Legislation that led to the birth of New Zealand’s women-centered midwifery-led maternity system, was introduced with the passing of Nurses Amendment Act on 22nd August 1990. It was arguably one of the most significant milestones in the evolution of the midwifery profession in New Zealand and this country’s model is now recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the preferred one for maternity care. In this webinar several significant contributors talk about then and now.
The webinar included a welcome by Kuia Crete Cherrington and President Nicole Pihema, followed by six speakers:
- Former Prime Minister and Minister of Health Helen Clark,
- Karen Guilliland, former CE and president of the College
- Sally Pairman, former president of the College and CE of ICM
- Sian Burgess, practising domically midwife through the late 1980s and early 1990s
- Kerry Tautogia and Catherine Kaumoana, mother and daughter who experienced the maternity service across two systems and two generations
The webinar provided a wonderful opportunity to remember and appreciate what the changes to the law have meant to midwives, women and their whanau in Aotearoa, NZ.