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NZCOM Central Region AGM

Thank you to everyone who attended it was a great AGM.

Central Chair Person: Robyn McDougal (lives in the Wanganui Region).


Manawatu Region: Sub Committee Chair person is Cathy Gibbs

The Manawatu is well served by LMC midwives with over 30 to choose from. Most midwives will see you at Clinic Rooms in Palmerston North, and also offer clinics in the surrounding rural towns such as Fielding, Foxton and Pahiatua.

Some LMC midwives in our area offer homebirth. Most births are at Palmerston North Hospital, the only birthing facility in our town at present. Dannevirke and Levin have Primary Birth Hospitals and midwives available too.

Further information on Palmerston North Midwives can be found on the mamaternity.org.nz website.


Wanganui Region: Sub Committee Chair Person is Lyn McCroskery.

The Wanganui Region is an area that stretches out to beyond Waverly in the Taranaki divide, up the Whanganui River to Jerusalem and Pipiriki, on to the National Park Ruapehu district, over into the Taihape area and down into Bulls.

We have 15 LMC midwives working in this area as well as a team of employed Midwives working in the Waimarino area (beyond and around the areas of Raetihi & Ohakune).

Midwifery practice in this area is diverse in its nature; offering home birth and facility birth as well as providing home & clinic visits.

The birthing facilities to choose from are Whanganui DHB, the Waimarino Birth Centre and O Taihape Maternity Centre.

Whanganui has great normal birth outcomes as seen in the MOH Clinical Indicators.

Women/family centered care is hugely important to midwifery practice in the whole of the Central region.

The Whanganui DHB has a website to search for information and most midwives are listed on the Find Your Midwife Site.


Horowhenua Region: Sub Committee Chair Person is Liz Jull

There are six LMC midwives working in the Horowhenua region at present and one GP LMC. All the LMC's offer full pregnancy , labour , birth and post natal care to six weeks. Labour care is provided by the local LMC's in the primary birthing facility in Levin. If pregnancy or labour care becomes complex, care is transferred to the secondary care facility in Palmerston North.


Hawkes Bay Region: Sub Committee Chair Person is Julie Kinloch and the co-chair is Beatrix Exeter.

Hawke’s Bay is a semi-rural area of New Zealand situated by the east coast. There are two main cities, Hastings and Napier, with the main hospital in Hastings. Many out-lying rural towns surround these cities. LMC midwives provide care to women throughout Hawke’s Bay. Approximately 2000 babies are born in Hawke’s Bay a year.

About 70 midwives work in Hawke’s Bay, half working in the DHB and the other half work as LMC midwives. Some midwives practice in both. We maintain a good relationship between the DHB and LMC midwives. The respect between the medical staff and the midwifery workforce is a very positive aspect of our region.

Homebirth, and hospital birth are both offered in Hawke’s Bay. Half of the LMC midwives in Hawke’s Bay offer homebirth. There is a birthing unit in Wairoa, and Ata Rangi Maternity is in Hastings, which has 8 birthing rooms. Some of these are set up as primary birthing rooms. Plans are underway to build a primary birthing unit adjacent our previously existing unit, which will become solely secondary care once the new unit is built. There is a midwifery resource centre in Napier, which provides a drop-in centre for women in the community, and also an after-hours facility for midwives to use for assessments as required.

We form a sub-region of the Central region of the College of Midwives. We meet monthly and have a good communication through email for all members. Our strong leadership team for this sub-region facilitate this communication, which is reflected in good attendance at meetings. The Resolutions Committee is active. Our team of Midwifery Standard reviewers in Hawke’s Bay are strong and have been consistent over many years. Hawke’s Bay sub-region has a College representative on the maternity governance committee. We also provide representatives to other community committees as requested, e.g. Radiology and Laboratory groups.


Levin Region: Sub Committee Chair Person is Liz Jull


Midwives celebrating International Women's Day in Wanganui.