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

Welcome to the official site of the New Zealand College of Midwives, the professional organisation for midwives.

The College is governed by a board (the ‘National Committee’) comprising a number of nominated and elected representatives from throughout New Zealand. Representatives include rural midwives, urban midwives, educators, students, consumers, Māori midwives and birthing women.

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Latest News

  • Midwives Withdraw Nelson-Marlborough strike

    13th February, 2019

    MERAS, the union representing midwives, has withdrawn its strike for Nelson-Marlborough DHB in light of the continuing state of emergency. Industrial co-leader Jill Ovens says the union recognises the stress that our members, women, and the community have been through and that this is continuing. “We have heard from members who have been volunteering to help in the community, supporting those affected by the fires in practical ways, and they felt strongly that we should cancel the strike,” Ms Ovens said.

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  • Midwives Plan Symbolic Hikoi to Parliament to Support Their Pay Claims

    9th February, 2019

    “If you love your Mama, march with midwives next week”. That’s the call from midwives planning a symbolic hikoi starting in the North and the South, moving towards Parliament over four days from next Monday (11 Feb) to Thursday (14 Feb).

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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.

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 has been established as a dedicated and focused union for employed midwives with support from the New Zealand College of Midwives. A national District Health Board (DHB) midwifery collective employment agreement for employed midwives has been negotiated and is now in operation for MERAS members at DHB’s.