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MERAS, the union representing midwives, has withdrawn its strike for Nelson-Marlborough DHB in light of the continuing state of emergency.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

Letter to Members – Media corrections

8th January, 2019

Dear Members, In the aftermath of a member giving the media my last email to you all there has been a flurry of media reporting and I subsequently need to correct a few issues reported…

Delayed cord clamping improves brain development

6th December, 2018

Latest research demonstrates delayed cord clamping improves infant brain development.   Effects of Delayed Cord Clamping on 4-Month Ferritin Levels, Brain Myelin Content, and Neurodevelopment: A Randomized Controlled Trial Objective: To evaluate whether placental transfusion…

Q & A with MERAS Midwife on Strike

3rd December, 2018

Why are you striking? MERAS midwives are striking because our MECA expired almost 18 months ago. In that time our union has tried to engage with the DHBs to negotiate the terms and conditions of…

A Rock and a Hard Place

3rd December, 2018

Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Midwives on Strike Anna Fielder – Mother of three. Midwives on Strike Need Our Support You may have heard that midwives in the MERAS union are taking…

Please provide feedback

3rd December, 2018

Dear members A member consultation is currently underway on the GAP programme and risk assessment algorithm.  The College is keen to hear your feedback and views. Please log in and respond!

Photo competition EXTENDED

1st December, 2018

New Zealand College of Midwives Photo competition: The College is holding a photography competition seeking pictures  that capture the concept of “Partnership in action in maternity care” It should include a midwife/midwives and a woman/family…

Midwives Striking and DHB Game Playing

30th November, 2018

Statement from the NZ College of Midwives. To be attributed to Chief Executive, Karen Guilliland. The New Zealand College of Midwives is extremely disappointed in the actions of the Bay of Plenty DHB demanding more…