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  1. Diane, 12. November 2012, 14:05

    An interesting article by Ms Guilliland. I have just spoken to two intelligent women (both university graduates), one in Wellington Central and the other in Wairarapa. (One 12 weeks pregnant and the other due end of March) who have tried to engage a midwife to be told there are none available.

    Lack of information about midwives’ qualifications and experience has also been a surprise. For other health professionals this information is standard. Are midwives all registered nurses as well?

    The process so far has not been “seamless,” with very little information given to the prospective mothers I have met. This is for most people a fairly big event in their lives – particularly first time mothers. Just read the on-line blogs to see what people think of our maternity system. Especially those from overseas who find it quite bewildering.

    Both my children were born with doctors present (the old system) and it was totally seamless. At least I had a trusted relationship with my GP over the years and didn’t have to engage someone I had no knowledge about.

     

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