How do I find a midwife?

Go to findyourmidwife.co.nz and use the search tools to find a midwife.

Do I have to pay for maternity care in NZ?

No, if you are eligible, midwifery care is free of charge. You do not have to pay if you meet the Ministry of Health criteria.

How often will I see a Midwife?

Your midwife will be your Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) and depending on your risk factors, this will determine how often you will be seen. It is best to discuss the frequency of your appointments with your midwife.

Where will I have my baby?

You may wish to birth at home, at Birthcare or at Auckland City Hospital. You will discuss this at your first appointment with your midwife, and this may depend on your previous births (if any) and if you have any risk factors, to ensure safety and suitability of where you'd like to give birth.

When will I have my first appointment with a midwife?

Get in touch when you know you are pregnant in order to book in with a midwife. Usually, your midwife will see you for your booking appointment between 8-10 weeks of pregnancy. This appointment will cover your medical history, your previous pregnancy history (if any) and the plan of care for your pregnancy. Your midwife will usually arrange any blood tests or scans to take place before or during this appointment. You are welcome to bring along your partner, friend or a support person to this appointment.

How often will I have ultrasound scans?

If all is well, you will have a dating scan betwen 10-12 weeks. This may also include screening for any chromosomal abnormalities if you would like this. You will also be offered an anatomy scan at 20 weeks gestation to screen for phsyical abnormalities. If there are concerns, then your midwife may refer you for scans during your pregnancy, but otherwise if your pregnancy is progressing normally, then the next time you will be offered a scan, is at approximately 40 weeks gestation.

I'm not part of the LGBTTQIA+ community, can Arlene still be my midwife?

EMPWR's priority is to provide care for those in the rainbow community; however if Arlene has space for the month that you or your partner are due to give birth, then Arlene is more than happy to have a conversation about caring for you. If Arlene is your midwife already, then she is happy for you to refer other pregnant or hāpu people to her, if they are close friends or family of yours.