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Maternity care while dependant is a patient at Starship

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Most pregnant women in New Zealand are entitled to maternity care. The eligibility can be verified from:

Maternity care referral flowchart

If a pregnant woman presents with her child to Starship, the child's clinician should check to make sure she is receiving maternity care. If she has a lead maternity carer (LMC) able to provide care within the Auckland region and no acute concerns, she should continue to receive care and advice from her current LMC.

If she does not have an LMC available to provide care while in the Auckland region and no concerns are identified, an LMC from the ADHB can be organised by contacting the Maternity Walk-in Centre (phone ext 27549). The Community Midwifery LMC Referral Form needs to be completed by the pregnant woman. This form is then either faxed to (09) 6311475 or emailed to A Community Midwife will then contact the pregnant woman directly.

If the pregnant woman has a concern and is either unable to contact her LMC or does not have a maternity care provider, the first point of contact is the Labour and Birthing Unit on level 9, Auckland City Hospital (phone (09) 307 2888 for advice, 24 hours a day). The Auckland DHB maternity service will provide care for the woman as required.

In case of an acute concern in pregnancy, call (09) 307 2888 for advice.

In case of an acute concern in the postnatal period (less than 6 weeks after birth), call Tamaki Ward on ext 25630.

If a new-born baby is transferred to Starship and the mother is transferred with the child, maternity care should ALWAYS be organised for the mother. This can be done by:

  • Contacting the LMC (if in Auckland region and able to travel), or
  • The ADHB Community Midwifery LMC Referral form must be completed and signed by the mother or next of kin to be faxed to the Community Midwives Office on 09 630 9865. An accompanying voice message must also be left for the Community midwives on 09 630 9943 ext 28258. Messages are picked up 7 days a week.

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  • Date first published: 14 November 2018
  • Date last published: 14 November 2018
  • Document type: Clinical Guideline
  • Owner: Lisa Mackey
  • Editor: Greg Williams
  • Review frequency: 2 years

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