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Letter to members

18th March, 2019

The College is deeply saddened, shocked and distressed by the targeted terrorist attacks on two Christchurch Mosques last Friday 15th March. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims and to the Muslim communities in Christchurch and throughout New Zealand.

Second midwife fee clarifications

15th March, 2019

Points of clarification for the Second midwife support supplement Claims for the Second midwife support supplement appear to be going well although the volume of second midwife claims has been lower than anticipated.  The College…

Canterbury Measles Outbreak

14th March, 2019

The College is liaising very closely with the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB), Community and Public Health specialists and of course our member midwives.

International Women’s Day

8th March, 2019

The New Zealand College of Midwives has a very simple message for its members and women around the country today, March 8th – you’re awesome and be kind to yourself.

National Health Advisory Notification of MMR immunisation advice

8th March, 2019

National Health Advisory Notification of MMR immunisation advice for healthcare workers ADVISORY SUMMARY: The Ministry wishes to remind all healthcare professionals and other people working in health care facilities, who were born on 1 January…

Research in the News

25th February, 2019

You may be aware of the following stories in the news over the last few days.

All robust research is valid and welcomed by the New Zealand College of Midwives, especially if it assists in improving and developing maternity services for the benefit of women and their babies.

It is not unusual nor exceptional for the College and Ministry to discuss issues regarding research.

Graduate Business Contribution follow-up payment 2019

21st February, 2019

Information for the new graduate Business contribution payments is now live on the Ministry of Health website.

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MERAS, the union representing midwives, has withdrawn its strike for Nelson-Marlborough DHB in light of the continuing state of emergency.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.

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).

Union Feeling Positive After Facilitation Today

1st February, 2019

The midwives’ union, MERAS, is cautiously optimistic following a positive session of the full negotiating teams in facilitation today. MERAS industrial co-leader, Jill Ovens, says a counter-offer to their proposal has been made by the…

DHB-employed Midwives to Strike Again

30th January, 2019

DHB-employed Midwives to Strike Again The midwives’ union MERAS has issued strike notices for 12-hour strikes from 9am-9pm, on 11-14 February. At issue is the DHBs refusal to acknowledge the responsibilities and skills of midwives,…

New Chief Executive at the New Zealand College of Midwives

24th January, 2019

The New Zealand College of Midwives President, Deb Pittam, is delighted to announce the appointment of Alison Eddy as the next Chief Executive for the College. Alison will start in her new role on the 23rd January 2019. The position was widely advertised and attracted a high calibre of applicants.

“The profession is privileged to have a midwife of this calibre who is willing to keep supporting and leading the profession to maintain its special role in the lives of New Zealand’s women and their families,” says Deb.