I work as a midwife in the Manawatu. My role can be referred to as being an independent midwife, caseloading midwife or lead maternity carer (LMC). What that means for pregnant women is that I am able to provide care for you throughout your pregnancy, labour and birth and the early postnatal period.
I work in a midwifery group practice at Heretaunga Midwifery Centre and run midwifery clinics at Heretaunga Midwifery Centre in Palmerston North and Mamaternity in Feilding. You can visit the availability page to see if I am available to care for you.
These are the geographic areas where my clients usually live and I visit at home postnatally but I will consider clients who are from other areas:
- Palmerston North
Heretaunga Midwifery Centre Profile:
The path to motherhood is an incredible one with much joy and a fair amount of challenges. As your midwife, I follow your journey by providing care and support through the pregnancy, the special event of labour and birth, and finally the establishment a new family dynamic with your baby. In an ideal world women would all be empowered to birth naturally and a healthy mother and calm birth will set baby up for fabulous breastfeeding. Your experiences will be unique and special even if it has not gone according to your hopes or expectations. Midwives have a kit of skills and knowledge for when things are progressing normally and we refer to other professionals when complications occur.
I had a client who was learning to drive and she inspired my analogy of choosing your midwife. Imagine a learner driver car with 2 sets of steering wheels and foot pedals. The pregnant woman is driving the car and invites a midwife to get in alongside her for her journey. Most of the time the woman is steering and in control but sometimes the midwife needs to provide guidance or steer for a while. If the pregnant woman doesn’t get along with, or trust, the midwife then she chooses another midwife to accompany her. Sometimes the midwife recommends places to visit on the journey, such as seeing an obstetrician, and it is the woman’s choice as to whether she takes that route. The midwife’s goal is for a safe journey with a healthy mother and healthy baby at the end and the midwife hopes to contribute to an outcome that fulfills the expectations of the pregnant woman and her family.
I have been a midwife since 2002 and initially worked as an independent midwife in Wellington. When I moved to the Manawatu I worked for 2 years at Palmerston North Hospital. I have also worked for Mamaternity at the Feilding Maternity Resource Centre and taught antenatal classes. I was fortunate to have the opportunity in 2005 to start working with the Heretaunga Midwifery Centre group in a support role. My colleagues at Heretaunga Midwifery Centre are like family.
I live in Palmerston North with my 3 teenage children and my partner has a 7 year old daughter. My hobbies include photography and website management.