General and Obstetric Nurse, United Kingdom, 9 May 1996; Midwifery, United Kingdom, 9 May 1996
Years of practice: over 20 years.
Philosophy of care: I believe birth for the majority of women is a normal, physiological process that usually requires little intervention. However, if there were any concerns I would not hesitate to suggest a referral to a specialist. I believe that all relevant information should be given to make sound decisions during the childbirth experience. My practice is to work in partnership with the woman and family/whanau as I believe it is important to include as much as possible the people that the woman wishes to have around at this special time. I am committed to ensuring that the women I provide care to have the best pregnancy and birth experience.
Back up midwife: Lesley Hinson.
Birth facilities attended: home birthing, Botany Primary Birthing Unit and Middlemore Hospital.
General bio: I trained as a midwife in the UK and was working as a Senior Midwifery Lecturer before moving to NZ in 1996. I work part time as Senior Midwifery Lecturer at Auckland University of Technology and have a small caseload as an LMC (Lead Maternity Carer). I have been an expert advisor for the NZCOM, a member of the competency review panel for the Midwifery Council and have been a reviewer for NZCOM Midwifery Standards Review till 2009 and a NZCOM educator for the Midwifery First Year Practice (MFYP) till 2011. Currently I am an academic member of the Ministry of Health (MOH) compliance panel to monitor the code in New Zealand & provide expert commentary to Midwifery Research Review.
9 May 1996