What Does A Midwife Do?

THE ROLE OF A MIDWIFE

labouring woman supported by husband and midwife in hospitalIn NZ, an LMC midwife can work alongside you from early pregnancy, through your labour and birth, and provide regular support until your baby 4-6 weeks old. We specialise in normal pregnancy, childbirth and the transition to parenthood so for healthy women with well babies, your LMC midwife may be the only caregiver you require! Put simply, our role is to help you navigate your choices as you become a parent, and to support those choices with comprehensive clinical care. Self employed midwives hold different philosophies of practice, and therefore, differ in their approach to your care so it is important you choose the right midwife for you.

I offer antenatal care from a clinic located at Mount Physio and Pilates, in Mount Maunganui (click here to see a map) which offers free parking and a range of pregnancy related services. These visits are generally half an hour and are focussed on your wellbeing, your questions and any concerns you or your family might have. Your antenatal appointments are your opportunity to be informed about your many choices during pregnancy and we can provide many resources for these. In addition to this, your midwife should be able to:

  • refer you for ultrasound scans
  • refer you for blood tests
  • prescribe medications relevant to healthy pregnancy
  • refer you or your baby to an obstetrician, anaesthetist or peadiatrician, if and when you need it

During your pregnancy, you can generally expect to be seen:

  • For a booking visit Newborn baby being weighed at home by midwife
  • Every four weeks until 28 weeks of pregnancy
  • Every two weeks until 36 weeks of pregnancy
  • Every week until 40 weeks of pregnancy
  • More frequently after this, depending on your needs

In the unfortunate event of a miscarriage, I am able to continue my midwifery support as well as referring you for specialist services if you need them, so you should not wait until after the first trimester to begin looking for a midwife.

After the birth of your baby, you can generally expect:

  • Visits while you are an hospital in-patient
  • A home visit within 24 hours of being discharged from hospital
  • Regular visits in the first week of baby’s life
  • A home visit at least once a week after this, depending on your needs
  • Your baby’s Plunket referral to be completed at 4 weeks old
  • That I remain available for midwifery-related concerns until your baby is 6 weeks old

Unlike other health professionals, LMC midwives do not operate out of one location all of the time. Our weeks are usually divided between antenatal clinic appointments, post natal home visits, labours and births, hospital visits, urgent pregnancy assessments, specialist consultations, locum cover for colleagues, professional development workshops and more. Midwives are very used to prioritising care for our women as required, so please understand that due to the unpredictable nature of pregnancy and childbirth, your appointments may need to be rescheduled.

Brazilian Mum and baby enjoying first breastfeed after waterbirth

“Gillian was my midwife for my first son, Lucas, and she was part of the most magical experience I have ever had! Lucas’s birth was totally natural and an amazing water birth at Wellington Hospital. Gillian is a fantastic person who came into our lives during Lucas’s pregnancy. She was great at reassuring all my worries during pregnancy, awesome at keeping calm and being there for me and my husband during the labour stages/birth and very caring and friendly during the postnatal visits. Now we all consider Gillian as a family friend and Lucas, now 3 years old, knows Gillian as “a friend who helped me get out of mummy’s tummy”!

Mariana, Karl, Lucas & Tomas