0800 THE MIDWIFE  (0800 843 6439)

Otaika Road Midwives

 email: mariethemidwife@gmail.com

Welcome

Marie has moved! I am now located in Turners Osteopath, Unit 1/11 Norfolk Street, Whangarei, where the interior has a wonderful peaceful atmosphere with the relaxing aroma of diffusers. Just perfect bliss.

I will work in partnership with you, to provide you with a friendly, safe and effective service.My aim is to emphasise an open relationship of sharing information and create a plan designed by you, for you.  You are a unique individual about to embark on a new journey that will take you through pregnancy to motherhood. 

"Labour is the only blind date where you know at the end of it, you will meet the love of your life."

I will provide continuity of care for you and your new baby through the postnatal period for between 4 - 6 weeks, then will hand your care to Plunket, Hauora Whanui or your GP. 


 Midwifery quote 

You are a midwife assisting at someone else's birth.  Do good without show or fuss.  Facilitate what is happening rather than what you think ought to be happening.  

If you must take the lead, lead to that the mother is helped, yet still free and in charge. When the baby is born, the mother will rightly say - We did it ourselves."                                                                                                                                                                               Tao de Ching

Marie's Blog  

Interesting articles and news about midwifery, pregnancy, breastfeeding and much more, come and read my blog.

 Waterbirth 

Our birthing pools are available free of charge to use at home or hospital however there is a charge for the liner. If you would like to have a water birth, talk to Marie, we are here to answer your questions.

                     Marie the Midwife is located at:

 Turners Osteopathy, Unit 1/11 Norfolk Street,  Whangarei 

Marie endorses the New Zealand College of Midwives 'Partnership model of care' which emphasises an open communicative relationship of sharing information. This means we form a partnership with you to create a plan designed specifically to address the special needs of your pregnancy.

II have assisted many women to have a life fulfilling and satisfying childbirth and we look forward to having the opportunity to do the same with you.We recognise the  unique place of Maori in New Zealand and believe that understanding between cultures is best learnt through listening, sharing, respect and talking.The heart of our philosophy is that you and your family/whanau deserve the best care during your pregnancy.

I will always endeavour to:

  • Promote practices that enhance the health of the woman/wahine and her family/whanau and encourage their participation in her health care.  Promote normality in midwifery through educating and reassuring families/ whanau that it is a physiological process.
  • To empower women/ wahine with researched based knowledge to make informed choices regarding their care with up to date research based information.
  • Encourage partner/birthing attendant/whanau to participate, for example massaging mums lower back and supporting her through her labour.
  • Act as an advocate for women throughout their care, giving the woman control and involvement over her experience.
  • We are able to, with our years of experience and skills, recognise when we need to intervene if  the pregnancy becomes abnormal.

Come and visit us today or give us a call at 0800 THE MIDWIFE

 There may be times when your concern is out of our scope of practice and may warrant a GP visit or Obstetric input.

 Because of the work we do and babies can come any time of the day or night, we apologise in advance as we may have to reschedule your appointments.


Breastfeeding  Birth Plan Labour and Birth Latent Phase of Labour 

Morning Sickness Pre-Eclampsia Postnatal Exercises Baby Movements


II will work in partnership with you, to provide you with a friendly, safe and effective service.  Our aim is to emphasise an open relationship of sharing information and create a plan designed by you, for you.  You are a unique individual and about to embark on a new journey that will take you through pregnancy to motherhood. 

"Labour is the only blind date where you know at the end of it, you will meet the love of your life." 

I will provide continuity of care for you and your new baby through the postnatal period for between 4 - 6 weeks and I will hand your care to Plunket, Hauora Whanui or your GP.  


A womans strength

Hello and welcome, 

My name is Marie and I came to New Zealand in 2002 where I discovered the midwifery I have always wanted to practice. It was the New Zealand College of Midwives “Partnership in Care” philosophy that I thought was a wonderful way to work with mothers and their family/whanau and totally amazed with the care women receive.

I have been a practicing midwife for 28 years now and I love it!. I began my New Zealand midwifery journey working up in the beautiful Bay of Islands at the Kawakawa hospital as a team midwife. 

I now live in Whangarei which has beautiful scenery and the most amazing beaches and I just 'love it here', if I may borrow that expression from the Whangarei Tourism Board :-) Lovely friendly people, fantastic midwifery colleagues both in the community and the Te Kotuku Maternity Unit and the hospital. 

I am devoted to helping our expecting mothers have the birth they wish as well as providing personalized antenatal and postnatal care.

I am currently undertaking my Master of Midwifery and thoroughly enjoying every moment. I love having student midwives working with me, the sharing of knowledge is reciprocal and wonderful to learn new things all the time. 

 I have two grown up children, my son is a graphic designer and my daughter is a computer programmer but way prefers her voluntary animal rights work she does. I now have three grandsons, Luke, Toby and Jack and a new granddaughter named Xenie. I live locally with my husband Michael who is a landscape artist and a musician, our cat Bobby Robster (a kitty with attitude) and Denny our dog - the softy poodle.

Please phone me if you have any questions you would like to ask and look forward to meeting you.