How Otaika Road Midwives work
We 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.
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 grand-babies, Luke, Toby and Jack. 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 I look forward to meeting you.
Role of the Midwife
Our role is to work in partnership with you supporting your right to make informed decisions based on up-to-date information. Your care will be planned with consideration of your midwifery, spiritual, emotional and cultural needs as you share with us.
As your Midwife and Lead Maternity Carer, we will get to know each other very well and be there for the birth of your precious baby.
The antenatal period is an excellent time for education about your pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and life with your new baby. This education helps women to understand their body changes and the whole childbirth process.
If a referral to an obstetric specialist is warranted, we will discuss your needs and options and, act upon your wishes.
We participate regularly in the College of Midwives Standards Review process to ensure each practitioner has fulfilled the criteria laid down by the New Zealand College of Midwives and are up-to-date in their practice. The College of Midwives provides a confidential resolutions committee in the event that you and your midwife have an unresolved issue.