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Fiona Heares


Phone:027 715 7785
or:03 455 3806
Web:www.dunedin-midwife.co.nz
Location:I offer antenatal care from 8 Adam St

About Me and My Practice

Kia ora :-)

Midwifery is the ideal profession to work with, care for, and support women in normal pregnancy labour and birth. The New Zealand midwifery model is holistic, encompassing aspects of physical, emotional, and spiritual support which are designed to meet the needs of women becoming new mothers or growing their families.

I believe in the midwifery partnership tenet and promote informed decision making, negotiation, and shared responsibility in your care. This means I will provide you with the evidence-based information you need to make choices for your own health and your baby’s, and I will support the choices you make. This empowers you toward creating the birth experience of your choosing.

Over and above providing you with the most current researched information, it is my responsibility to deliver safe, effective health care. I identify deviations from normal and recommend referral to other healthcare professionals as required. I have developed good collegial relationships during my midwifery education and I am able to work well other healthcare providers.

I have come to midwifery late in life but have found my place in the world in my new profession. I completed a Bachelor of Midwifery degree in 2011, and 2012 is my first year of practice. I am well supported and backed by very experienced midwives with whom I share roooms, and my mentor midwife.

I am loving being a midwife and working with women. I am a 'mature' midwife with my own two grown children who have flown the nest. So I come to midwifery with my own life experiences and knowledge.


Practice Hours

I say my practice hours are Monday - Friday 9-5pm, but in reality a midwife is always on call. During these hours I am available to answer any of your questions.

I do ask that for non-urgent questions you wait until normal business hours as I do need to rest and recharge to provide you with good care.

However, if it is urgent please RING me on my cell phone, not text - as I may not hear a text in the middle of the night :-) If I don't answer my phone, leave a message and I will get back to you asap.

I provide antenatal care from Adam St Midwifery Services on a Tuesday, but may make home visits by prior arrangement.

If you are looking for a midwife, it is important to choose some one you can work with. So I am available for an obligation free chat to talk about my services.

Duration and Cost

Maternity care is free in New Zealand for all Kiwis and some others providing they meet eligibility criteria.

Regular antenatal appointments usually take between 1/2-1 hour, depending on your needs.

A booking visit is 1 1/2-2 hours.

Postnatal visits vary according to your and your baby' needs, but are usually not less than 3/4hr.

Accepted by Insurers

N/A

Formal Qualifications

Bachelor of Midwifery (Otago Polytechnic)
Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology (NZ Medical Laboratory Technologists' Board)
New Zealand Certificate in Science (Auckland Technical Institute)

Other Training or Experience

As a requirement of our annual practicing certification, midwives must participate in a number of compulsory and elective professional development programmes, workshops, and training.
This is a continual and on-going process of professional development based on an agreed professional development plan. Therefore, this is not an exhaustive list.

Involvement in the Reducing caesarean section working group
Smoking cessation
Mama Aroha breastfeeding talk cards workshop
Midwifery technical skills workshop
Pharmacology and Prescribing Workshop
Fetal Surveillance Education programme
Basic suturing workshop
Practical Obstetric Multi-professional Emergency training
Epidural certification

Planned development for later this year includes:

Water Birth workshop
Post dates assessment workshop
OP labour workshop
Spiritual midwifery workshop

Statutory Registrations

Midwifery Council of New Zealand

Memberships of Professional Organisations

Member: New Zealand College of Midwives

Additional Information

Whilst I see myself as an advocate of women, I believe in and support the role of fathers, husbands, and partners because research shows the benefits to pregnancy, birth outcomes, and successful breastfeeding (yes I am a breastfeeding supporter :-) ) when men and families are involved.

On a personal level, I endorse sustainable practices wherever they do not negatively impact on the safe care of women and their babies.

Kind regards,

Fiona :-)