Midwives say the time to push is now!
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Posted December 05, 2019
Midwives affected by the Ministry of Health system they feel undervalues their contribution to our communities are asking for support to sustain the world class Maternity Midwifery system in Aotearoa.
The New Zealand College of Midwives has launched a petition asking politicians to prioritise women, babies and whānau by supporting midwives better.
Aptly named ‘The Time to Push is Now’, midwives have made a public plea saying, “We urgently need your help to encourage politicians to prioritise maternity care by putting in place an updated funding arrangement that pays community midwives fairly.”
Remote rural midwives are struggling to service their communities and keep up with their workload in areas like the Coromandel.
Midwives have been asking for pay parity and to be paid fairly for the work they do. They believe, due to a lack of support over working conditions and pay, the service is at risk.
“We need decision-makers to hear our message,” they say. Midwives believe their pay does not reflect the work they do and the support they receive is inadequate due to neglect by successive governments. Pay and working conditions for the community-based midwives have been eroded, yet their role has become more complex.
For more than four years the College of Midwives has been negotiating with the Ministry of Health to achieve ‘fair and reasonable’ pay for community-based midwives.
“We urgently need your help to encourage politicians to prioritise maternity care by putting in place an updated funding arrangement that pays community midwives fairly”#backmidwives.