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 to find out (you will need the approximate date that your last period started). 

Our Midwives
Susie Fothersgill

Congratulations on your pregnancy, it’s an honor to support you on your unique journey to motherhood and through parenting!

I aim to provide midwifery care that is supported by the latest research, allowing women and their families to feel empowered by the choices they make for themselves and their families. I believe, that within the right environment, a woman can birth without intervention or fear and I am happy to provide labour and birth care at home, Te Awakaraingi birthing center and Hutt Hospital.

I have 4 children aged 8 years to 18 years and enjoy playing squash, playing the piano, reading and drinking coffee with friends.

Kelly Jackson-Sagmyr

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. 

Jessica Evans-Cortese

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. 

Julie Thompson

Congratulations on your pregnancy! I am in my 11th year of providing midwifery care for women in Lower Hutt. I am passionate about providing excellent midwifery care and empowering women to have positive experiences in their pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatally.  


My scheduled antenatal appointments are normally within school hours so I can have time with my 3 children. I am able to provide acupuncture if needed.

Alison Grant

I've been a midwife with Birthworks Midwifery Service since January 2012 but have moved on to a role as Midwifery Educator in 2020. I'm no longer taking new clients, but will occasionally be able to take return clients if timing allows. Contact me directly through the Find Your Midwife website if you're a return to see whether I'm available in some capacity.

Latest Birthworks News:




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.



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.


In summary;

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


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.

Stay well!
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 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!

Moving Day!

Oct 1, 2016


It's moving day! 

Remember that you'll find us at our new address now;

Level 2
191 High St. 
Opposite Bays Shoes, down the long corridor with the pot plants. 

Look forward to seeing you soon!


Level 2 Cuttriss House

191 High St

Lower Hutt

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