Information about Rata Midwives

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is that birth is a normal life event! We follow the evidence about where the best place to birth is, that is how we keep women, babies and ourselves safe.  We provide full continuity of care, working with you from early pregnancy up to 6 weeks after your baby is born. We all…

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The Way We Work

Rata midwives work in pairs with one of each pair covering the other for weekends and other negotiated time off call. You will meet your back up midwife before you have your baby so you are familiar with who is providing your care.  The unpredictable nature of midwifery means that we may not always be…

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Home Births

We offer free use of birthing pools for those women choosing to birth at home. You will be provided with knowledgeable breastfeeding support and we encourage women to explore the benefits of breastfeeding before their baby is born. Where there are challenges in this area, we are able to spend time with you to help…

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Place of Birth

We know that for the vast majority of women, normal birth is the safest and most rewarding experience. Research shows that normal birth is best achieved for healthy, low risk pregnant women by birthing at home or in a primary birthing unit, such as St George’s, Lincoln or Rangiora.

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Achieving the best Pregnancy, Birth & Postnatal experience

Team work is an essential element in achieving a good experience; the woman, whanau and midwife are a team. Health and wellbeing during pregnancy has a huge influence on birth and postnatal outcomes for mothers and their babies.

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