New Zealand midwives work in a partnership model of care with women. In this model each woman and her midwife are partners, working together to ensure that the woman has care that best meets her individual needs.
The woman and the midwife get to know each other well over the whole maternity experience, building a relationship of trust with each other, sharing information and decision-making and recognising the active role that both play in the woman’s maternity care. Midwives’ care is founded on respect for normal pregnancy and birth as healthy processes and profound events in a woman’s life and that of her family.
Early pregnancy care improves outcomes so if you think or know you are pregnant, please get in touch. We will provide you with:
Free pregnancy tests
Support and up to date, evidence based, advice and care throughout your pregnancy
Antenatal screening including blood tests and scans
Where indicated, consultation and care with obstetricians and other specialists
Eligibility for free maternity care
In New Zealand maternity care is free to permanent residents, citizens, holders of 2 year work visas and pregnant partners of any of the above.
For further information on eligibility please go to the this link.
Labour and Birth Care
Midwives are the primary caregiver for women during labour; providing care that facilitates the natural process of labour whenever possible. Labour support and care are enhanced by the benefits of a relationship established during pregnancy.
Your midwife will provide you with one-to-one support and care during your labour and birth.
All postnatal care takes place in your home. We will visit often in the first few weeks to ensure you and your baby are doing well. We actively support breastfeeding but this can sometimes be quite challenging, however, with our support we can help you find the best way for you both.
Guidelines for Consultation with Obstetric and Related Medical Services (Referral Guidelines)
While the majority of women are well throughout their pregnancy, there are times when specialised obstetric input is required. We worked collegially with public and private obstetricians to ensure you and your baby receive appropriate care.
These guidelines provide Lead Maternity Carers (LMCs) with a list of conditions and criteria about referring pregnant women for consultations with other clinicians, transferring clinical responsibility for care to specialists as well as transferring care in emergencies.