From birth to 6 weeks of age, your midwife will visit regularly to make sure you and baby are both healthy and well.
These visits are to provide you with the help and support that you need. The midwife will also check on your baby’s development and arrange for extra support if this is needed.
When baby is around 6 weeks old, you are returned to the care of your family doctor and practice nurse. Your midwife will transfer your notes to the doctor.
Your baby’s care will be transferred to a Well Child Tamariki Ora nurse at around 6 weeks. They will get free regular health checks from the nurse up to 5 years of age. You will also need to enrol your baby with a general practice.
To find out about enrolling your baby with a general practice visit the Your child's doctor and practice nurse page.
The health visits
Click on the links below to find out what happens at the checks from birth to 6 weeks of age, and visit The first Well Child Tamariki Ora visit to find out about the 6-week Well Child visit.