Information on maternity care while you are pregnant and following the birth of your baby with COVID-19 in the community.
Last updated: 14 September 2022
On this page:
- Breastfeeding advice for women who have a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19
- COVID-19: Parents
- Pregnancy and the flu jab
If you are pregnant or caring for a newborn baby while New Zealand has COVID-19 in the community you may be a bit stressed or anxious.
If you’re up-to-date with vaccinations, and you get COVID-19, you’re more likely to have a mild or moderate symptoms. If you’re pregnant (hapū), vaccinations will keep baby (pēpi) safe too.
Before any visit with your midwife, you will be expected to confirm that you are well. If you are unwell, a household contact of a COVID-19 case, or a confirmed case of COVID-19 your midwife or midwifery service will arrange a way to provide you with services.
If there is a risk of COVID-19 your visit may be postponed or take place via a phone or video call. If the visit is urgent it will still take place, but your midwife will ask you and others with you to wear a medical face mask. Your midwife will also wear personal protective equipment.
Maternity care will always be available to all those who need it.
Follow this guidance to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 and you could take extra precautions if you are at higher risk.
Protection with COVID-19 vaccination
If you’re pregnant, you can get a COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) at any stage of your pregnancy.
The vaccine protects you as you’re far less likely to fall seriously ill. It also protects your pēpi as there is evidence that babies can get antibodies through the placenta that help protect them from COVID-19.
View this video about pregnancy and the COVID-19 vaccination:
Being vaccinated also means you’re less likely to transmit the virus to others. It helps protect tamariki in your family who are too young to be vaccinated, and older whanāu members (such as grandparents) you’re spending time with.
Get advice on the COVID-19 vaccine if you're pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying for a baby: Pregnancy and breastfeeding – vaccine advice.
It is recommended that pregnant people receive a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine to help protect them and their baby against the effects of COVID-19. The booster vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy.
If you are 18 or over, you can get your Pfizer booster at least 3 months after your primary course (for most people, this is 2 doses). If you are 16 or 17, you can get a Pfizer booster at least 6 months after completing your primary course.
You can also discuss the timing of your booster with your midwife, obstetrician or doctor.
If a second booster is recommended for you, this is due at least 6 months after your previous dose.
Your pregnancy care with COVID-19
If you have COVID-19, your pregnancy care from your midwife may be via telehealth, if it is deemed safe to do so. View this video about pregnancy if you have COVID-19.
If you develop COVID-19 symptoms
Read more: Testing for COVID-19
If you get COVID-19
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and recorded your result, you'll receive a text message from the official 2328 or 2648 number.
This text will include a link to a data free online form that you will need to fill out. This form will provide information to your health team about any health needs you may have, such as if you are pregnant or have diabetes. It’s important the health questions in the self-assessment form are filled out. If you can't use the online form or would prefer not to, you can call 800 555 278 for assistance to complete the form.
Let your midwife (or GP/obstetrician LMC) know you have COVID-19.
You will receive the support you need through the Care in the Community program. Your health and wellbeing is of paramount importance and clinical support will remain available to you. Read more: Advice for people with COVID-19.
If you are a household contact
If you live with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (a case) then you are likely to hear from them that you are a Household Contact and you need to follow the advice found here: Information for Household and Close Contacts.
If you are a Household Contact please inform your midwife (or GP/obstetrician Lead Maternity Carer). Rescheduling of visits will only happen if your midwife assesses that your maternity care can safely be deferred. If you do need a visit from your midwife, you will need to wear a medical face mask, your midwife will provide you with this. Your midwife will also wear personal protective equipment.
You should follow appropriate mask wearing advice when out in the community. View information on the use of masks in the community.
It is important to take care of yourself and that means taking care of your mental health as well as your physical health. See Mental health and wellbeing resources and COVID-19 support for whānau, wāhine hapu and new māmā at Depression.org.nz.