Partners in Pregnancy - Your Lead Maternity Carer in Taranaki

Once you choose one of us as your Lead Maternity Carer (LMC), we'll be alongside you, guiding you through every step of the way. We'll also help support you after your baby is born with post natal care for you both. 

Being part of a caring midwife team means there are plenty of back up options to give you extra reassurance.

Your midwife will help you stay healthy and grow that gorgeous baby with knowledgeable advice, information and individual, personal care.

When is the best time to choose your LMC?

As soon as you know you are pregnant, you can choose your LMC. Your midwife will provide important information and support right from early pregnancy onwards for the health and safety of you and your baby.

Our services are free to New Zealand citizens as part of the New Zealand maternity care system.

So come and meet one of lovely midwife team soon and find out more about our  North Taranaki based community midwifery service.

 

Our Midwives

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Annette
Thomas

Olivia 
Porter

Kylie
White

Amanda
Antoine

Louise
Hammond

Scroll down and get to know our midwife team!
(find out what our clients say about us in our testimonials from happy families)

 
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Annette Thomas 

For the last 14 years I have worked within Partners in Pregnancy. I love being a Midwife and enjoy the journey with women and their families during pregnancy, birth and beyond.

I aim to promote normal birth and breastfeeding, including Homebirth and Waterbirth.

I qualified as a Midwife in 1984 (Wellington) after first completing my General Nurse training. I have practised in Wanganui, Papakura, and then spent nine years in Hawera before moving to New Plymouth over 16 years ago.

I have two children both now grown. Paul is a builder on the Gold Coast and Laura has an accounting degree and currently working for a local accounting firm. I also now have two beautiful little grandchildren Taj and Cleo. they are both a delight 

 

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Olivia Porter Taranaki Midwife

Olivia Porter

Hello and congratulations on your pregnancy! Finding the right midwife to walk along side you on this journey can be hard, so let me tell a bit about myself. 

I grew up in a small rural town of Ohakune under Mt Ruapehu and am now based in the beautiful Taranaki region.

Before moving to Taranaki, I worked as a community and hospital midwife in the South Auckland community and have since worked within the hospital here in Taranaki. I now work at Partners in Pregnancy, with a team of passionate, supportive and highly skilled Midwives.
 

I aim to provide women centered care that empowers and supports women and their whanau to make to make fully informed, autonomous decisions during their pregnancy, birth and postnatal experiences. It is a privilege for me to be apart of this special life journey and I love what I do. I enjoy the relationships that I build with women and whanau over time and I believe strong and trusted partnership plays a big role in achieving a positive experience.

I support women to birth in their desired setting whether that is at home or at hospital, I also support water births and I am also trained in providing epidural care. I look forward to getting to know you and share this wonderful journey with you and your whanau!

 
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Kylie White

I work with a passionate group of midwives known as "Partners In Pregnancy". We are a group of midwives who care for women from our clinic in New Plymouth from all over Taranaki.

I have worked as a midwife for 14 years and I enjoy following families through their unique journey into parenthood.

I believe in offering choice to childbearing women and I have a faith that as women we are built for growing, birthing and mothering our babies.

I am born and bred in Taranaki and I have two sons of my own and also a stepson.  


 

 
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Louise Hammond

Congratulations on your Pregnancy!!! Hi I am Louise. I have been a Midwife Since early 2006, when I completed my Midwifery Degree in Dunedin.

I initially worked hospital shifts & took a small caseload of clients in Dunedin. After the birth of my second child, we lived in Southland where I am originally from & I worked initially at the hospital in Invercargill as a core midwife & then as a fulltime LMC.

In early 2014 I moved to New Plymouth with my family. My two children are now 14 & 11 years old & we love life in Taranaki. I work with a wonderful bunch of colleagues at PIP & have great support in place.

I am passionate about my role as a midwife & enjoy supporting women & families throughout their childbirth journey. I aim to support and promote normal childbirth & breastfeeding, including homebirth & water birth.

I also love the diversity of the families I care for. I enjoy getting to know those I care for, honouring cultural values within their birth & parenting experience. 
 

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Amanda Antoine

Hi, my name is Amanda Antoine and I have been a midwife for 26 years providing primary and secondary midwifery care. Originally from the UK I have been here in NZ for over 12 years now.

I am passionate about relationships with women, her baby and her whanau, including empowering women in their belief in their body’s ability to birth. I believe and actively endorse the continuity of women and family centred care.

I strive to promote the normality of physiological childbirth, which includes healthy living to optimise birth outcome. I have experience and confidence in home births, primary birthing centres and hospital births including epidural analgesia.

I also have an excellent relationship with members of the obstetric team within our DHB, which I believe is essential when providing care and support for women whose pregnancies may require specialist medical input.

I will return to LMC midwifery in March 2021, after 7 years working at the local DHB in management and specialist services. I have missed that special closeness that I hold so dearly when being with woman, her baby and her whanau and so I am back!

The positive and amazing feedback I received following my time with women as their LMC has always been fantastic. So I look forward to being your professional companion on your exciting journey and transition to parenthood.

 

Maternity Care in New Zealand

Maternity care in New Zealand is provided free of charge to residents or those who have a two year or longer working visa. The system is woman/family/whanau focussed, with informed consent being the basis of any decisions regarding care. We encourage you to take part in this process and read widely from many sources to make decisions about what you want for you and your baby during your pregnancy and labour. Of course this also means taking responsibility for those decisions.
 

The professionals who provide maternity care are called Lead Maternity Carers (LMC’s). A LMC may be a midwife, a general practitioner, or an obstetrician. You choose an LMC to provide your care from the beginning of pregnancy through until 4 weeks after the baby is born. You are able to change your LMC at any time through the pregnancy, or postnatal (after the baby is born) period.
 

A midwife LMC is able to send you for blood tests and scans and to prescribe medications related to pregnancy, and if all is well, you will not see a doctor. Midwives provide care to woman having a normal pregnancy. If any complications arise during the pregnancy, we will either admit you to the hospital under the care of an obstetrician, or ask you to attend a hospital clinic appointment so that we can consult with an obstetrician to make a plan for the rest of your pregnancy.

If complications arise during labour and birth, we will consult the obstetrician on call at the hospital. These referrals and consultations are free to you.

You will be asked to sign an LMC form at your booking appointment. This means that your LMC is now formally responsible for your care and is able to request scans, blood tests and prescribe medications for you and to co-ordinate your care.

Because maternity care is government funded they collect (and you agree by signing the LMC form) statistical information about each pregnancy episode e.g. the number of scans, number of visits to the LMC, Breast feeding or not etc. Signing the LMC form also enables us to be paid!

The booklet “Your Pregnancy” is a guide to pregnancy care in New Zealand.

 



Partners in Pregnancy is your Lead Maternity Carer in Taranaki, we look forward to meeting you to discuss your care throughout pregnancy and birth. Start by contacting us to meet one of friendly midwives.