With Whom to birth

Birth in New Zealand.


Uniquely New Zealand.

In New Zealand women can choose to have the same midwife, or doctor care for them from early pregnancy through birth and up to six weeks afterwards as part of the country’s maternity services. These practitioners are the woman’s ‘LMC’ or Lead Maternity Carer with whom she contracts to access all funded supports such as pharmacy, pathology, radiology and, or hospital services as needed, in  accordance with national guidelines. Maternity care has been free for all New Zealand women since 1938. The legislative support for women’s choice of a midwife was included in 1990, following a long campaign by women and midwives led by Joan Donley. Continue reading

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All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward. — Ellen Glasgow
Birth is not only about making babies. Birth is about making mothers – strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and know their inner strength. — Barbara Katz-Rothman
The greatest joy is to become a mother; the second greatest is to be a midwife. — Norwegian proverb
Nothing in life is to be feared it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so we can fear less. — Marie Curie
A loving heart is the truest wisdom. — Charles Dickens
No other natural bodily function is painful and childbirth should not be an exception. — Grantly Dick-Read
Trust children. Nothing could be more simple, or more difficult. Difficult because to trust children we must first learn to trust ourselves and most of us were taught as children we could not be trusted. — John Holt
We need to have their hearts before we can open their minds. — Dr Gordon Neufeld
Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. — Frank Zappa
I can promise you that women working together - linked, informed and educated - can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken planet. — Isabel Allende