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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

Julie I am really excited to be sharing this unique time with you whether it be your first baby or a new addition to your growing family. I have lived on the coast for 13 years with my husband and six children. I feel passionate about women’s health and informed choice.
As your midwife I will walk this journey with you and your family and provide the information for you to be able to make choices around your pregnancy and birth. I work alongside a multidisciplinary team of health professionals in my rooms at Paraparaumu Beach and take a small caseload so that I can provide individualised care for each woman and family.
I am backed up by local Midwives on the coast when required. I am happy to provide care to birth at home, Paraparaumu or Wellington. I am a current member of New Zealand College of Midwives.

Kristin Collings

Kristin Kristin has been a practicing midwife for 30 years. Kristin grew up in Stokes Valley, in a family of six, and was introduced to natural childbirth at a very early age when her parents were fighting the authorities in order to have their sixth child by "natural childbirth". Trained as a general nurse at Wellington Hospital, Kristin spent a year working in A&E before spending three years overseas working and travelling. Returning to New Zealand in 1969 to do her midwifery training at St Helens Hospital Kristin has been hooked on the midwifery profession ever since.
Kristin last worked in the hospital setting as a midwife at the Otaki Maternity unit for 14 years prior to its closure. She has also worked as a nurse in public health. More recently she has been a midwife and nurse at the Waikanae medical centre. Kristin has worked as an independent practitioner for the last twelve years. She has a good working relationship with colleagues in the Wellington/Kāpiti region as well as with specialist staff at Wellington Hospital. Kristin believes that she is a specialist in Normal Birth thus recognising complications and the need to refer on to other specialists as necessary.
Kristin feels that being part of a supportive group is also very important in being able to have designated time off and holidays. Nikau Midwives provide this environment at the same time as giving women good continuity of care.

Lynley Davidson

Lynley Lynley grew up in rural Southland and gained her registration as a nurse in Invercargill. From 1982 Lynley trained and worked as an intensive care nurse in Wellington Hospital's Intensive Care Unit.
Seeking the more joyous outcomes of childbirth Lynley graduated from Wellington Polytechnic as a midwife in 1987 and in 1990 became a founding member of Domino Midwives in Wellington. Having started as an independent midwife immediately following the passage of the 1990 Nurses Amendment Act, Lynley has helped in the birth of 650 babies since then.
With a family move to the Kāpiti Coast in 1997 Lynley helped establish the Nikau Midwives group on the coast. A council member of the New Zealand  College of Midwives in 1991, Lynley has always been active in the fostering of midwifery services in New Zealand particularly in the Wellington region. Lynley is widely researched on maternity issues and attends numerous workshops and conferences on midwifery care each year.
An experienced midwife of 20 years practice Lynley has developed good working relationships with colleagues in the Wellington/Kāpiti region as well as with specialist obstetric staff at Wellington Womens Hospital. While experienced in recognising complications in pregnancy and childbirth that need referring to such specialist staff, Lynley delivers maternity care centred around achieving childbirth in as natural an environment as possible.
Births at which Lynley has been the Lead Maternity Caregiver have been divided approximately equally between the women's home, the Paraparaumu Maternity Unit, and Wellington Womens Hospital. The  primary birth unit at Kenepuru Hospital is also an option Lynley offers.

Grada Dixon

Grada Grada is a mother of two primary school aged girls. Grada and her husband Joe live on a life-style property on the Kāpiti Coast where the family are presently enjoying being able to run 8 horses.
 

