How to find a midwife
Find a midwife that will suit your family
If you would like to look for a midwife who will care for you, a good option is to visit the New Zealand College of Midwives site - findyourmidwife - to look for a midwife in your local community.
The Midwifery Council does not employ or recommend midwives, we do hold the Register of Midwives. You can check your midwife is registered by searching the Register of Midwives at our site. Simply type in the name of your midwife, and the Register will show if they have a current practising certificate and other information such as their qualifications and any conditions on their practice. In New Zealand, registration is for life, so midwives remain in the Register even when they are not practising. When you look for a midwife it is important to check they hold a current practising certificate.
Other ways you could find a midwife
This is a good option. Most new mothers are happy to pass on the contact details for their midwife if she was happy with the maternity care she received.
Recommendation by your GP
Your GP can discuss your options for maternity care and will have contact details of midwives in the area.
The New Zealand College of Midwives
The College manages findyourmidwife which helps to identify midwives in your area.
Mum2Be helpline 0800 Mum2BE (0800 686 223).
This phone line is run by the Ministry of Health. The Ministry is also a good place to find out about services and support available to you while you are pregnant.
The Yellow Pages
Many midwifery practices and community based midwives can be found in the Yellow Pages.
This is a national organisation supporting Maori in pregnancy and childbirth and can supply contact details for a number of Maori midwives.
Home Birth Aotearoa
Home Birth Aotearoa represents the many district home birth associations. Its’ internet site lists the contact details for a number of home birth midwives.
Your local hospital maternity unit
Your local maternity unit may be able to give you contact details for midwives in your area. DHB maternity units can also provide your maternity care but they will only take you on if you cannot find a Lead Maternity Care midwife.
“When you look for a midwife it is important to check they hold a current practising certificate. ”