Kapiti Midwives has provided midwifery care to women on the Kapiti Coast since 1992. We are a group of six midwives who share similar philosophies surrounding labour and birth. We support each other professionally and personally and work well as a team.
I’ve been a midwife for more than 35 years and love helping guide women and their families through pregnancy, birth, and the postnatal period. I was a registered nurse in New Zealand before training as a midwife in the UK.
Before I moved to the Kapiti Coast in the early 1990s, I worked in delivery suites in Dunedin and Palmerston North.
I grew up in Scotland and love the outdoors. In my spare time I enjoy cycling, hiking and gardening. I’m married with three adult children, three adult step-children, three grandkids, four chickens, one cat, and two dogs.
I am a Scottish trained registered nurse and midwife. I was a founding member of Kapiti Midwives in 1992, and have worked with the group for various lengths of time since then.
I have also worked in the local maternity unit and in Wellington Women’s Hospital. I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), I use this knowledge and experience in my midwifery practice.
I provide care to women wherever they choose to birth, and provide postnatal care in the home environment. I am married with three adult children.
Birth is a normal life event and I believe all women are entitled to the most holistic and natural childbirth experience that is appropriate for them.
My name is Gwen Ryan and I live in Raumati Beach and I have four children. Since 2008 I have been working with Kapiti Midwives, an established group on the Coast. I have also spent some time working as a core midwife in the hospital setting.
I encourage women to birth in a setting that is appropriate for them, this may be at home or at the local birthing unit. If there are risk factors present then birth at Wellington Hospital is recommended. We will work together on the decision making during pregnancy. I encourage women to take responsibility for their pregnancy and encourage healthy diet and exercise.
I have five children, and my experience with my midwife inspired me to become a midwife too. I care for women having a home birth or a Paraparaumu Maternity Unit birth and if required I follow women through to Wellington Hospital if there are complications.
I believe women are inherently designed to give birth. I love the journey we take together to achieve what is a safe and satisfying birth experience for you.
I completed my three year Bachelor of Midwifery Degree at Massey University in Wellington. My background has been in the biological sciences, followed by Antenatal Education with Kapiti Birthing on the Coast. I also have strong connections with the Kapiti Homebirth Support group for which I was the coordinator for five years.
My philosophy on pregnancy and childbirth is that it is a normal physiological life event, and given the right environment and supportive midwifery care every woman and her family will have a rewarding childbirth experience with dignity and respect.
I plan to work in partnership with women and their families, using my skills and knowledge to promote health and wellbeing for women and their babies during the antenatal period, childbirth and six weeks after their baby is born.
For me it is an honour to be a midwife and to be invited to share in this most special time during a woman and her family’s life.
I live in Raumati Beach with my four children.
I moved to Kapiti in 1996 to take up a teaching career but was later inspired to become a midwife by the amazing care my family received from our midwife. As a mum of two young children I understand the importance and unique nature of the relationship you will develop with your midwife and how this can make such a difference to your experience. I provide one to one midwifery care for women from Pukerua Bay to Otaki with options to birth at home, Paraparaumu or if complications arise, Wellington Hospital.
I am in awe of the innate strength of women and the ability of our bodies to grow, give birth and nourish our babies and hence am committed to supporting the natural processes during pregnancy, birth and postnatal period. It can be a very exciting and/or daunting time and you may have many questions that I would love to help answer. I offer you support, guidance and information to help you make decisions that feel best for you. I’m supported in this first year of practice by my mentor midwife, my awesome colleagues at Kapiti Midwives, my family and the NZ College of Midwives.
I live in Otaihanga on the Kapiti Coast with my husband and two children.
How our practice works:
You will choose a midwife who will then work in partnership with you throughout your experience. We encourage you to meet the other midwives in our practice as there will be times when your chosen midwife is unavailable. We take two weekends off call each month so there are generally three midwives available for you on any weekend. If you go into labour the weekend your midwife is off call, then a back-up midwife will support you to give birth, however this doesn’t happen very often. We also take holidays at various times of the year and must attend educational training. Sometimes we need to reschedule appointments at short notice.
From time to time we have midwifery students working with us and your consent for their presence and participation is always sought.
A student midwife’s role varies from one of observation and support, to a hands on role beside the midwife. A student can be a valuable extra pair of hands in supporting you during your labour.