About Us


The New Zealand College of Midwives (NZCOM) is the professional organisation and recognised ‘voice’ for both employed ‘core’ and self-employed ‘community’ midwives. NZCOM represents over 2000 members and works in partnership with maternity consumer groups and individual women to ensure high quality maternity and midwifery services in New Zealand. NZCOM is made up of regional committees which function autonomously and have their own constitutions which align to the national NZCOM constitution and overall objectives of maintaining a quality maternity service, ensuring midwifery practice standards and supporting midwives to provide woman-centred care. Regional Committees are all volunteers and each region organises it’s own meetings and other activities. Each of the regional Chairpersons are part of the National Committee (the governance body of NZCOM) and have a key role in raising regional midwifery related issues at a national level and ensuring that items of national interest to midwifery are brought to the regions.


Michele Lord



I have been a midwife for 26 years in the Waikato Region, I have been practicing as an LMC Midwife for all of this time. It is now time for me to give back to my profession that has given me so much. I am also an MSR Reviewer  for NZCOM, and the LMC Representative on MQSP Te Whatu Ora Waikato.

I am passionate about caring for women and their whanau. I empower women to make informed decision making throughout their maternity journey. I am looking forward to learning more about the midwifery profession, in this new role.

I live in Hamilton with my husband,  my adult children have all left the nest, and I am a Nana to one.

I look forward to serving the midwifery community over the next few years in my role in the Waikato Region.


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Stacey Foster

Vice Chairperson


I have been a Midwife for 9 years, in that time I have been an LMC, a Core Midwife and the Clinical Midwife Specialist for the Waikato Regional Diabetes Service.

Prior to becoming a Midwife, I was a Registered Nurse working primarily in the NICU at Waikato Hospital. I am currently working in urban Hamilton as an LMC, I continue to have a special interest in Diabetes care.

I am passionate about providing woman centred care and empowering women to make informed choices throughout their maternity journey.

I am a proud Mama of two amazing young people, seeing them grow and start to forge their own life paths brings me my greatest joy.

I love being a Midwife and look forward to contributing to the Midwife community in the Waikato Region.

Currently Vacant


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Rachael Harris


I am excited to be in the midwifery space in the Waikato. Both midwifery and the Waikato are reasonably new to me. I am a kiwi who grew up in Nelson.  I ventured to the North Island in my early 20’s whilst working in the corporate world as a chartered accountant.

After having my two children my interest in midwifery was born and I decided to retrain when my family and I moved to the Waikato from Auckland to be closer to family. I am currently an LMC in central Hamilton and look forward to making a valuable difference to the woman and whanau I am lucky enough to walk alongside.

I am happy to be putting both my accounting and midwifery skill sets to use in my role as treasurer for the Waikato region.

Waikato NZCOM Regional Representatives

Breast Pump Coordinator

Julia Fransen – Phone (021) 069 8118

Health Quality & Safety Commission (HQSC) Maternity Morbidity Review Working Group

Currently vacant

Midwifery Employee Representation & Advisory Service (MERAS)

Jo Simpson,  Sam Coffey, Ellen de Smet & Hayley Rae

Midwifery Standards Reviewers (Midwives)

Rachel Cassie, Angela Hindman, Sue Holdom, Annette Jellyman, Michelle Keen, Rachel Taylor

Midwifery Standards Reviewers (Consumers)

Lee Sanft, Marilla Swift, Cat Taylor

Resolutions Committee

Sabine Weil & Sally Poulgrain – Email : waikatoresolutions@gmail.com

NZCOM Representatives

Midwifery Council:
  • Board Member: Debbie Fawcett
  • Expert Witness: Fiona Hermann
  • Competency Reviewer: Rebecca Clewlow, Liz James
Newborn Metabolic Screening Programme Technical Group:
  • Sheryl Wright