Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Midwives deserve recognition


Midwives deserve recognition

International Day of the Midwife, celebrated around the world tomorrow, is a perfect opportunity for all New Zealanders to recognise a profession that plays a vital role in the health sector but is often overlooked, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.

“Midwives are at the forefront of maternity care - more than 90 per cent of Kiwi mums have a midwife as their lead maternity carer, providing support during pregnancy, birth and for up to six weeks after a baby is born.

“Their work has contributed to world-leading service and reductions in infant and maternal mortality, premature births, and low birth weight rates.

“Midwives, along with other women’s groups, took and won this country’s first equal pay for equal work case and in 1990 won the right to practice independently of nurses, opening up new ways of working. There are now some 2700 midwives in New Zealand.

“Despite that, the profession is still struggling for recognition in some quarters, not least of which is the Government’s super agency, MBIE, whose annual ‘Occupational Outlook’ report completely ignores midwifery as a career option.

“Promoted by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, the publication does a huge disservice to what is, of necessity, a female-dominated profession, by doing so.

“Tomorrow would be the perfect time to make amends,” Annette King said.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Sounds Like A Plan: Auckland Council Receives Unitary Plan Recommendations

A key milestone in New Zealand planning history was reached today when the Independent Hearings Panel delivered the reports containing its recommendations on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. More>>

ALSO:

National Park Expansion: Forests And Coast Of Kahurangi Protected

Five parcels of high value land totalling more than 890 hectares have been formally gazetted as part of the National Park. More>>

ALSO:

PPP Go-Ahead: SkyPath Gets Unanimous Support

Auckland’s SkyPath project has been given the go-ahead to be delivered through a public private partnership, after a unanimous decision at today’s Finance and Performance Committee. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Reserve Bank, The UN Shortlist, And Trump

Can there really be there any link between the US presidential elections and yesterday’s RBNZ signals on interest rates and the NZ dollar? Well, maybe. And it would be this: the improving US economy is reportedly putting a tailwind behind the US dollar, and rendering the actions of our Reserve Bank virtually irrelevant. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What John Key Should Be Asking Joe Biden

No doubt, US Vice-President Joe Biden will be updating Prime Minister John Key on the chances of a TPP vote taking place in the ‘ lame duck’ session of Congress that’s held between the November’s election and the inauguration of a new President in January. More>>

ALSO:

Make NZ Make Again: Greens Will Establish A Minister For Manufacturing

The Green Party announced today that it will establish a Minister for Manufacturing in Cabinet, to better represent the interests of manufacturers and ensure they thrive. The Minister will be inside Cabinet and have responsibility for the long-term interests of the manufacturing sector. More>>

ALSO:

Cannabis Party: Treasury Figures On Cost Of Criminalisation

Figures released by Treasury prove the economic viability of The Cannabis Party's policy, while destroying the credibility of police claims about cannabis harms. More>>

ALSO:

Green Party: Investigation Into Mental Health Facilities Shows Disarray

The Health Minister must urgently launch an inquiry into mental health services, after serious issues with the standard of care at mental health and disability facilities around the country were revealed today, the Green Party said. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news