Midwife – Base and Hawera Maternity

  • Permanent
  • Taranaki

Taranaki District Health Board

0.9FTE (72 Hours per Fortnight)
Permanent Position
Vacancy TAR00497

The Taranaki District Health Board (TDHB) is the primary provider of health services to the 116,600 people of the Taranaki Region: http://www.tdhb.org.nz/

There are around 1500 Primary and Secondary births per year throughout Taranaki. Five obstetricians provide secondary maternity care at Taranaki Base hospital, two of which are visiting specialists to Hawera hospital to provide outpatient secondary antenatal clinics. Community self employed midwives and a local GP access Hawera primary maternity facility to provide primary maternity care for women within the area. There is one primary birthing room in Hawera maternity unit, facilitating approximately 80-90 births per year under the care of a Lead Maternity Carer. Additionally there are four primary postnatal rooms to provide inpatient postnatal care for Hawera births and postnatal transfers from Taranaki base hospital.

At Taranaki base hospital there is a delivery suite that provides both antenatal and labour care and consists of six birthing rooms and seven antenatal beds. The Post Natal ward consists of 18 to 21 beds. The Neo Natal Unit is a level 2A unit with 6 cots to provide care to babies from 28 weeks gestation.

The successful candidate will provide midwifery care based predominantly at Hawera maternity unit, to provide intrapartum support to the LMC, intrapartum midwifery care to clients under the responsibility of the GP and to provide inpatient postnatal midwifery care. There may be times it is required to work as part of a multidisciplinary team at Taranaki Base Hospital in the antenatal, intrapartum, postnatal ward or Neo Natal unit, to ensure the best possible outcome is achieved for the women and their families.

The ideal candidates may also choose to provide a small caseload of self employed LMC services in the area and will have the following attributes:

  • Hold a current New Zealand Midwifery registration and Annual Practicing Certificate.
  • Preferably one year postgraduate experience however New Graduates are welcome to apply.
  • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Have a commitment to quality assurance and accreditation principles.
  • Be able to work rostered shifts in all areas of the maternity unit: antenatal, labour and the postnatal ward.

The Maternity Unit is family centred and the staff are committed to providing a quality service. The goal of the Unit is to provide the mother with a safe and positive birthing experience with the necessary knowledge and skills to enable her and her family to care for their baby, with there being an emphasis on parenting skills and breastfeeding.

Come and live in the region that has just been named the world’s second top region to visit in 2017 by Lonely Planet!

In Taranaki, it is easy to achieve an enviable lifestyle without having to compromise your career path. The region’s amazing mountain, rivers, lakes, fantastic coastline and outstanding surfing and tramping opportunities, masses of parks and gardens, as well as a major events calendar, make it a great place to live and work.

The Taranaki District Health Board is a large organisation (1,800 staff, $325m cost-centre) operating in the exciting, changing Health sector.

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Applications close on 10 December 2017.

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