Our midwives

helen-bryant.jpgHelen Bryant

Hi everyone. I have worked as a midwife in various settings since qualifying in Scotland 1986. I have been in independent midwifery practice since 1992. At present I am working within the West Auckland area as an independent midwife, with Yvonne Daji and Linda Norman as backup midwives. I am also a registered nurse and the mother of two daughters. My interests are travelling, patchwork quilting, gardening and walking.

Pregnancy and birth are a special time in your life. Each of you will have different needs and it is important that working together we meet these. I see my role as assisting you through the birth process, encouraging you, your partner to make decisions regarding the care you require. I enjoy being a midwife and hope that with my care you have the birth experience that you hoped for and have made the transition into parenthood confidently.

I am happy to discuss your options with you during the course of your pregnancy. I look forward to hearing from you.

Linda-web.pngLinda Norman

Being a midwife has always held a keen point of interest for me. I started my nursing career in 1977 in Christchurch and became a registered midwife in 1983 so have had the pleasure of supporting women through one of the most important times of their lives for more than 25 years.

I have worked in Cardio Thoracic and Neonatal units prior to becoming a midwife.

Since I became an independent midwife I have found a new passion for my work. I feel this is because of the opportunity to build relationships with women during pregnancy, birth and postnatally. This adds enormous satisfaction to my profession as I oversee the complete birth experience while learning women's individual needs.

I currently live in Whenuapai in West Auckland. I have two daughters who have both completed school and are continuing their studies at university.

It is a privilege to work alongside women and assist with a safe and happy birth experience to the best of my ability.

yvonne-daji.pngYvonne Daji

I have been a registered midwife for the past 16 years. During this time I have provided antenatal, labour and postnatal care to women of all different cultures and ethnic backgrounds.

I was born in Pakistan, coming to NZ when I was 17. My father is Australian and my mother Indian, so I enjoy working with women from different ethnic groups and cultures.

I was a graphic artist and worked at Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, as well as other advertising agencies for 15 years before changing careers to train as a nurse working in the intensive care unit at Greenlane Hospital. I changed to midwifery after a few years, working as a staff midwife on the National Womens High Risk Medical Team. During this time I worked with women with diabetes and other medical problems prior to becoming an independent midwife in 1996.

I am the mother of two adult children and have two grandchildren.

I became a midwife because I wanted to make a difference to women and their families. I believe midwifery is a partnership, based on trust where decisions are made together to achieve the best outcome.

I look forward to working with you and your family to make your childbirth experience a positive and enriching one.

 

Kimberley (Kim) Proctor

Graduating in February 2015, from AUT, with a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Midwifery, I have had the privilege of being involved with the care and births of over 100 women and their families - as they have welcomed their precious babies into this world.  Prior to training as a midwife I was a Primary School Teacher - enjoying the experience of working with children and families from a vast range of ethnicities and backgrounds.  I took time off to raise my three children and during this time, my involvement with Playcentre, saw my passion for working with and supporting mums and babies grow.

I have recently joined the well established Midwives Out West practice and am enjoying working in the supportive team environment they provide.  I am passionate about providing quality care and support - tailored to the individual needs and wishes of the women I am working with.  I carry a small caseload which allows me to meet the needs of my clients and those of my family.

The journey through pregnancy, childbirth and parenting is a special, precious and rewarding experience. I welcome the opportunity to walk alongside you and your family as you travel this journey.