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The midwife works in partnership with women to give them the necessary support, care and advice during pregnancy, labour, and the postpartum period up to six weeks; to facilitate births; and to provide care for the newborn.

The midwife understands, promotes, and facilitates the physiological processes of pregnancy and childbirth, identifies complications that may arise in mother and baby, accesses appropriate medical assistance, and implements emergency measures as necessary. When women require referral, midwives provide midwifery care in collaboration with other health professionals.

Midwives play an important role in health and wellness promotion and education for the woman, her family, and the community. Midwifery practice involves informing and preparing the woman and her family for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenthood, and includes certain aspects of women's health, family planning, and infant well-being.

The midwife may practice in any setting, including the home, the community, hospitals, or in any other maternity service. In all settings, the midwife remains responsible and accountable for the care she provides.

Sourced from: Midwifery Council of New Zealand

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