COVID-19 Protection Framework
With the new setting announced by the government, as of Friday 3rd December 2021, our Birthing Centres are now operating under the guidelines of the COVID-19 Protection Framework, more commonly known as the ‘Traffic Light Settings’. These settings determine the level of restrictions applied within our services, depending on whether the region is operating at the Red, Orange or Green setting.
As per the recent vaccination mandate for the health sector, all staff at our Birthing Centres are vaccinated (has at least had their first vaccination) and will need to fulfil the requirements of the mandate by becoming fully vaccinated by the 1st January 2022.
IMPORTANT: Please note there are no Vaccine Pass requirements for pregnant/birthing women or their nominated support person. All other visitors will need to provide their vaccine passport to gain access to our centres, from 15 December 2021. Mask wearing will remain mandatory in all common areas.
Below are our existing restrictions. These will be updated to reflect the Traffic Light System by Friday 10th December.
Nga Hau Mangere Birthing Centre - Red
Nga Hau Mangere Birthing Centre is registered as an essential service. This means we are open.
To protect those at the centre, including mothers, babies and our teams, we have put the following measures in place.
- No one who feels unwell or is experiencing symptoms of cold or flu will be given access to the centre.
- One screened support person may accompany a woman to her antenatal appointment, but still wating in their cars until the LMC indicates that she is ready.
- There will still be one support person for the labour & birth and the postnatal stay BUT that person can be swapped out once during the woman’s stay if they have also been appropriately screened.
- Vigorous hand hygiene is essential
- Food may be dropped off to the centre, but we will still continue to provide meals for the support person if required.
The team at Nga Hau Birthing Centre sincerely apologises for any stress this causes.
However the safety of mothers, their newborns and our team is paramount during these very difficult times for all.
Kia Kaha! Fa’a Malosi! We will beat this if we all work together.
Bethlehem Birthing Centre - Orange
- Labouring women can choose 1 support people for labour and birth and that person can stay for the entire PN stay but must stay within their room as much as possible
- No persons under the age of 16 (unless they are the birthing couple)
- Visitors are not currently not allowed (this does not include the nominated support person)
- Milk café and PN support groups remain suspended
- Everyone including LMCs will be screened and temperature checked
- Any person with a temp of greater than 37.6 will be kindly asked to leave
- Face to face counselling will recommence with mask and social distancing
- Antenatal classes will continue via zoom
- Postnatal transfers of screened women will be accepted if bed state allows
- A mask is required if closer than two metres of anyone else.
- Frequent and meticulous hand hygiene and cleaning of equipment
- PPE is no longer required other than mask and gloves
- Tours remain suspended