Representing New Zealand’s Midwives

We provide and promote quality standards for New Zealand Midwives. Our role is a midwifery voice for midwives and women.

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Welcome to the official site of Te Kāreti o ngā Kaiwhakawhānau ki Aotearoa | New Zealand College of Midwives, the professional organisation for midwives.

The College is governed by a National Board comprising a number of nominated and elected representatives from throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. Representatives include rural midwives, urban midwives, educators, students, consumers, Māori midwives and birthing women.

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Latest News & Events

  • Media Release: 5 May – International Day of the Midwife

    4th May, 2023

    Media Release 5 May: International Day of the Midwife Hail the Heroines! May 5th is International Day of the Midwife (IDM) and this year the College of Midwives is turning the spotlight on the thousands…

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  • Meras media release 24 April 2023

    24th April, 2023

    “A sad day.”

    That’s how Jill Ovens, the co-leader of MERAS (the Midwives’ union) is describing the news today that St George’s Hospital maternity service is closing.

    The maternity contract between St George’s and Te Whatu Ora will not be renewed at the end of June.

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Our services

As a member of the College you have the opportunity to contribute to all the representations the College makes to government, health organisations, consumer groups and the public.

The College encourages and values individual member input very highly. You can also take an active role in supporting your local and regional midwifery community including joining with consumers and their organisations to support initiatives that enhance the lives of mothers and babies.

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The Find your Midwife website, created by the New Zealand College of Midwives to help women to find a midwife they can work with best.

The MMPO was established by the New Zealand College of Midwives in 1997 to provide its LMC (Lead Maternity Carer) midwives with a supportive practice management and quality practice system, enabling high quality continuity of care for women throughout New Zealand.

MERAS, a dedicated union for midwives, now represents over 90% of midwives employed in hospitals and maternity units. MERAS has a DHB/MERAS MECA and CEAs with several non-DHB maternity units. MERAS is affiliated to the College of Midwives and provides a strong voice for employed midwives.