learning environment for pregnant teenagers or teenagers aged 19 and under who are parents. Students' children can be cared for next door to our school in a purpose-built Early Learning Centre, though students are able to attend our school whose children are cared for by whanau, family or in other Early Learning Centres. Students are offered transport to and from school in vans with car-seats provided for babies and children.​ Visit the Kimihia Parents College website for more information.

Mothers Matter

​The Mothers Matter website provides information for women, their partners and families / whānau on postnatal depression and related conditions

Local support services available in NZ

NZ based information and treatments 

Find out more on the Mothers Matter Maternal mental health website.​

Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health's health education website provides information on women's health, pregnancy and newborn screening.

This information is available in a number of languages and can be printed in a range of different formats. Find out more on the MOH website Ministry of Health– Pregnancy and Newborn ​​

Maternity Services Consumer Council

The Maternity Services Consumer Council website provides information and resources on maternity services in New Zealand and has links to a number of other websites. Find out more at teh Maternity Services Consumer Council website.


NZ College of Midwives

This section of the New Zealand College of Midwives website is designed specifically for women. Here you can find out about the maternity service in New Zealand and the care you can expect to receive from your LMC midwife. Find out more at the NZ College of Midwives website.

Parents Centre NZ

Christchurch Parents Centre is a volunteer organisation run by parents for parents. They are part of a national organisation and are one of over 50 centres nationwide. They have been supporting parents in our community for over 50 years. Find out more at the Parents Centre NZ website.


In many Pacific cultures pregnancy is believed to be a blessing or a gift from God, or 'Tapuaki' as referred to in the Tongan culture.

Browse the Tapuaki website and you will find information about pregnancy and parenting in English and Pacific languates.

Furthermore, learn about what you, your partner and/or family can do to ensure you and your baby are healthy, find links to different services and resources and read stories written by other parents about their experiences in Tala (story) Tapuaki. Find out more at Tapuaki - Pacific Pregnancy and Parenting Education


Plunket is  New Zealand's largest provider of support services for the development, health and wellbeing of children under 5 years. Plunket works together with families and communities, to ensure the best start for every child.​ For more information visit the Plunket​ website.


The Department of Internal Affairs have launched a "one stop shop" for step-by-step information to help to be parents and babies get off to the best start.  Smartstart provides users with integrated information about services provided by a range of agencies and non government agencies (NGOs).  Parents can register their baby, get an IRD number for their child, adjust their Ministry of Social Development benefits and update their Working for Families application all in one place.  Find out more at Smartstart

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Page last reviewed: 11 April 2018