Mandates open letter

To Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins, Ministry of Health, New Zealand College of Midwives and Midwifery Council of New Zealand. Unuhia te rito o te harakekeIf you remove the central shoot of the flax bush Kei hea te kōmako e kō?Where will the bellbird find rest? Whakatairangitia, rere ki uta, rere … Read more

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern with baby Neve and midwife Libby

Open Letter to Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern

Dear Prime Minister, Today is International Day of the Midwife. Normally I would write in a formal tone but to be honest, I’m too exhausted to come up with the words. I can barely think so you’ll need to excuse me writing from the heart. Perhaps you can appreciate that more – I certainly appreciate … Read more

Screenshot of the New Zealand Herald article "Comment Art Green and Matilda Rice's home birth - be sure you know the risks"

Response to Anonymous South Island Doctor (NZ Herald)

On the 9th of September the New Zealand Herald published an article titled “Comment: Art Green and Matilda Rice’s social media post irresponsible – home births risky” by an ‘anonymous Kiwi doctor’ . The headline was changed to ‘Comment | Art Green and Matilda Rice’s home birth – be sure you know the risks’ and … Read more

Open Letter To NZCOM regarding Dec issue of Maternity News

20 December 2017 To the Committee of NZCOM Firstly we would like to express our delight at the focus of the latest issue of Midwifery News on primary birth settings. As was expressed so well in several articles across the magazine, there are multiple advantages to mothers and babies when birthing in primary settings, and … Read more

Response to the NZ Herald article

Today the NZ Herald published a front page article entitled “Baby health concerns” (along with similar articles on other media outlets) based upon the Comparison of Maternity Care Models study by the University of Otago. Auckland Homebirth Community would like to iterate midwife-led continuity of care as safe, expert, healthy and satisfying. A recent Cochrane … Read more

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