The NSPCS welcome you to this page offering information and advice in response to the current COVID-19 situation.
Whether you are a health professional, midwife or a whānau member with a baby there will be information that may assist you. The P.E.P.E. message is especially relevant at this time and so we recommend you become familiar with it. There is both video and written content for you to view as you find time. We will keep this page current and relevant as we receive content from the Ministry of Health and the Maternal Health sector in the regions.
Some tabs have localised information and we will continue to build this for you.
Place Eliminate Position Encourage
Download: P.E.P.E. resources
COVID-19 and pregnancy
KidsHealth FAQ - COVID-19 and pregnancy
Message for pregnant women and their whānau during the COVID-19 pandemic
New Zealand women who are pregnant and their whānau need reassurance and information. Dr Michelle Wise shares advice on safe birth planning.
Your baby: Safe Sleep
National Safe Sleep Device Quality Specification Guidelines
The National Safe Sleep Device Quality Specification Guidelines focus on the SUDI key modifiable risk of bed sharing. They have been developed for District Health Boards, iwi and the wider social services sector to provide information to whānau on how to use safe sleep devices safely. As babies are vulnerable to SUDI until they are approximately 12 months old, the Quality Guidelines focus on safe sleeping practices throughout the first year of babies life. Safe sleep devices described include wahakura, pepi-pods®, baby boxes, bassinets, cots, cribs and portacots.
Download: SSD Guidelines
Practical advice for breastfeeding mums
- COVID-19 - Breastfeeding advice for pregnant women, or those who have recently given birth
- How to Express Breastmilk
- Attaching your baby at the breast
- Is your baby getting enough milk?
- Increasing your milk supply
- KidsHealth.org.nz - COVID-19 and breastfeeding
- Breastfeeding In COVID-19 Alert
There is also Plunket Line with trained Lactation Consultants 24hrs a day 0800 933 922 they can do ZOOM calls (so face to face consultations on the internet).
Local and Regional support
Breastfeeding support available in Hutt Valley during rāhui period - Download
CCDHB Community Breastfeeding support during Level 4 COVID-19 - Download
Breastfeeding Support Within Counties Manukau During COVID-19 - Download
Central - Accessing Safe Sleep Devices during COVID-19 - Download
Hawkes Bay Breastfeeding Support During COVID19 Level 4 - click here for contact information
Wellington Region Breastfeeding Support Services during Covid-19 Lockdown - click here for contact information
In MidCentral there are two options available for phone or video consults.
- This attachment is for the milk café in Palmerston North.
Facebook Name is: Milk Cafe - Te Papaioea Birthing Centre
- Also Community Birth Services are doing phone and virtual consults.
Community Birthing Services Facebook
Breastfeeding information from Wairarapa:
Breastfeeding Wairarapa Facebook
Ūkaipō Connecting With Our Pēpi - Facebook
Whakatipu te kākano - Facebook
Whānau Mai - Facebook
NZ College of Midwives: COVID-19: Information for Women - Website
Keep calm and keep vaccinating!
The New Zealand Ministry of Health (the Ministry) and the Immunisation Advisory Centre (IMAC) are offering the following guidance on maintaining the essential immunisation in the New Zealand National Immunisation Schedule (NIS) during the current Level 4 COVID-19 situation.
Check with your midwife, Lead Maternity Carer, or GP to find out if you are eligible for a District Health Board supplied wahakura or safe sleep device.
Ngā Whenu O Te Wahakura
The many strands of wahakura.
This living document is a collation of information which centralises how wahakura supports the hauora of whānau. It documents the different understandings of wahakura from the experiences of weavers and whānau. It seeks to acknowledge the fluidity of mātauranga Māori and the vast benefits of wahakura within the SUDI Prevention space and beyond.
Download: Ngā Whenu O Te Wahakura
Stop smoking support continues to be available across Aotearoa
This may be a good opportunity to have a quit attempt and if you are pregnant or have a pregnant partner it is one of the best things you can do.
Karakia for Stop Smoking
To be used when 'successfully NOT having a cigarette' OR 'when using a vape to replace a cigarette' OR 'when dying for a smoke and trying to avoid it.'
E te wheriko, e te tapu, e taku atua
Ōhākuratia taku hau
Oh resplendence, oh sacred restriction, oh atua of mine
Make my breath clean, safe and wonderful
Be in great peace
Nā Professor David Tipene-Leach
General SUDI Prevention
If you’re a new parent or you’re expecting a little one soon, it’s understandable if you are feeling more anxious than usual. Keep focusing on the positives. Head along to the HPA website or FB page for more tips and advice to help you through these times.
Social media post: Small Steps Facebook
Message to pregnant women
A message for pregnant women and their whānau during COVID-19 alert level 4.
SUDI Prevention Online training
The link provides seven training modules and takes approximately 45-60 minutes to complete. Please feel free to share the link with your colleagues.
The training covers the following topics:
- An introduction to SUDI prevention
- Connecting and engagement with whānau
- Consistent health messaging
- Accumulation of risk factors for SUDI
There is no cost associated with the training, you will just need to register online and complete the course via this link:Take course