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Overview of Whaanau Aawhina - Plunket - Waikato

We offer whaanau-led care that achieve outcomes focused on empowering whanau and communities to engage in services they feel comfortable with, supporting them to make positive decisions in their health and well-being of peepi, maamaa and their whanau.

Kaitiaki Kaitiaki are health workers who specifically support wahine during their pregnancy. Kaitiaki will help you find a midwife, connect you with other local services, support you at midwife visits, meet you for your doctor, scan and blood test visits and provide smoking cessation if needed. A kaitiaki brings tikanga, te reo and matauranga Maaori to this service.

Whirihia Te Korowai Aroha Wananga Whirihia is a one day antenatal education programme that covers female anatomy, stages of labour, medical intervention and procedures. It is facilitated by qualified educators that provide a nurturing and practical space for learning. This wananga is open to all whaanau who will be supporting the hapu mama during the labour and birth process.

Whai wananga Whai wananga are facilitated by kaiaawhina and are provided after your antenatal education Whirihia. These smaller wananga are a space to create the hands on, practical components while you are hapu. You will make Ipu whenua (clay pot for your placenta), Kawakawa rongoa (natural organic balm and baby massage), Muka tie (traditional umbilical tie made from harakeke), Safe sleep discussions and gifted a wahakura, make Rewana bread, and so much more.

Kaiaawhina Plunket Kaiaawhina are qualified community Maori health workers. They work with whanau who have tamariki up to five years of age and use health promotion, health education, health protection and Matauranga Maaori in their work. They are able to visit you at your home or in community clinics.

Whanau Awhina Plunket Nurses Our registered nurses provide clinical support to all mothers who register in the service. They will monitor your maternal mental health, connect you to your community, ensure your new baby is achieving milestones and that their growth and development is on track. Plunket nurses are specialist health professionals who support whānau with aroha and kindness. They will visit you in your home or in one of our community clinics.


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