I am a mother of seven, five of whom were birthed at home. I have been a midwife now for 27 years. The passion and love I have for supporting birthing women has grown more each and every year and I still get tears in my eyes at every birth.
I am passionate about birth being a beautiful and empowering event for all women and their Whānau, and am committed to providing excellent and compassionate care to achieve this.
I specialise in waterbirths, VBACs and home births. Women should feel in control and empowered throughout their pregnancy, birth and parenting journey and this is what I am deeply passionate about. I love incorporating the skills of hypnobirthing, active birth and calm birth principles into your experience and working with you on a personalised birth plan.
I feel privileged and honoured to share in your journey to parenthood and every family I care for holds a special place in my heart.
What we're here for
GentleBirth midwives believe in respecting the mother and baby during pregnancy and birth and allowing labour to unfold in its own time. Each birth is a sacred journey that we feel honoured to support mothers through.
GentleBirth midwives want the best for mothers and babies and keep up with current research to enhance our knowledge.
Welcome to GentleBirth Midwives
You are embarking on a journey that is both exciting and at times a little scary. You are growing a precious new life inside you. I am delighted that you have chosen me to walk alongside you as your LMC midwife, and support you during this wonderful time.
Gentlebirth midwives believe in women’s ability to grow healthy babies, and birth their babies with loving support, guidance and encouragement. We do not interfere or intervene unless medically indicated. We respect you, your family and your baby at all times. We don’t believe you “leave your dignity at the door” when you birth. We will never pressure you or force you into anything you don’t want to do.
With love and support most women birth their babies naturally and powerfully. Being relaxed and calm, surrounded by loving support and using natural things such as warmth, water, visualization, massage, homeopathy, aromatherapy, music, dance and movement you will be able to labour at your own pace and breathe your baby out into your life.
LMC midwives provide all your care from early pregnancy, through labour and birth, then until four weeks after the birth when Plunket or a nominated Well Child service takes over. We will support you with resources, information and care that gives you knowledge to make decisions about your pregnancy, birth and baby.
We love what we do and we love caring for you. We are available 24/7 for emergencies and birth, and have back up midwives in case of emergency in our own lives. You are welcome to text or email any queries to us during the usual working hours of 9am til 5pm weekdays. Otherwise please feel free to write down any questions to bring to your next appointment.
Remember that having a baby is a wonderful thing. You are healthy, strong and able to continue life as usual. This booklet has a wealth of information for you and your whanau so please read through it carefully.
Your midwife’s working hours:
LMC midwives are available 24/7 for births and pregnancy emergencies. Outside of these hours my antenatal clinics are held on Thursdays 9am til 5pm and Friday mornings. The rest of the week I spend visiting and checking new mothers and babies. Please be aware that I am not sitting at clinic every day so cannot fax or print forms/letters/prescriptions any day. These need to be done Thursdays or Fridays.
Please know you can PHONE your midwife for labour or urgent Issues 24/7.
For all NON URGENT issues please text during normal working hours 9am til 5pm Monday to Friday.
Things that may be considered urgent:
- Being in strong active labour
- Severe period cramps prior to 37 weeks that are getting stronger and closer. This may be premature labour
- Vaginal bleeding prior to 37 weeks
- Leaking of water from the vagina before 37 weeks
- Severe or sudden swelling in hands, face and feet
- Pain passing urine, often accompanied by backache and feeling feverish
- Heat, lumps and pain in the breasts after birth
- Headache that doesn’t go away with drinking 3 glasses of water, resting in a dark room and two paracetamol
- Any symptom of infection
- Decreased baby movements after 28 weeks