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Julie Bishop

Julie My passion to be a midwife stems from my experience as a nurse and the influence of my aunt. I remember attending an antenatal home visit with my aunt when she was still a practising midwife in Canada and realising how unique it was to share in a women’s experience of pregnancy, labour and birth. I have always been interested in women’s health and amazed with the miracle of pregnancy and childbirth.
I am originally from Canada and have been settled in New Zealand since 2010. My career began as a registered nurse in 2004 working as a labour and birth nurse, also working in areas such as special care nursery and paediatrics. I spent a couple of years as a labour and birth nurse in Saudi Arabia, before coming to Wellington, New Zealand to work in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I am grateful for these experiences, but always had my heart set on becoming a midwife. I completed my midwifery study in 2014 through Otago Polytechnic.
I chose to study midwifery in New Zealand as I believe that midwives work in partnership with women, and this is the philosophy of midwifery care that I was attracted to. I look forward to working with you throughout your pregnancy, birth and in the first 6 weeks after your baby’s arrival. I am happy to support you to birth at home, at our primary unit in Paraparaumu or in hospital. My role is to provide you with the information and support you need to navigate the many decisions that come with being a parent. I will collaborate with specialists if this is required during the course of your care.
I completed my first year of practice as a hospital midwife at Wellington Hospital and I am thrilled to now be working in the community as a member of the Nikau Midwives group!

Tash Robertson
Come and meet Nikau Midwives and women using our service at the weekly coffee mornings
Tuesday 10:30-11:30am
Kāpiti Community Centre
Ngahina St

Contacting Us

0800 4 NIKAU is free to call from any phone, including mobiles, within New Zealand and is answered 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
You can select extension 1 if you are lloking for a midwife or select the extension of the midwife you wish to speak to.  You call will go directly to her mobile phone.
Please save non-urgent matters (eg choosing a midwife or changing appointments) for 9am to 5 pm on weekdays.
If we are with another woman when you call we will respond to your voice message once we are free.
If your call is urgent and the midwife does not answer hang up and ring again straight away.   If you cannot reach your midwife use the extension of your back up midwife.  In the unlikely event you do not get a reply you can contact us via Paraparaumu Maternity Unit 04 903 0205 where a midwife answers the phone 24/7. Or Wellington Hospital Delivery Suite midwives 04 806 0850.
When we are on leave or out of phone range we will forward our calls to another Nikau Midwife.  Just use your own midwife’s extension and you will be put through.
Email - any queries or comments can be directed to