Maternity Guidelines

​Introduction to CDHB Management Guidelines for Secondary / Tertiary Maternity and Newborn Care

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Maternity Guidelines

Newborn in Maternity Care Guideline


Maternity Guidelines

WCH No.​

Admission to Primary Birthing UnitGLM0044​
Analgesia Prescribing After Child Birth ​GLM0069
Antenatal Corticosteroid Therapy​GLM0065
Antenatal Ultrasound for Obstetric Indications: Recommended Scan Frequency ​GLM0006​
Antenatal Obstetric Ultrasound: Indications for Doppler ​GLM0059
Antepartum Haemorrhage​GLM0052
Anti D - Use of Rh(D) Immunoglobulin in Unsensitised Rhesus Negative Women​GLM0047​

Birth After Previous Caesarean Section


Bladder Care: Intrapartum and PostnatalGLM0038​​
Breech BirthGLM0048​
Caesarean Section: Antibiotic ProphylaxisGLM0050​​
Caesarean Section Assisted Deliveries in TheatreGLM0040​​
Cervical Insufficiency​GLM0055

Cholestasis - Obstetric                     


Cord Prolapse


​Screening, Diagnosis and Management of Gestational Diabetes in New Zealand: A Clinical Practice Guideline​Ministry of Health
Diabetes - Gestational updated Feb 2020


Diabetes - Type 1 updated Feb 2020


Diabetes - Type 2 updated Feb 2020


Diabetic Ketoacidosis Management in Pregnancy​GLM0061
Insulin Infusion following Betamethasone Injections for Women with Diabetes in Pregnancy (C260117)​Ref.6466
Dural Puncture AccidentalGLM0008​
Epidural Analgesia in Labour


External Cephalic Version


Fetal Heart Monitoring 

Fetal Movements​GLM0045
Group-B Streptococcus - Management and Prophylactic Antibiotics in LabourGLM0032

Herpes in pregnancy

17th ed. 2017​

Histological Examination of the PlacentaGLM0031​

HIV Infected Women During Pregnancy and Childbirth 


Hypoglycaemia of the Newborn​GLM0056
Induction of Labour


In-Utero Transfer Between HospitalsRef.7208​
Obstetric Intravenous Iron Infusion​Ref.233597

Magnesium Sulphate for Neuroprotection in Preterm-Births

Management of Suspected Small for Gestational Age Singleton Pregnancies After 34 Weeks Gestation​NZ Maternal Fetal Medicine Network
MBOP: Maternal Blood Optimisation Pathways  updated Apr 2020​Ref.2404751
MBOP: Recommended Oral Iron Preparations​Ref.2311353
Maternal Mental Health Referral Pathway in Canterbury (CDHB)​Ref.6428

Newborn Screening Guidelines

NSU website​
Notifiable Diseases​HealthPathways
Observation of Mother and Baby in the Immediate Postnatal Period: Consensus Statements Guiding PracticeRef.6537​
Opioid Use in Labour​GLM0053
Periviability Consensus Statement ​Starship
Placenta Praevia and Placenta Accreta



Postpartum Haemorrhage 




Pre-Labour Rupture of Membranes at Term 


Preterm Labour/Birth


Preterm Pre-Labour Rupture of M​embranes 

Progress in Labour​GLM0062
Puerperal Sepsis​GLG0017
Referral/Transfer to Christchurch Women's Hospital from West Coast​GLM0063

Registrar Supervision


Maternity ReferralsHealthPathways
Remifentanil Patient Controlled Analgesia for LabourGLM0042​
Sexually Transmitted Infection Guidelines​Just the Facts website

Shoulder Dystocia


Swab and Instrument Counting Outside Theatre in the Maternity Setting ​GLM0068
Tears: Third and Fourth Degree updated Feb 2020​GLM0036
Treating adults who decline blood products (including Jehovah's Witnesses)Red book​
Twin Pregnancy and Birth​GLM0064
Venous Thromboembolism VTE in Postpartum​GLM0046/A

Water for Birth and Labour


Zika Virus - Interim Guidance Information for LMC's, GP's and Other Health Professionals​Feb 2016


  NZ Resuscitation Guidelines




Newborn in Maternity Care Guideline

WCH No.​

Hypoglycaemia of the Newborn​GLM0056
Care of Infants Requiring PhototherapyPPN48
Neonatal Clinical Resource ​Ref.237435
Newborn Screening GuidelinesNSU Website​
LMC/Paediatrician Referral to UNHSEIP for Hearing Surveillance for Babies​PPNHS14 (Ref.238916)
Periviability Consensus Statement ​Starship
Risk Factors for Hearing Loss Requiring SurveillanceRef.​234842
Observation of Mother and Baby in the Immediate Postnatal Period: Consensus Statements Guiding PracticeRef.6537​
Transcutaneous Bilirubin (TcB) Measurements in Maternity ​GLM0058
Umbilical Cord Clamping GLM0049​


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Page last reviewed: 02 April 2020