Story: Pregnancy, birth and baby care

Midwife and baby, 1990

Midwife and baby, 1990

From 1990, as a result of a law amendment, midwives could manage pregnancies and births alone. The number of independent midwives grew significantly as a result. Midwife Jenny Johnson helped to deliver Titapu Pairama Lewington not long before the law was amended by Parliament.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1990/2951a/9
Photograph by Ross Giblin

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How to cite this page:

Kerryn Pollock, 'Pregnancy, birth and baby care - Childbirth, 1950s to 1980s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 August 2022)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 24 Oct 2018