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Message to New Zealand Women and Midwives

Midwives and obstetricians have always worked together to ensure the best care and New Zealand mothers and babies are safer now than ever before in the history of maternity services.

The recent media coverage of maternity care has been misleading and in response to this the Ministry of Health, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the New Zealand College of Midwives have come together to produce a short video to assure New Zealand women and families that midwifery is a trusted and valued part of a strongly integrated service.

Andrew Simpson – Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health

“New Zealand has a world class maternity system, with good long term outcomes for both mothers and babies. From time to time research has prompted questions about the safety of care in this area. We are always looking for ways to improve – however we want to reassure New Zealanders that we have every confidence in the current model of care – that it is safe and robust.”

Ian Page – Obstetrician, RANZCOG, Chair NZ Committee

“Women in New Zealand have free access to whatever level of care they need – be that a midwife, gp or an obstetrician if required. There are measures in place to monitor outcomes, including local maternity quality and safety programmes which are operating in all District Health Boards.”

Karen Guilliland – Chief Executive, NZ College of Midwives

“Together the midwives, obstetricians and others involved in maternity care are now producing the best outcomes ever for New Zealand women and babies. It is a system we have worked on together over many years, and will continue to work on together to improve.

We still have the same goal – healthy mothers and babies.”

For more information on maternity services in New Zealand go to the Ministry of Health website ( or the New Zealand College of Midwives website (