Antenatal classes based on kaupapa Māori practices and principles are being offered to pregnant women and their whānau across Nelson and Marlborough.

In a South Island first, the hapu wananga programme draws on traditional Māori childbirth practices, pregnancy, child birth and parenting. It is open to pregnant women and their wider whānau.

Nelson Marlborough Health Māori health and vulnerable populations kaiwhakahaere kaupapa (portfolio manager) Felicity Spencer said it was the first workshop of its kind for expectant mums. 

"It is an exciting time in people's lives and I don't think we celebrate that enough."

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