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Useful websites

There are lots of useful websites with information about New Zealand maternity services

There are a number of websites where you find information about New Zealand maternity services and what a woman and her family can expect during pregnancy, labour and birth and the postnatal period until the baby is six weeks old.  The Ministry of Health and the New Zealand College of Midwives' websites have wide ranging, current information on maternity services in general and on midwifery in particular.

New Zealand College of MidwivesThe professional organisation for midwives in New Zealand.
Ministry of HealthThe government's principal advisor on health and disability: improving, promoting and protecting the health of all New Zealanders
Primary Maternity ServicesHas essential information for community-based midwives practising under the Primary Maternity Services Notice 2007 (Section 88)
District Health BoardsLinks to websites for all New Zealand's district health boards
New Zealand LegislationThe authoritative source of Acts, Bills and Legislative Instruments 
Health and Disability CommissionerPromotes and protects the rights of disability consumers and facilitates the fair, simple and efficient resolution of complaints
Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal Hears and determines disciplinary proceedings brought against health practitioners 
Nursing Council of New ZealandProvide information about guidelines, resources and publications relating to nursing practice, the code of conduct and annual practising certificates 
Maternity Quality and Safety The Health Improvement and Innovation Resource Centre has been developed to support performance and quality improvement effort in New Zealand's health care system
Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee  An independent committee that reviews the deaths of babies and mothers in New Zealand
Midwifery Employee Representation & Advisory Service

 Union for employed midwives with support from the New Zealand College of Midwives


SmartStart provides step-by-step information about options, services and support available to help new and expectant parents. New parents can also use SmartStart to register the birth of their baby, apply for an IRD number for baby and let MSD know, all in one place, without having to go to each individual agency. DLE flyers, Wallet cards, and Stickers can be ordered by completing this order form.

Overseas midwifery organisations

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency  

Organisation responsible for implementing the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Regulating Australia's nurses and midwives
Nursing & Midwifery Council

Regulate nurses and midwives in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland