My name is Breda Caiger and I am married with a family of five. I emigrated from Ireland 21 years ago with my husband and children. I come from a background of a large family where home births were normal. My 12 siblings were all born at home.
I have worked in midwifery for the last 14 years having completed Bachelor of Health Degrees in both Nursing and Midwifery.
I work with a group of 10 midwifes called Maternity Associates based in North Shore City. We offer women a choice of home or hospital birth. My midwifery partner is Karen Martin.
My personal strengths are communication, friendliness, calmness under pressure, and combined with my all round experience I am very adaptable. As part of my experience, and passion for smaller communities I have worked in rural outback of Australia.
In my spare time I am a strong family person but I also love meeting other people, travelling and learning about different cultures. I enjoy my garden, growing my own vegetables and keeping my own chickens.
My philosophy for midwifery is to create a partnership with women, and their families, throughout the full process of pregnancy, labour, and postnatal care. To empower a woman to make decisions for herself by providing her with all the information and advice she needs to make a safe, and informed choice, about the birth and have confidence to successfully care for herself and her baby.
I will respect all cultures as different, and will assess each one individually. I am committed to ensuring women of all nationalities, and different cultures, a safe and healthy environment during pregnancy, birth, and postnatal care.
I was born and raised on the North Shore and have been practicing midwifery for over ten years, I enjoy providing care for woman who live on the Shore, Hibiscus Coast and Rodney. I feel that birth is an extremely personal and powerful time and women need to feel confident and supported with the choices they make. I enjoy natural birth, both at home and at North Shore Hospital, I am happy to facilitate water births and/or support woman who need a higher level of care with obstetric input.
Birth can be natural and drug free but each woman needs to make the choices that are right for her, her family/whanau and her particular circumstance. Pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period is an amazing time in any woman’s life but when you look back it is also a relatively short time- becoming a parent and a family is something we do forever and it is my belief that if you lay good foundations at the beginning you will be a stronger more productive person because of this. I look forward to sharing your journey with you.
My midwifery partner at Maternity Associates is Marie-Clair McDonald.
Maternity Associates provides a caring and supportive environment for us to provide you with good maternity care.
Hi, my name is Gemma Sheehy, a registered midwife since 2003. Since graduating from Auckland University of Technology I’ve worked in various settings including staff midwife at North Shore Hospital, Independent with “Know Your Own Midwife” (KYM), i’ve been a registered midwife at north Shore Hospital, case-loading with the Tui team at Birthcare and, most recently, staff midwife at National Women’s, ward 96/98. Is a busy High Risk Antenatal and Postnatal ward, which services all of New Zealand.
While my most recent background is with complicated pregnancy I believe pregnancy and childbirth are a normal life event and should be protected and celebrated as such.
Working as a core midwife I’ve missed the passion and continuity of care that independent midwifery practice allows, caring for women from the early antenatal period right through delivery into the postnatal period until discharge at six weeks old.
Married for 30 years, and I have 3 grown children and a 4 grandchildren, who I helped bring into this world with the help of another midwife from MA, Karen Morgan. I have 3 dogs, 3 cats and 3 fish tanks. (I like the number 3. If you’re having your 3rd baby give me a call). I’m proudly Welsh and have been living in New Zealand for 20 years and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
My journey into midwifery started after I was labour/delivery support person for a friend. Although I’ve had three children myself, being on the other side, seeing the valuable input and dynamics that the midwife brought to the delivery, inspired me.
I provide safe midwifery care to ensure the best possible experience to all the women that we have the pleasure of assisting through this special time. We support birthing at North Shore Hospital and run clinics from Rosedale Road, Albany with postnatal visits being in the home.
My name is Karen Martin. I am a registered Midwife working with Maternity Associates. I am married and have five children; I work on the North Shore and deliver at North Shore Hospital. I work in partnership with Breda Caiger who you will meet antenataly as we provide regular backup cover for each other. I provide full antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care for up to 6wks following the birth.
I provide pregnancy care which is woman focused with the aim to have a healthy and safe pregnancy, providing women with information to make informed choices, and if specialist care is required working in partnership to provide shared care.
Hi, my name is Karen Morgan and I am a registered midwife with a Bachelor of Health Science (Midwifery). I work on the North Shore, of Auckland in a well established midwifery practice.
The birth of my own children has lead me to my becoming a midwife, and being an independent midwife works very well for me in fulfilling my midwifery and parenting roles.
Pregnancy and birth are a special time in your life, therefore it is very important to me that my caseload is of a size where I feel I can offer the women I care for the best service where I am not to busy to spend time with them. Each of you will have different needs and it is important you are treated as an individual. I see my role as a facilitator of the birth process whilst encouraging women and their partners to make decisions regarding the care they require. Hoping that by the time they are discharged from my care they have had the birth experience they hoped for and have made the transition into parenthood confidently.
I provide antenatal care to women in their home if they have no transport, otherwise at Maternity Associates. All post natal care is provided in the community for up to 5 weeks.
My midwifery partner is Delwyn Evans, who practices in a very similar style to myself. During the midwifery relationship I will introduce you to Delwyn, so that if I am unavailable at any time during your pregnancy you will know who you are talking to. This enables us to maintain safe midwifery practice.
Congratulations on finding yourself on the journey to motherhood. I believe pregnancy and childbirth are normal life events and should be protected and celebrated as such. Working as a hospital based core midwife I missed the continuity of care that LMC midwifery practice allows, caring for women from the early antenatal period right through delivery into the postnatal period until discharge at four to six weeks following birth. I aim to work in full partnership with each woman. Which I do by giving and sharing information so each woman can make informed choices on her pregnancy journey.
I work in partnership with my like minded partner, Creaghan Mitchell who you will also get to know during your pregnancy.
I have been a registered midwife since 1998, I graduated in the UK and worked as a staff midwife at two busy maternity units. I moved to NZ in 2005 and became a staff midwife at North Shore Hospital. More recently I have been working here at Maternity Associates as our practice manager and as an LMC at our experienced midwifery practice. I am married to Norman and we have three daughters. In my spare time I love to do things with my family and walk our dogs.
I look forward to being a part of your pregnancy journey.
Hi my name is Sarah Delooze, I am a registered midwife working with Maternity Associates. I moved from the UK in 2001 and have 3 beautiful children. Experiencing childbirth sparked my passion for midwifery and the unique partnership between a midwife, the woman and her family is so precious and was something I knew I wanted to be apart of.
I believe pregnancy and birth are normal life events that should be celebrated and treasured. My role as a midwife is to empower you throughout your journey offering evidence based information which will help you make the best decision for you and your growing family.
I offer continuity of care to women throughout the antenatal, labour and birth. Following the birth of your baby visits will continue at home for up to 6 weeks as you transition into parenthood. I am able to provide antenatal visits at home if required.
Working in a large practice allows me to access a wealth of knowledge with other health professionals. I work closely with Gemma Sheehy who also shares the same philosophies as myself. Between us we are able to provide 24/7 care.