What Services are Offered?


Karene provides total midwifery care during each stage of your journey.

During Pregnancy: During her first visit, Karene will talk to you about your hopes for your pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal time. In addition, she will take your complete health and obstetric history and do an antenatal check. That initial visit is followed with routine antenatal visits which include an antenatal check and a chance to catch up and ask questions. Typically, you would meet every six weeks until week 28, then every three weeks until week 36 and then every week until the birth. In addition to those routine visits Karene is available for telephone support and can make additional visits if required.

During Labour and Birth - When you think you are going into labour, you would typically call Karene. In the pre-labour phase, she will provide ongoing support (either by phone or in person). In the established labour phase, she will attend and support you until the birth and then stay until the placenta has birthed, breastfeeding has happened and everyone is well and happy. In the rare occasions that additional resources are needed, Karene can refer you to those resources while maintaining continuity of care.

Postnatal Care - The postnatal care that you receive will depend on your individual needs. Typically, Karene will visit you and your baby 9-10 times over the first six weeks. Approximately 4-5 of those visits will be in the week immediately following the birth. During these visits Karene will support you with breastfeeding and post-natal care. She will assess your baby (including weighing and health checks). In addition, she offers support for you and your family in those first days and weeks of mothering and parenting. At six weeks, during the discharge visit, she does a final complete health check of you and your baby.

In addition, Karene can provide you with information about homeopathy and herbs, as appropriate. She also offers the use of books, videos and other resources. On request, she can provide a birthpool and caliphont for home births.

What Area is Covered?

Karene works with women who live in the Waikato, Waipa and surrounding areas including Arapuni, Cambridge, Hamilton, Kawhia, Karapiro, Kihikihi, Ngahinapouri, Ngutunui, Ohaupo, Oparau, Otorohanga, Pirongia, Te Awamutu, Te Pahu, Te Kuiti and Whatwhata.


What does it Cost?

Midwifery care is free to all NZ residents. See Eligibility for Publicly Funded Health and Disability Services.

What if Karene is Not Available When I Birth?

Karene limits herself to caring for 3-5 women per month to ensure she can personally provide the level of care and personal attention you need.

On the rare occasions where she is unable to assist you personally, because she is either birthing another woman or having time off, she has the backup of a group of midwives. This provides you with the peace of mind of both continuity of practice and likemindedness of practice and philosophy. You will have the opportunity to meet the alternate midwives so that you are familiar with them all.

What is the Next Step?

If you’d like to talk to Karene further about the care she provides, call her to arrange an obligation-free meeting. Her details are provided on the Contact page.

It doesn’t matter if you are only planning your pregnancy. Karene is happy to provide support and counselling around nutrition, health and supplements. She can also provide free Pregnancy testing.

Karene is accountable to both the women and the Midwifery Council of New Zealand to ensure her practice is safe and within the guidelines set out by the Council and New Zealand College of Midwives. To assess the quality of Karene’s practice, she is reviewed annually/biannually by a Midwifery Standards Review Committee, which includes consumer input and is audited by the Midwifery Council approximately every three years.