International Day of the Midwife - 5 May 2014

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Midwifery network

Midwives provide quality care for mothers, babies and families in hospitals and in communities around New Zealand. 

Midwives have an important role in improving health outcomes in our communities. They understand that every childbearing woman deserves to give birth within a safe and supported environment for herself and her baby.

On this page you'll find items of professional interest to midwives.

Introducing Find Your Midwife

September 2013

Find Your Midwife is a new website service that allows women to quickly and easily find an available midwife in their area.

The Find Your Midwife service has been developed by the New Zealand College of Midwives with funding from the Ministry of Health. If you log onto the website now you will see how user-friendly it is. With a few clicks of a mouse, the service enables women to locate local midwives available on their due date, rather than having to make multiple telephone calls.

  • has a due date calculator
  • searches for midwives by due date, locality, preferred place of birth (hospital, birthing centre or home)
  • shows only midwives who hold a current Annual Practising Certificate, are members of the New Zealand College of Midwives and are currently practising
  • provides up-to-date information - each midwife’s month-by-month availability is regularly updated
  • provides written profiles of each midwife and contact details
  • has a ‘print list’ option for women who don’t have a computer

The site includes information on New Zealand’s midwifery-led maternity care system and contact details for feedback and further information or if you would like to order promotional material.

We are sure that the service will be a great help to women.

If you have any queries or you would like some promotional material, please contact us by replying to this e-mail at

Thank you for your attention and your support.

New Zealand College of Midwives

Voluntary Bonding Scheme 2014

June 2013

Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ) is seeking comment on the hard-to-staff communities and hard-to-staff specialties for the Voluntary Bonding Scheme (VBS). Your comment will inform recommendations made to the Minister of Health on the 2014 Terms and Conditions. Please provide feedback on the following hard-to-staff communities and hard-to-staff specialties by using the document below that is specific to your role and email it to by Friday 5 July 2013

Voluntary Bonding Scheme 2014 Letter (PDF, 312KB)
Voluntary Bonding Scheme 2014 Terms & Conditions - Doctors (Word, 20KB)
Voluntary Bonding Scheme 2014 Terms & Conditions - Midwives (Word, 20KB)
Voluntary Bonding Scheme 2014 Terms & Conditions - Nurses (Word, 20KB)

Vitamin D in Pregnancy and Infancy

The Ministry of Health has released advice on sun exposure for pregnant women and infants, together with identification of those high risk of vitamin D deficiency and recommondations for vitamin D supplementation.

For further information please click on the links below:

NZ College of Midwives

Screening Matters 

Newsletter of the National Screening Unit

More information about midwifery

Midwife Newsletters

June 2012 - Advisory Group National Forum Report (312KB, PDF)

May 2012 (790KB, PDF)



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