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Robbie Davis-Floyd, Lesley Barclay, and Jan Tritten

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520248632

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520248632.001.0001

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The New Zealand Maternity System: A Midwifery Renaissance

The New Zealand Maternity System: A Midwifery Renaissance

(p.55) Chapter 2 The New Zealand Maternity System: A Midwifery Renaissance
Birth Models That Work

Chris Hendry

University of California Press

This chapter presents the development of the New Zealand model of maternity care, which has evolved over the past eighteen years and continues to do so. Midwifery in this country has continued to “push the boundaries” of women-centered maternity care. Crucial factors in the development and success of the New Zealand midwifery model include the groundwork of legislative and/or regulative change; the political astuteness and determination of midwife leaders and home-birth consumers presenting a united front; and the desire and ability of midwives to embrace change and work differently. The study provides an insight into the political system and aids in understanding the potential for change. The staffing in maternity hospitals in this country is regulated, which enables maternity wards and hospitals to remain primarily the domain of the registered midwife.

Keywords:   New Zealand model, maternity care, midwifery model, maternity hospitals, women-centered care

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