2010

This is one of my great strengths. I work very hard to give women information and encourage them to develop their own birthing plans. As a locum midwife I feel it is important to follow the birth plan that the woman has developed in conjunction with her LMC. I would only over-ride it (ie recommend to the woman that we do something different) if my professional judgement was that it was imperative to do so.

The area I feel I am unable to give fully up to date information is ante natal screening - my plan this year is to update myself with the online screening education program that is being developed by the MOH and Otago Polytechnic.

Turanga Kaupapa
To me, Turanga Kaupapa is more than just "allowing" a karakia - it is a frame of mind, an attitude to humanity. I respect any woman's (whatever ethnicity) request for religious or cultural customs or observances as long as it does not put her or her baby at risk.

2006


This is one of my great strengths. I work very hard to give women information and encourage them to develop their own birthing plans. I keep up to date with research and have a good source of literature I give women eg Women Health Action Trust leaflets about scans and vitamin K.

2004

This is one of my great strengths. I work very hard to give women information and encourage them to develop their own birthing plans. I have had a discussion with myself about the whole issue of epidural – do I take on women who request an epidural right from the beginning? Do I hand over their care if they request one in labour? I have taken the stance that I will only organise one if they request one – I will not suggest it - it has to come from the woman and only after we have exhausted all other avenues of pain relief such as water. However, I feel it is unethical for me to hand over their care when I am perfectly able to care for them.