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Induction of labour (IOL) at Waikato Hospital

An induction of labour (IOL) is a process to start labour artificially, rather than waiting for it to start naturally on its own.

Induction may be recommended for:

women who are overdue (more than 41 weeks)
growth issues with your baby
diabetes in pregnancy
other conditions that may affect you or your baby’s health.
Generally, induction is planned in advance during an appointment at the antenatal clinic. A date and time will be discussed for you...

Kidney donation

... region identify as Māori.

Live donation is however less common. This is not simply because fewer people come forward; it is because many potential donors have health issues of their own.

We need all hapu, iwi, and whānau to start the kōrero and consider if you have two healthy kidneys, could you GIVE ONE and GIFT LIFE with a live kidney donation?

If you are interested in donating a kidney a renal physician will explain the procedure and the risks of the su...

No smoking or vaping

... gum). 

We can also refer you to quit smoking organisations. 

Did you know that smoking can slow down your healing? Being in hospital with access to recommended clean nicotine products and smokefree support may be a good time to start quitting altogether.

Click here if you want to go smokefree Once And For All

Vaping is not permittedWhile vaping can help smokers to stop smoking and carries less risk than smoking cigarettes, it is not risk free....

Treating obstructive sleep apnoea with CPAP

... device. Modern masks are made from silicone, modern plastics and fabrics designed to be lightweight, durable and comfortable to wear. Getting used to your CPAP can take time, and our Sleep Clinic service offers ongoing care to all CPAP users - when you start using CPAP and also on a longterm basis.

Many people using CPAP experience significant relief of symptoms and increased quality of life, and can do so without the use of medications or invasive medical procedures.

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Treating obstructive sleep apnoea and CPAP

... are made from silicone, modern plastics and fabrics and are designed to be lightweight, durable and comfortable to wear.

Getting used to your CPAP can take time, and our Sleep Clinic service offers ongoing care to all CPAP users - when you start using CPAP and also on a longterm basis.

Many people using CPAP experience significant relief of symptoms and increase in quality of life, and enjoy the fact they are being treated without the use of medications or invasive med...

Getting a good sleep - tips for a healthy sleep routine

... great, but earlier in the day or evening, not within 4 hours of bedtime.
Drink fluid to keep hydrated, but not too much just before bedtime if it means you will wake up for the bathroom repeatedly.
Don't take your worries to bed, or start worrying about something if you wake up. Write your worries down and put them somewhere safe to look at when you are wide awake. Do something purposeful but boring for a while before you return to bed. 
Treat yourself to relaxing things...

Preceptorship

... applications may be accepted.  

Applications will be processed by Nicola, and the applicant and their manager will be notified if there is no availability on the course.

An email is then sent to the applicant 4 weeks prior to start date requesting them to complete the online registration form for Wintec.

All course work will be accessed via an online module.

The Professional Development Unit (PDU) will fund the course for DHB employees and DHB...

Women with experience of mental illness

... and where the best care for you would happen.
Once you are pregnant, it is important to find a midwife as early as possible in your pregnancy who you are relaxed and comfortable with, so you can discuss your mental health with her right from the start.
Your midwife will work with your mental health team to provide the best care for you.
Waikato DHB has a specialist Perinatal Mental Health Team. Involving this team in your care may be helpful, either with hands on support and f...

Healthy weight gain during pregnancy

... changes in your body. It’s normal to gain weight during pregnancy due to the growth of the baby, the placenta and fluid around the baby.

Gaining the right amount of weight is important, particularly if you were underweight or obese at the start of your pregnancy. The Ministry of Health has information and recommendations about healthy weight gain during pregnancy, including a BMI tool to help you find your recommended weight gain during pregnancy.

You can expect to e...

Pre-eclampsia warning signs

... your midwife to identify any issues early.
For more information about pre-eclampsia visit the pregnancy complications page on the Waikato DHB website.

The six major warning signs of pre-eclampsiaIf you are past 20 weeks pregnancy and start having even one of these warning signs, contact your midwife as soon as possible – do not wait until the following day. She will arrange for you to be checked out.

Upper abdominal pain.
Feeling unwell, nauseous or throwi...