The woman and the midwife get to know each other well over the whole maternity experience, building a relationship of trust with each other, sharing information and decision-making and recognising the active role that both play in the woman’s maternity care. Midwives’ care is founded on respect for normal pregnancy and birth as healthy processes and profound events in a woman’s life and that of her family.
Midwives practise in different settings. They can work in the community as Lead Maternity Carers providing continuity of midwifery care at home, in birthing units and in hospitals to women throughout pregnancy, labour and birth and the first weeks after birth. Midwives provide free maternity care to all eligible women in New Zealand and the vast majority of New Zealand women have a midwife as their Lead Maternity Carer (LMC). LMC midwives work with other members of the health care team if women need additional care during pregnancy, labour and birth or the post natal period.
Midwives can also work within maternity hospitals, as “core midwives” working rostered shifts to provide 24 hour care while women are inpatients. Core midwives work alongside their LMC colleagues and other health professionals to ensure women receive the care that meets their needs.
More information about midwives, how they are educated and how they work can be found in the Fact Sheets
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