About us

Why choose a Self-Employed Community Midwife?

What we can offer you



About us …

Sheryl & Sue work together as 1st Choice Midwives.    We having been working together for 13+ years and share a midwifery philosophy, in which women and their babies are 'the stars' and our role is providing holistic care,  taking account of individual social, cultural, physical, spiritual and emotional needs.

We each maintain our own caseloads with the benefits of being supported by each other when required.  This back-up arrangement ensures the women we work with have access to a complete midwifery service 24 hours a day / 7 days a week and allows us to take regular time off, which is important not only for our own health and well-being, but also to ensure we do not become too tired to care for you safely.  

During pregnancy the women we care for have the opportunity to meet their back-up midwife so they are able to become familiar with us both.    


Why Choose a Self Employed Community Midwife?

A Community Midwife works one-to-one with women in the community, rather than being employed as part of a hospital-based team. 

The 1st Choice Midwives have chosen to work this way because we believe this is the best way for us to have  time to develop a relationship with women, enabling us to provide individualised care and information, so women can make the right choices for themselves, their family and their baby.

By choosing a community midwife who works in a small group practice your midwife (and the back-up midwife she works with) will always be fully aware of your history and preferences, which takes away the ‘Russian Roulette’ nature of worrying who will be looking after you at such an important time of your life.

We both live locally so you can rest assured knowing that you are in the hands of skilled midwives who are never far away when you need them! 

Best of all the services offered by Community Midwives are FREE** if you are a New Zealand resident!

Why settle for less ??


What we can offer you ...

We cover the entire North Waikato area - from Hamilton North to Meremere and from Te Akau to Tahuna (including Ngaruawahia, Huntly & Te Kauwhata).  Our services include:

  • Free Pregnancy Testing

  • Antenatal clinics in Huntly and Te Kauwhata

  • Referral for tests / ultrasounds

  • Pregnancy-related prescriptions (including contraception)

  • Labour and birthing support at either:

  • Water Births

  • VBAC (Vaginal Birth after Caesarean)

  • Shared care for high risk women

  • Breastfeeding support

  • All postnatal visits in your own home


For more information please contact either   Sheryl   or   Sue  


(** Maternity care is fully funded for eligible persons,
otherwise charges may apply.)


Return to Home Page


Copyright © 2003   Last modified: 03 Apr 2017