All meals will be provided for you and your baby. Dinners are delivered from the hospital kitchen. Ingredients for breakfast and lunch are provided, and you can use the kitchen to prepare additional meals. You may wish to bring your own snacks.
Mothercraft provides 24-hour care Monday to Friday live-in residential assistance and education for parents in a home-like, supportive environment. The service is for primary caregivers and babies.
Mothercraft caters for infants up to one who are not fully mobile and one parent/caregiver. Mothercraft is staffed by registered and enrolled nurses who are supported by dedicated medical staff, social workers and other allied health professionals including dietitians, lactation (breastfeeding) consultants, perinatal maternal mental health and home care nurses.
Phone: 07 839 8899 ext 96550
Where possible you and the baby will be admitted on a Monday before midday. This gives the benefit of staying for five days in the unit.
- Please have all your baby’s immunisations up-to-date by the time you are admitted.
- Please complete the forms you have been sent and bring them with you.
If you have not received the forms, print and complete the ones below:
If you or the baby are ill at the time of admission, or become ill while you are at Mothercraft, it may be necessary to discharge you and organise a readmission when you are well.
Reasons for referral may include assistance with feeding and sleep management of babies, issues such as wakeful crying babies, very unsettled/irritable, infant colic, poor weight gain and reflux; and for the parent/caregiver issues such as exhaustion, post-natal depression and anxiety.
Families from the Waikato DHB region can be referred by either a general practitioner (GP), Paediatrician, Plunket nurse/Well Child health nurse, Midwife, Maternal Mental Health, or a support agency involved in their care.
Mothercraft also takes clients from the Midland Health, for which a Paediatrician or DHB Mental Health referral is required.
All referrals go through the Regional Referral Centre at Waikato DHB. The mother/caregiver’s and baby's details are required. There is a time delay of approximately 3-5 days before the referral is received in Mothercraft. The referral is then triaged.