Birthworks midwives provide individualised care
Which Birthworks Midwife?
All women deserve woman-centred, individualised maternity care. You will spend a lot of time with your midwife so it's important to find the one who fits you. You will largely have one Birthworks midwife providing your care throughout the pregnancy, birth and postnatal periods, but all of our midwives work across the scope of maternity care and offer the same range of services, so even if your own midwife is unavailable when you need her, you and your whanau will receive the same type of compassionate, holistic care from another Birthworks midwife. We work really hard to provide support for each other and for each others' clients, to make sure you have safe care whenever you need it.
If you're a new client, feel free to ask about the availability of a particular midwife, or simply call the pager to find out who might have space when you're due.
Not sure when you're due? Use the due date calculator at https://www.findyourmidwife.co.nz to find out (you will need the approximate date that your last period started).
Becoming a midwife has been one of my greatest achievements other than having my own children.
I enjoy being a part of the woman's experience right across the antenatal, labour & birth and postnatal periods. It is this continuity of care that I believe enables women to thrive and build trust in their midwife and have positive experiences and outcomes. My focus is on primary birth at home or at Te Awakairangi Birthing Centre.
Congratulations on your pregnancy!
I am a LMC midwife in Lower Hutt and joined Birthworks in 2018 after completing my degree in midwifery.
It is such a joy to share the journey of pregnancy and childbirth with women. I believe in and support women's inherent ability to birth, and provide home, birth centre and hospital labour and birth care. I am passionate about choice, and strive to provide informed, safe and empowering midwifery care for women and whanau during their maternity journey.
I am a mother of two young children myself, and my availability for appointments reflects this. Antenatal visits are held at our clinic rooms between 9am – 3pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with postnatal visits generally in your home within school hours.
If you would like to chat or arrange an appointment please send me an email or call the pager and ask for Kelly :)
Again congratulations and I look forward to meeting you.
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LEVEL 2 UPDATE 15/02/2021:
Regarding the new COVID-19 level 2 restrictions, we ask clients to adhere to the following:
Please let your LMC know if you are exhibiting cold or flu like symptoms, particularly if you have travelled out of region. Do not attend your antenatal appointment. Call the Covid Healthline on 0800 358 54 53. If you have flu like symptoms and have not travelled then contact your GP or Healthline for advise on 0800 611 116.
If you are postpartum then please call to advise your midwife before she arrives and for advice. This includes others in the house that may be ill, even if you're not.
We ask that you limit the people that you bring to your antenatal appointments, to avoid multiple people waiting in our waiting room.
Wear a mask on public transport as per Level 2 restrictions.
Clients who are in their 1st and 2nd trimester, who have no concerns, can delay their appointments, should they feel comfortable. Women who are in the third trimester should still continue to see their midwife as long as they are well. Please call your LMC if you would like to move your appointment.
Let's not get to Level 3 or 4!
Stay safe everyone!
Birthworks provision of services:
Sadly, there is a huge shortage of LMC midwives in the Hutt Valley currently (and nationally around NZ).
As a group focusing on primary care, we have made the decision to only book clients wanting primary birth – ie; at home or at the Te Awakairangi Birthing Centre. In order for women to have the option to birth in these primary settings they need their own LMC. Women choosing to birth at Hutt Hospital without clinical indication, can access care through their maternity service.
Any clients booked with us whose care becomes complex and needs secondary input/birth at Hutt Hospital, will still receive LMC care from us in collaboration with the secondary/obstetric team.
We advise any future clients wanting to birth in a primary setting, to get in contact as soon as they find out they are pregnant, in order to secure a spot with us. There is no need to have seen your GP first to confirm your pregnancy. We can arrange any scans and tests that are relevant within the first trimester.
If you are struggling to find an LMC, please contact Hutt Hospital’s community team on 04 5666 999.
We wish you and your families all the best on your journeys.
URGENT: FURTHER ADVICE FOR ALL CLIENTS AT LEVEL 3 AND LEVEL 4 ALERT
Birthworks Midwifery Service midwives are, like everyone else, trying to stay abreast of the changes to provide safe care without unnecessary COVID-19 risk to you or ourselves.
We are an essential service, and will continue to provide care, but this will look different at least until we receive specific advice for the coming four weeks from Ministry of Health.
Based on the information already available from MOH, Hutt Valley DHB and the NZ Govt, and from similar primary services such as GPs, we are suspending all non-urgent in-person antenatal and postnatal visits effective tomorrow, Tuesday 24 March.
From Tuesday, your midwife will provide non-urgent antenatal and postnatal care virtually or by phone (see below for your midwife’s instructions, as we are choosing slightly different approaches to suit our own workflow and family needs at this time.) If your midwife has concerns based on your virtual appointment or phone call, she will give you instructions about how and when to meet for an in-person assessment.
URGENT or TIME CRITICAL CARE includes;
Weekly appointments from 37 weeks gestation
Urgent antenatal assessments for bleeding, abdominal pain, reduced fetal movements, leaking amniotic fluid, or COVID-19 testing
Labour and birth
Time-specific postnatal visits such as newborn metabolic screening, early breastfeeding support, and full newborn check at 5-7 days
Urgent postnatal assessments for infection, newborn growth where babies are not back at birthweight or slow to regain weight.
