Home Midwives COVID-19 Media Release: 23 March 2020

Media Release: 23 March 2020

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Media Statement

3pm, 23 March 2020

Information from the New Zealand College of Midwives – the following can be attributed to Acting Chief Executive, Jacqui Anderson:

The New Zealand College of Midwives is in regular communication with the Ministry of Health and DHBs regarding advice to pregnant women in relation to COVID-19.

At this stage (3pm, 23 March 2020), this information is available on the College website

We will update information and provide more detail as things change, and that information is agreed with the Ministry.  This is to ensure that accurate, consistent advice is available to the women of New Zealand and their families. The latest Ministry of Health information is available here

Importantly though, midwives are continuing to practice, following health guidelines.

The Ministry of Health has advised the following relating to “place of birth” (subject to change):

  • If a woman does not have any COVID-19 risk factors and is well, she can choose a birth at home, or in a primary unit (birthing unit) or hospital.
  • If a woman is in self-isolation for COVID-19 risk factors but is well: home birth may be available in some circumstances. Hospital birth is available but it is not an option to birth in primary units.
  • If a woman is self-isolating and has symptoms:  hospital birth is her only option.
  • If a woman is confirmed to have Covid-19: hospital birth is her only option.

Additional  MOH information – Advice for community-based midwives (table 1) and (table 2)

Keeping hospital resources for those who need them, remains a focus.

Our Chief Executive, Alison Eddy is on bereavement leave this week so please direct all enquires to Ali Jones, RedPR on 0272473112  or Maria Scott, College of Midwives on 021 329 405.