Information for hapū māmā, unborn pēpi and
newborn pēpi. Being hapū, even if not the first time, will be challenging during Alert Level 1.

We still don’t fully understand the risks of COVID-19 to hapū māmā, unborn pēpi and newborn pēpi. 
Most hapū māmā who catch COVID-19 will have mild symptoms. However, it's important that we do everything to keep hapū māmā safe during this time. 

There are less restrictions during Alert-Level 1 so it's even more important that you and your whānau continue to follow the basic advice for general hygiene. 

General information is available here.

General advice for hapū māmā:

Alert Level 1 means that you are free to leave your whare and resume as normal life as possible. You can return to mahi if you want or need to. You can also increase the number of whānau and friends you see and socialise with.  

We recommend that you try to limit contact with others that you don't know as much as possible.​

When you leave your whare, you should:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, before leaving your whare

  • While out, stay at least 2 metres away from others

  • Avoid touching surfaces and then your face

  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser while you are out and wash your hands again when you get home. 

When at home, you should also continue to clean regularly touched surfaces like benches, door handles and light switches. 

Advice on how to stay well is available here.


Information about Maternity Care during COVID-19 (Alert-Level 1) is available here.

Information about Diabetes in Pregnancy is available here.


Information about labour, birthing and caring for your newborn pēpi is available here

Free flu vaccinations are now available to all hapu māmā. A flu vaccination won’t protect you from COVID-19 but it will help to keep you healthy during winter. More information about flu vaccinations is available here.

Whooping cough vaccine

  • Whooping cough vaccination (Boostrix) from 16 weeks is recommended to protect your pēpē from this serious illness

  • Discuss with your GP clinic or midwife safe ways to get your vaccinations.