News & Media Centre
From time to time, the Midwifery Council issues media statements on matters that affect the profession. For any media enquiries, please contact media advisor Leigh Bredenkamp.
For the latest information on other issues please access News in the drop down box.
Midwifery practice and immunisation
The Midwifery Council code of conduct requires midwives to provide impartial, honest and accurate information in relation to midwifery care, and this includes...
Media statement released by the Midwifery Council of New Zealand regarding media coverage of midwifery shortages
The Council has been closely following media coverage of safe staffing levels within the Midwifery workforce at District Health Boards.
Deputy Registrar of the Midwifery...
Prestigious international appointment for ex Council chair
The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), based in The Hague, has announced that Sally Pairman, the first Chair of the Midwifery Council and three term member, has...
E te whaea e Mina Timutimu kua hinga koe (our loved and respected mother Mina has fallen)
Early last week, the Council received the news that founding Council member and beloved kuia of New Zealand midwifery Mina Timutimu was gravely ill and then shortly afterwards,...
Reassurance over safety of NZ maternity care
The Ministry of Health, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the College of Midwives have released a joint statement to...
Council responds to research paper on retrospective birth outcomes
A research paper was released in late September entitled: ‘A Comparison of Midwife-Led and Medical-Led Models of Care and Their Relationship to Adverse Fetal and Neonatal...
Review of and changes to Recertification Programme 2017 - 2020
The consultation on the review of the Recertification Programme closed on 27 May. 510 individual responses were received although a number of these were for multiple midwives....
Free cultural competency training online
From September, Non-Governmental Organisations providing health and disability services funded by the Ministry of Health or District Health Board across New Zealand will be...
Having robust data about the midwifery workforce is a first step for the Government and the Council in developing workforce strategies. Each year the Midwifery Council surveys...
Past Council member honoured
Much loved and respected midwife and kuia Mina Timutimu was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New year’s honours list. Mina was appointed as a foundation member...
Te tatau o te whare kahu
In Maori ‘Te tatau’ refers to the gateway to a marae. During a powhiri, certain protocols and rituals take place and it is only on completion of these, that newcomers are...