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||Education - Workshops, Seminars and Intensives
Midwifery Skills for Emergencies Intensives
2013 will be the 11th successive
year of Midwifery Skills for Emergencies Intensives. The practice
issues covered in the Intensive support the development and/or
maintenance of the midwifery skills necessary to deal with emergencies
at home or in other low tech settings. Issues include cord prolapse,
undiagnosed breech presentation, shoulder dystocia, postpartum haemorrhage,
intravenous cannulation, perineal repair (including suturing) and neonatal
These Intensives are centered on scenario discussions and support evidence-informed practice,
with demonstration of relevant midwifery skills with ample time allowed
for ‘hands on’ practice. The Intensives are live-in workshops
giving opportunities to meet and network with other midwives working
in a variety of midwifery environments throughout (mainly) New Zealand
The Intensives are approved by the Midwifery Council of New Zealand and endorsed by the Australian College of Midwives.
dates and registration and further
Breech Birth - Midwifery (and Women's) Business! by
Maggie Banks. For
full article go to Birthspirit's 'Articles' page or click
Midwifery Journal focuses on the regeneration and furthering
of knowledge that promotes, supports and protects the healthy (on
all levels) continuum of pregnancy, labour and birth, breastfeeding
and early mothering.
While we are continuing with our activities of providing midwifery education, publishing and selling midwifery books, and supporting Wise Woman Archives Trust, we decided that we would not continue with Birthspirit Midwifery Journal. Issue 6 (October 2010) was, therefore, the last Issue to be published.
Past Issues of Birthspirit
Midwifery Journal will remain available for purchase.
Woman Archives Trust (WWAT)
Donley (1916 - 2005)
Joan Donley was born and raised in Canada and immigrated to New Zealand
in 1964 with her husband and five children. Joan, already a nurse from
1938, undertook midwifery training at St Helen’s Hospital in Auckland
in 1972 at the age of 56. In 1974 Joan commenced domiciliary midwifery
practice providing home birth services in Auckland.
Joan played a major leadership role throughout all aspects of midwifery
in New Zealand by motivating midwives to take control of midwifery and
supporting consumers to fight for the home birth option. She initiated
founding of the Home Birth Association in Auckland in 1978, the Domiciliary
Midwives Society (Inc.) and the New Zealand College of Midwives.
In her pivotal paper titled Midwives
or moas? presented at the 1988 National Midwives and Obstetric Nurses
Special Interest Section of New Zealand Nurses’ Association Conference
in Auckland, Joan proposed that midwives form the Aotearoa College of
Midwives “to promote midwifery in order to survive as a profession”.
While it underwent a name change, this prompt would result in the founding
of the New Zealand College of Midwives at that Conference. This paper
along with The
domiciliary midwife: her role and professional status in the community
midwife as an independent practitioner begin the series of Joan’s
papers written in the 1980s, many of them unpublished, which will be reproduced
electronically by the Wise Woman Archives Trust, thanks to the kind permission
of her daughter, Dee Pigneguy.
is no other book quite like this one and we have waited a long time
for it. It challenges conventional ways of thinking yet has
been thoroughly researched, is based on evidence and makes good sense.
Written with her usual
wit and humour, Joan provides a complete compendium of information to
answer any question about having babies and keeping healthy. It will be
a valuable resource for midwifes and is a must for all women wanting a
healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby ... " (Go to Joan
There is limited
stock of this book left, and it is not planned to be reprinted
Midwifery Council's competency requirements for practising midwives
All of the on-going competency requirements for practising midwives
are set out in Midwifery Council's - Recertification Programme:
Competence-based practising certificates for midwives. This and
other informative documents are on their website at www.midwiferycouncil.org.nz
Woman Archives Trust (WWAT)
is delighted to support the Wise Woman Archives Trust (WWAT), which
is incorporated under the provisions of the Charitable Trusts Act 1957.
WWAT is a new initiative with the purpose of collecting, preserving
and making available for research and learning purposes historical materials
relating to maternity services in Aotearoa New Zealand.
first major acquisition is the secretarial archive of the Domiciliary
Midwives Society (Incorporated) – the contents of which can be
viewed on the webpage Domiciliary
Midwives Society of New Zealand (Incorporated). The DMS, as the
Society was known, was established in 1981 to enable practising domiciliary
midwife members to communicate efficiently, speak out effectively as
one body, and manage their own affairs; to oppose and correct misrepresentation
and misunderstanding of the philosophy of home birth and the policies
of domiciliary midwives; and, to protect the reputation and interests
of all domiciliary midwives by seeking to obtain membership from all
midwives providing home birth services. The DMS was very active from
the 1980s with the Home Birth Associations and Home Birth Support Groups
throughout New Zealand in securing the viability of the home birth option
prior to 1990.
Wise Woman Archives
Trust is interested in receiving donations of material from individual
or groups – maternity consumer or professional - in particular,
but not exclusively, of minutes of meetings, correspondence, submissions,
newsletters and birth statistics. Archives are housed in Birthspirit
Cottage and can be accessed by appointment by contacting WWAT (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Website updated 5 December 2013