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Congratulations to midwives recognised in Queens Birthday Honours

Queen's Birthday Honours 2019 -our congratulations to two midwives who were recognised for their services to midwifery and were made Members of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Sally Ann Wilson

For services to midwifery

Mrs Sally Wilson was one of three midwives who, following the closure of the Warkworth Maternity Hospital in 1992, advocated for a local birthing centre, leading to the establishment of a Community Trust who are the facility landlords and have a mandate to ensure a Maternity Facility remains in Warkworth.

The Trust purchased land and moved the former nurses’ home to the site in the 1990s. Mrs Wilson was a co-founder of Rodney Coast Midwives, which opened the Warkworth Birthing Centre in 2000. The Centre has provided maternity care to more than 10,000 women and families. Its fundamental policy is that care should be free, and women are able to stay as long as they need to. Most stay three to six nights, until they are ready to go home, while Ministry of Health funding is capped at two nights. The Centre has grown over the past 18 years from four beds to 13 beds and is recognised internationally as a leader in primary birth and postnatal care. She has held long-term roles on the Waitemata District Health Board Maternity Clinical Governance Committee and consulted on the birthing centre design for Waitakere Hospital. In 2018 Mrs Wilson and co-founder Sue Wynyard retired from providing lead maternity care but continue to be Directors of the Centre.

 

Susan Jean (Sue) Wynyard 

For services to midwifery

Mrs Sue Wynyard was one of three midwives who, following the closure of the Warkworth Maternity Hospital in 1992, advocated for a local birthing centre leading to the establishment of the Warkworth Birthing Centre Community Trust.

The Trust purchased land and moved the former nurses’ home to the site in the 1990s. Mrs Wynyard was a co-founder of Rodney Coast Midwives, which opened the Warkworth Birthing Centre in 2000. The Centre has provided maternity care to more than 10,000 women. Its fundamental policy is that care should be free and women are able to stay as long as they need to. Most stay three to six nights, until they are ready to go home, while Ministry of Health funding is capped at two nights. The Centre now has two birthing rooms, an assessment room, 10 postnatal rooms, three public lounges and clinical office spaces, and is recognised internationally as a leader in primary birth care. She has held a long-term role on the Waitemata District Health Board Maternity Clinical Governance Committee, and has consulted on birthing centre design in Waitakere. In 2017 Mrs Wynyard and co-founder Sally Wilson retired from providing lead maternity care, but continue to be Directors of the Centre.