Midwifery and birthing

Waikato DHB employs more than 100 midwives across its secondary/tertiary hospital and Waikato DHB's birthing units in rural settings and contracts with five primary birthing units (see lists below).

Waikato DHB is
  • dedicated to fostering close working relationships between its employed midwives and self-employed midwives (lead maternity carers) whose clients birth at Waikato DHB and private birthing facilities.
  • committed to working closely with the School of Midwifery at the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), the local tertiary education provider. Midwifery student placements are provided and the Midwifery First Year of Clinical practise is supported and actively recruited to as the main method for developing, and growing the midwifery workforce.

Post graduate education is available and fully funded by Health Workforce New Zealand and encouraged especially for those midwives working within Waikato Hospital.

Midwifery roles at Waikato DHB

  • midwives (newly graduated and experienced)
  • clinical midwife specialists
  • midwifery educators
  • charge midwife managers
  • clinical midwife director

Are you pregnant?

You will need a midwife to provide care for you. The continuity of care relationship between the midwife and her client is the foundation for women-centred midwifery care in New Zealand. This care is mostly provided by midwives in LMC practice.

Many women find a midwife by word of mouth or you can find out about midwives available in your area by going to the Find Your Midwife site(external link)

If you have tried, but cannot find a Lead Maternity Care midwife in the Waikato district, Waikato Hospital can assist with midwifery care.

Phone 07 839 8848 and one of our community midwifery team members will be in touch to arrange your care.

Professionally, all midwives employed by Waikato DHB are directed and supported by the Director of Nursing and Midwifery (Sue Hayward) and the Clinical Midwifery  Director - (Corli Roodt) who reports to her.

Organisational reporting lines are to charge midwife managers in the Women’s Service (for Waikato Hospital midwives) and in the Rural and Community Services (for midwives working in the rural facilities or community based).

Waikato DHB recognises midwives as highly skilled, autonomous professionals who are part of a team which includes medical staff, nurses and health care assistants.

Midwives work across the scope of practice as regulated by the Midwifery Council of New Zealand. We are committed to offering the best midwifery services to women who require maternity care. 

We aim to employ midwives who share our women-centred and midwifery-focused approach.

Midwifery Collaborative Meeting

The Midwifery collaborative meetings take place quarterly and are open to LMC midwifes, DHB midwives and midwifes working in education and research. 
The purpose of the meetings are to discuss local issues, be informed and updated about changes and initiatives, it’s a place to give feedback and focus on areas of quality improvement. 
Attendance at the meeting attracts professional activity points.

Waikato DHB rural primary birthing units

  • Waikato Hospital Primary/secondary/complex care birthing (Hamilton)
  • Thames Birthing Unit - primary birthing (Thames)
  • Tokoroa Hospital primary birthing - caseload midwives
  • Te Kuiti Hospital primary birthing - caseload midwives
  • Taumarunui Hospital primary birthing - caseload midwives

NGO (Non Government Organisation) primary birthing units

Useful information

Annual reports

Birth Photographers and Cast Makers guidelines