Choosing Your Midwife
Not sure how to decide which
midwife is right for you and
The Find your Midwife website, was created by the New Zealand College of Midwives to help women to find a midwife they can work with best. You can read their profile, contact them and also get an idea on their availability. All midwife members are able to list their details on this website. Midwives are required to maintain an annual practicing certificate with the Midwifery Council of New Zealand. You can check a midwife’s practising certificate by looking at the Register of Midwives on the Midwifery Council of New Zealand website.
Have you considered having a student midwife at your birth?
Having a student midwife at your birth is a wonderful opportunity for them as future midwives, as well as for you and your whanau. It is great to have an extra pair of hands helping out with your birth, student midwives can do everything from supporting your midwife, to bringing a cuppa and the hot cloths. It is so important that our future midwives get to witness and actively participate in home birth. Having a student midwife at your birth may be the single most powerful thing you can do to normalise birthing at home.
Heather was so capable and kind and having an extra pair of hands was invaluable
My incredible student midwife Sam used our ring sling to lift and hold my bump during contractions. Helping out pēpi to find his pathway down. Must’ve absolutely killed her back, but she did the mahi without a whisper of a complaint. She was invaluable and an immense source of comfort and knowledge for my whanau. Ngā mihi nui, Sam!
Our student midwife has such a beautiful soul, she shared in the most amazing moment of my life and she was there for me through some really hard times postnatally. – Erica