It is a one-storeyed building located near Waikato Hospital and has access to all hospital facilities and support services.
Mothercraft caters for infants up to one year and one parent/caregiver. While most of this information may seem to be directed at mothers, anyone who is the primary caregiver can be admitted with the child.
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, and home care nurses.
End of Ryburn Lane, Waiora Waikato Hospital Campus, Pembroke Street, Hamilton
(07) 839 8899 ext 96550
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 region i.e. the areas covered by Bay of Plenty, Lakes, Taranaki and Tairawhiti DHBs. For referrals from the Midlands region, 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 needed.
Reasons for referral may include assistance with feeding and sleep management of babies, issues such as wakeful crying babies, infant colic, poor weight gain and reflux; and for the parent/caregiver issues such as exhaustion, post-natal depression and anxiety.
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:
In Mothercraft you will receive individual care aimed at meeting the needs of you and your baby, and we will develop a care plan with you.
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 you are well.
You will have your own room with a single bed and a cot/bassinette for your baby. There is a shared modern kitchen and lounge/dining room.
All meals will be provided for you and the baby. Dinners are delivered from the hospital kitchen. Ingredients for breakfast and lunch are provided, and you can use the kitchen to prepare what you want. You may wish to bring your own snacks.
We have an automatic washer and dryer available.
These are available, and we have many informative DVDs on parenting.
The hospital campus is totally smokefree, inside buildings and outside. We can provide assistance to be smokefree while you are here. We are happy to discuss smoking cessation with you at any time.