Sarah Bromley

Sarah Sarah has been practicing as an independent midwife on the Kāpiti coast for the past 5 years, and has been part of the Nikau Midwives team for the past 3 years. She lives in beautiful Raumati Beach and is a busy mum to her stepdaughter Amber (16) and 3 children, Jamie (11), Rose (9) and Rhain (6). Sarah's family are of course her first priority, and she has found that specialising presently in antenatal and postnatal care is a way to enable her to have the quality time with her young family that they need. This allows Sarah to enjoy the passion of a career that her heart and soul are very much entwined with.
Sarah also looks after women who are involved with specialist teams in town and those requiring elective caesarean sections.
Sarah thoroughly enjoys and loves the privilege of working with women in this context, and feels that working with women who may have been unable to have a midwife involved in their care antenally really appreciate the devoted care and support that Sarah is able to provide them with.
Sarah also regularly works as a locum midwife for her colleagues within Nikau Midwives, when they require time away from work.
Midwifery has always been a part of Sarah's life, as her mother was a homebirth community midwife in England in the 1960's prior to emigrating to start a new life in New Zealand.
Sarah has travelled widely, before settling back in New Zealand to raise her family, living and working in various countries. Her most significant time was the year she spent working as a volunteer for an NGO in the Himalayan foothills in Uttar Pradesh, in northern India, providing both educational support (as a qualified teacher), as well as emergency healthcare within a remote rural environment, sometimes spending days trekking to isolated areas in need. This experience has lingered with Sarah, and she eagerly awaits the time when it is possible to continue this life changing work, within the international midwifery community.
Sarah's midwifery philosophy is based around viewing childbirth as a normal, and joyous life event, involving women and their whanau. She believes in a relationship with women built on informed consent, providing safe and effective evidence based practice, allowing and encouraging a fulfilling journey through pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period.
Sarah is trained in acupuncture, having done a full year training programme in acupuncture for midwives with the New Zealand School of Acupuncture. She uses acupuncture as desired and as needed within her work as a midwife. She has also completed a homeopathy workshop and combines this with her practice also.

Sahra Kress

Sahra
Registered as a midwife in New Zealand since 2004, Sahra approaches her work with pregnant and childbearing women guided by respect, with an emphasis on safety, passionate about the individual and extraordinary nature of childbirth. Attending her first birth at the age of 6, she became caught by the significance of birth as she watched her sister born underwater at home.
Originally from Germany, Sahra grew up in the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico, and spent five years living by herself in a rustic cabin herding goats, making cheese, and watching kids born in the spring. Sahra also spent some time observing the work of several homebirth midwives, but when looking beyond their small practice, was frustrated by the lack of continuity in the state maternity system, the lack of choice for women, and envisaged a climate of greater support - in whichever environment the woman and her family chose.
New Zealand proved a country of greater social awareness, offering a training in midwifery that reflected the union of safe, evidence-based care with consideration for childbearing women and their families.
Over the last few years Sahra has pursued an avid interest in working with birthing women in resource poor countries. Time spent working in the slum hospital of Port Vila, Vanuatu, provided valuable exposure to raw medical care and the challenges of working in a very different context. This experience was broadened and taken to a far greater depth when she spent time in an extremely remote setting in the hinterland of Papua New Guinea, faced by the challenge of providing care with no option of transfer to medical backup. The contrast to the challenges faced in a New Zealand birthing setting have given her an overview of differing needs in supporting birth.
Most recently (2015) Sahra spent several months at a remote hospital in the Solomon Islands teaching emergency skills and constructing a curriculum in maternity care for the only teaching programme for maternity health care workers in the region.
Sahra wrote an article about the influence of Chaos and Complexity Theories on childbirth which was published in an international journal in which her passionate stance for the need to decrease unnecessary medical interventions in normal birth is articulated. She is particularly interested in the potential transformative nature of birth, and the impact of empowerment on attachment and ongoing parenting. She also enjoys regular mentoring of student and new graduate midwives. Continual theoretical, academic, and clinical exploration enhance and broaden her fascination with, and dedication to the significance of birth.
Click here to download an article written by Sahra.

Sheryl Morris

 
 

Andrea Sarty

I was inspired to become a midwife by the awesome care my family and I received from my midwives when I had our three children. It showed me what a difference skilled support could make in people's lives. I then worked in birth and parenting education for ten years, helping others to have fulfilling birth experiences. I became a midwife to be able to provide even more care for growing families.
I love the journey with each family and whānau in their pregnancy, as they meet their babies and as they get the hang of parenting their new small person. Along the way I share information to help people make choices that feel right for them. Birthing at home, the Paraparaumu or Kenepuru birth units or in Wellington Hospital are all options for women I work with.
I work closely with the lovely team at Nikau Midwives and have good relationships with health professionals you may encounter. I had a great first year as a midwife and love my job.  I have a small number of women due each month to allow me time and energy for both the women and my own family.
What the families said:
"Andrea really listened to what we wanted, heard our concerns and answered our questions."
"Really thrilled with her thoroughness, knowledge, manner and humour."
"She was caring supportive and knowledgeable.  Both my husband and I were very pleased we had Andrea as our midwife and would recommend her to any potential new mum."
"She was easy to talk to and very professional. She stayed calm and focused when things got a bit hectic.  If I would have another baby, I would go back to her immediately ( : "
"Excellent care provided.  Support was amazing. Wonderful birthing experience."
 
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
Paraparaumu.

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 info@nikaumidwives.com