If you’re not familiar with the model of midwifery care here in New Zealand, let’s just say that – while
it’ll be different to what you’re used to – there’s certainly a lot to look forward to.
At its heart, our model of care is focused on the pregnant person and their pēpi (baby). Being
people-led over service-focused creates immense scope for our midwives to provide a more
personalised level of care. It creates space, trust, listening and ultimately a partnership between the
midwife, the pregnant person and their whānau (family). Continuity of care is a focus here, as is the
autonomy our midwives enjoy. Join us and you can look forward to providing a much wider scope of
care, all the while with the support of a highly talented team on hand whenever needed.
Another interesting aspect is the distinct role Lead Maternity Carers (LMCs) play in New Zealand’s
model of care. Typically, LMCs are independent community-based midwives or obstetricians who
attend births and oversee all pre and postnatal care. So, as a hospital-based midwife, expect to be
there as an expert extra pair of hands during normal birth alongside the LMC.
It’s also important to realise the impressive opportunity on offer in community-based maternity care.
We have a team who actively and passionately engage within the community – providing care, advice,
and support while building connections with pregnant people from a diverse range of cultures and
In most ways, our community midwifery team operates in the same capacity as that of independent
LMCs. This means focusing on prenatal care, and postnatal care for up to six weeks post childbirth.
Developing strong relationships built on trust and mutual respect is a fundamental part of what makes
our community team so well loved and supported in their work. It enables and empowers them to
provide a high standard of care and education – and intervention where necessary – into communities
where it can make all the difference.
Our 'full-time’ hours of work may also surprise you. A full-time working week equates to 44 hours. As
such, the full-time equivalent is normally a 0.9.