After a positive pregnancy test, many women are not sure where to go next, so often make an appointment with their GP. Your local midwife however, is able to provide all the necessary care for a well woman from conception to breastfeeding, so you may prefer to approach her directly.
If you are looking for a midwife in Tauranga, Mt. Maunganui or Papamoa, please click here.
If you live outside of Tauranga and are not sure how to find a midwife, try:
- An online search for midwives in your local area (eg: Tauranga midwife). Be sure to use the term “midwives” and not “midwifes“
- An online search for “maternity services“
- Phone 0800MUM2BE, a national phone line for information on pregnancy, that can provide a list of maternity services in your area
- Look up midwives, maternity services or midwifery services in your local yellow pages
- Search the Midwifery Council’s online Register of Midwives
- Ask friends/family who have had a baby recently where they found their midwife and if they might recommend anyone
- Midwives often work closely with other health professionals in the community, especially osteopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, homeopaths, massage therapists and GPs. Look for brochures in their clinics, or ask them directly if they can recommend a good midwife
QUESTIONS WHEN CHOOSING A MIDWIFE
Approaching a midwife will vary depending on which region you live in. In Tauranga for example, it should not be difficult for you to meet with a midwife and ask some questions once you have their contact details, but this will depend on the midwife. In busy regions such as Wellington or Auckland, midwives may have less availability to meet for questions, so you may be expected to ask questions over the phone before they agree to provide care. In either case, it will be easier for the midwife to help you if you know what you are looking for, so be prepared to have the following information available:
- Your baby’s due date (or an approximate month, if you are unsure)
- The date of the first day of your last period (your LMP)
- What number pregnancy this is for you
- How long it’s been since your last pregnancy
- Whether your last birth was a normal delivery or a caesarian section
- Any complications from a previous pregnancy
- Any long term health issues
Likewise, you should also be prepared to ask anything you would like to know regarding your midwife’s practice, her philosophies (approach to care), her experience, or when she is planning her annual leave. You may like to know about the midwife’s back up colleagues, and which midwives could be providing your care when she is unavailable.
If you are among the few women who know what type of approach they are looking for from the beginning of their pregnancy, and you have your heart set on something like a homebirth, waterbirth, or even an epidural, the first phone call or email is a great way to establish if a particular midwife will suit you. Is she a homebirth midwife? If not, can she tell you how to contact local homebirth midwives? Is she epidural certified and will she support your choice to have one? You may like to think about what aspects of care matter most to you and your family, and ask if you can discuss these from the start.
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