BRIAR FERRIS, MIDWIFERY SERVICES
Holistic Midwifery Care You Can Trust
Kia ora and congratulations on your pregnancy!
I believe pregnancy, birth, and becoming a parent are normal but significant events in your life. I feel privileged to share this journey with the whanau I care for. The experience of pregnancy and birth has evolved over the years, especially in today’s modern era. I believe that the need for caring, sensitive and knowledgeable support during this time is important. I see every pregnancy and birth as a miracle and as a Midwife I feel honoured to be able to contribute my expertise to women and families in the Gisborne/Tairawhiti area. I support births in Gisborne maternity and I also have a passion for supporting homebirth.
Every family is unique, so I offer a flexible approach, personalized for each birthing experience. Regardless of what you choose, we will dive into your beliefs and expectations around labour and birth. Together, we will explore your physical and emotional strengths and limitations to ensure you’re completely prepared. Please get in touch to learn more about booking with me.
LABOUR & BIRTH
I offer labour and birth care in your place of choice- either our wonderful local Puawai Aroha Maternity Unit (Gisborne Hospital) or in your home.
Through our antenatal care I will have endeavoured to ensure you have the confidence, skills, and support to have the labour and birth you hope for. I provide midwifery care once you are in established labour and bring with me the skills and confidence to support normal, physiological birth, and the knowledge to identify when labour and birth isn't going quite to plan. To promote safe outcomes responsive to the situation, I work in partnership with the hospital midwives and specialist Obstetricians when needed.
From our initial meeting all the way through your pregnancy and birth, I take the time to get to know you, your concerns and your needs. I provide supportive, empowering care as you transition into becoming a mum.
I promote gentle parenting approaches and support your skills and knowledge as you learn to breastfeed or give advice if you choose to formula feed.
On average most parents can expect at least five home visits by your midwife to check on both mother and baby’s progress. Discharge from your LMC is normally somewhere between week 4-6 when you will be offered to be handed over to a Well Child Provider such as Plunket or Turanga Health for ongoing care.
Midwifery care in NZ is free for all eligible whanau. This care starts from booking around 10 weeks then continues throughout your pregnancy with appointments around 15-16 weeks, 21-22 weeks, 25-26 weeks, 29-30 weeks, then fortnightly until 36-37 weeks, then weekly until birth. Care is provided during labour and birth and then postnatally to 4-6 weeks, with at least 5 home visits.
As a NZ trained midwife I hold a 4 year equivalent Bachelor of Midwifery degree. I am licensed to prescribe for pregnancy and can order all of your tests and scans.
My midwifery partner is Rhos Horgan and we work very closely together to provide fun, outstanding, kind care to our women. We are known as "Kowhai Midwives". You will have the opportunity to meet Rhos during pregnancy. We hold the same values and approach to midwifery care so you are in good hands.
Our Kowhai Midwives clinic is located at 225 Ormond Road, in front of Gordons Pharmacy.
We begin our relationship with a booking visit around 10 weeks where we start to get to know each other and I collect a comprehensive health history. We will have regular antenatal appointments throughout your pregnancy to check on your health and discuss important topics and decisions. I will provide you with information, support, and encouragement for a healthy pregnancy.
The process of informed choice and consent is central to my midwifery philosophy with belief that the decisions around your body, your pregnancy, and your birth belong to you. Making time for discussions and questions you may have is important to me so that we can work together towards holistic, healthy, safe, and individualised care.
“There’s a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.”
To enquire about booking with me as your midwife, please click the "request for Midwifery Booking" button below & I will get back to you as soon as I can.
For other enquiries you can email using the form below.
Phone or txt 027 8000 704