We were lucky enough to be interviewed and featured in the Time of your life magazine. Below is the online pdf of the magazine which is distributed worldwide in order to promote Napier City and all it has to offer.
CARING FOR NAPIER’S NEWEST RESIDENTS
Ila Northe, Julie Kinloch and Bec Heyward share a common philosophy – birth is a normal life event. As midwives their goal is to provide women with minimal intervention births, and with statistics showing more than 80% of their clients experiencing this, these ladies can be proud of their successful birthing record.
words : kate scannell photography : richard brimer
With a collective experience level of over 70 years, it is easy to see why expectant mothers from all over Hawke’s Bay choose Napier’s Midwifery Service. The practice was established on Kennedy Road over 18 years ago by Ila Northe and Julie Kinloch, who after all this time still say that, “Births never stop being amazing.” Together with colleague Bec Heyward, the team has formed a tightknit bond that is underpinned by common beliefs.
“We believe that women can birth safely and gently in whichever birth environment they choose.”
The role of these midwives is to support women throughout their birth experience.
“We act in partnership with women and their families, sharing decision making, knowledge and skills.”
Expectant mothers are encouraged to make their first midwife visit as early as possible. “The initial visit is all about getting to know each other and answering any questions that the mother-to-be might have,” says Ila. “We have a lot of information and knowledge to share with these women. For first time mothers however, it can be a lot to take in, so we give them a broad overview of what they can expect and then focus on each stage of pregnancy as the weeks progress.”
Going with the flow
The three-strong team at The Midwifery Service work in partnership in a supportive and dynamic fashion. These ladies know that no two births are ever the same, so ‘going with the flow’ is an important part of their service. They provide advice to aid in maintaining good health, as well as arranging important check-ups such as blood tests and scans.
Julie Kinloch says that, “Every woman is different; we are there to support them in their birth experience and help them to make informed choices about the range of birthing options available to them.”
Midwifery is a free service which is important in all stages of pregnancy, as well as in the weeks that follow. “Babies don’t come with instruction manuals,” says Ila. “We know that it can be a stressful time for mothers and we are there to offer our support and advice. We are passionate about the service we provide and will help women through every stage of their pregnancy, birth and postnatal care.