All midwives provide primary care. If circumstances should require the assistance or intervention of doctors, the care becomes secondary care. At that point, many midwives will transfer care to the medical team.
We are a co-operative whose members are health professionals working in the field of maternity services. Our focus is on supporting the health professionals to provide the best possible maternity care to women and helping women to access midwives, obstetricians and other health professionals as needed.
We were originally formed as South Auckland Maternity Care Limited in 1996. Initially there were only three midwife members who secured a contract for maternity service with the then Northern Regional Health Authority. Over the years, we have grown to a national organisation with over 200 members.
We are structured as a company with a board of directors who determine the company’s strategic direction. There is a small administration team of five, led by the CEO, Tony Mansfield, and Anne Whyte, Midwife.