Ministry of Health have set out clear guidance on birth care for women with suspected or confirmed COVID-19; if you are symptomatic of, or have confirmed COVID-19, the MOH has said that you will need to birth in hospital in order to minimise transmission risk to your caregivers. They have also said that all LMC midwives will need to hand over care to hospital staff in the situation of a pregnant person having confirmed COVID at the time of labour. You will also need to birth in hospital if you have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, or have recently travelled, unless you are prepared to birth at home; Te Awakairangi is open, at this stage, for well women who are not in isolation for specific risks, but cannot ensure sufficient isolation for women with specific risks for COVID-19.
We understand that changes to your birth plan are a really tough prospect, and different to the woman-centred care we can usually provide; the aim is to ensure as much separation as possible of community-based and hospital-based staff to maintain safe health services through this difficult time. If you are well, and not in isolation with specific risks, your birth can proceed as planned.
Until further notice, your non-urgent midwifery care will be provided by phone or FaceTime/Skype/Zoom
If you require urgent care, contact your midwife by pager, as per usual, to discuss a plan.
If you have confirmed or suspected symptomatic COVID-19 you will require hospital care for your labour and birth, and your LMC midwife will need to completely hand over care to midwifery staff
Check your midwife’s guidance for how she will run her virtual and in-person assessments in the coming weeks;
Arohanui Birthworks clients. Stay home and stay well.
Susie, Julie, Jessica, Kelly and Alison
URGENT COVID-19 GUIDANCE FOR ALL CLIENTS
As frontline health professionals Birthworks are putting a plan in place to “flatten the curve” of the COVID-19 epidemic. We are currently basing our advice on NZ College of Midwives, Hutt Valley DHB, national and international obstetric colleges. We expect to receive more information shortly from Ministry of Health with recommendations around pregnancy, labour and birth care for women with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and will update you when we do.
You may be aware of the Prime Minister’s address today, and the alert levels laid out. Please note we are currently at Alert Level 2, and our advice will change if or when we progress to Alert Level 3 and require non face-to-face primary healthcare consultations.
At this stage it seems pregnant women are no more likely to contract COVID-19, and newborns and young children are rarely severely affected. However, we need to be mindful of a potential increase in preterm birth rates and fetal distress in labour that has been somewhat evident with the pandemic elsewhere.
We are adhering to the following NZCOM- and government-recommended actions for midwives and clients;
Birthworks midwives will be;
- Maintaining strict hand hygiene practice between and during appointments
- Putting extra cleaning and disinfection measures into practice between appointments in clinic
- Trying to increase physical distance between ourselves and our clients
- Postponing appointments if we are unwell ourselves
- Removing toys and magazines from the waiting room; please consider bringing toys for your children if they’re attending your appointment.
We ask that YOU;
- Contact us if you think you have COVID
- Postpone your appointment if you or people in close contact with you need to self isolate; if urgent care is needed, talk to your midwife, and we will make arrangements with the DHB for appropriate precautions.
- Postpone your appointment if you are unwell, and call your midwife to make a plan; if urgent care is required, we will make arrangements with the DHB for appropriate precautions.
- Bring no more than one support people to your appointments or to visit in hospital or birth centre (children are not included in this, but please don’t bring sick children to clinic).
- Avoid time in our waiting room, by staying in your car or outside until the time of your appointment.
If you are in a group recommended to self isolate because of immuno-compromise, the government now recommends you stay at home. We will endeavour to organise home visits unless you also self-isolating because you have been in contact with a case of COVID-19, but we may not be able to do so at short notice.
Your midwife can help determine whether your case meets the definition of COVID-19, or you can call Healthline on 0800 3585453.
Susie, Kelly, Julie, Jessica and Alison
Midwife shortage in Hutt Valley
May 16, 2019
If you're expecting a baby later this year, you may already be aware of how very short of LMC midwives Hutt Valley has become, dropping from around 40 at the beginning of last year to around 26 now, only enough to cover half the pregnancies and births in the Hutt Valley annually.
Please, if you are newly pregnant, make finding a midwife your first priority, rather than delaying to see a GP first; make sure you know, as near as possible, the date that your last period started, and calculate your approximate due date at https://www.findyourmidwife.co.nz. Don't wait for a dating scan unless you *really* don't know when you had your last period - your midwife can organise one if it is clinically needed. We may not see you for a few weeks if you're very early in your pregnancy, but we can reserve a place for you if a midwife is available.
Birthworks will always try to prioritise return clients with whom we have an existing relationship, and homebirth whanau who have even less choice of midwife, but please call us on 04 8020771 or email us via our website or FindYourMidwife profiles as soon as you know you're pregnant. The messages for this FB site are only monitored about once a day, so other methods will get a more reliable response.
If you are struggling to find a midwife, you will still be able to access maternity care through either the small LMC service at Te Awakairangi Birth Centre, or through Hutt Maternity Unit.
We Love Midwives Morning Tea
April 21, 2017
Support Midwives to support women!
We invite current, past and future clients & their whanau to participate in "International Day of the Midwife" this Friday 5th May, 11am at Parliament Grounds.
Emily Writes, a blogger with a passion for women is calling on consumers to attend this morning tea in support of midwives, so they can better support women and their families.
Bring a rug, a flask and something to eat...and if you wish a written sentiment to display how much midwifery has made a difference in your life!
Oct 1, 2016
It's moving day!
Remember that you'll find us at our new address now;
191 High St.
Opposite Bays Shoes, down the long corridor with the pot plants.
Look forward to seeing you soon!