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.

Jenny Baty-Myles

Jenny Baty-Myles



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I have been a midwife for eight years. Prior to midwifery, worked in the Health sector as a Physiotherapist for over twenty years. I live in Hamilton with my husband and two of my three sons. I have worked as an LMC, a brief stint as a core Midwife and am currently in my third year as a Midwifery Educator at Wintec.

I am passionate about caring for wāhine and whānau. I am also passionate about the midwifery profession and educating the midwives of tomorrow, whom I hope will be the change makers of the future. I believe that midwives need to be future focused in our profession to keep it current and move into a dimension of sustainability and equity for midwives and the people that we care for.

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


Tracey Williams

Vice Chairperson


I am a Hamiltonian born and bred although I escaped off on my great OE in my youth like so many others but didn’t end up coming back for 15 years! I originally trained as a teacher but my interest in midwifery was piqued after the birth of my three children who were born in England, Germany and Northern Ireland. Whilst each of these experiences were so different I can hands down say the New Zealand model of care is definitely something to be proud of.

I did my midwifery training at the University of the West of England in Bristol qualifying in 2009. I spent the next 2 years consolidating my skills at the Royal United Hospital in Bath before we packed our bags and returned home to my roots. For the last 10 years I have been employed by Waikato DHB, for the first 2 years as a fulltime core midwife on delivery suite, and the last 8 have been in my current role as Perinatal Clinical Midwife Specialist. I find my role very rewarding and I am passionate about providing a good service to women and their whanau.

I am keen to continue to raise the positive profile of midwives in the community, to champion our collective cause and above all else I am very proud to be a Waikato midwife.


Samantha Coffey



I’m originally from Vancouver Island, Canada and moved to NZ at the end of 2009, with my Kiwi husband, three children, two cats and one large dog. I became interested in becoming a midwife after the birth of our second child but that goal seemed unattainable while living in Canada, instead I spent some time volunteering at Vancouver Island Sexual Health and as a labour support companion for military families based at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt. After our move to Hamilton, I enrolled at Wintec and am now in my 8th year of practice. I work as a midwifery educator as well as a small clinical FTE at Waikato Hospital.

Rebecca Clewlow

Rebecca Clewlow


Hi there, I have been a midwife at the DHB and in the community as an LMC.  I’m originally from the UK, but have lost my accent, we arrived here when I was 10.  I have lived in Hamilton for about 30 years.  I attended university at Massey and completed a psychology degree in the late 80’s and studied midwifery at WINTEC.

Prior to Midwifery I worked in the Corporate world, mainly in Sales and Marketing. I have owned a couple of businesses.  I currently work out of Midwives by Chartwell Clinic, a small clinic across from the mall.

I live in Taupiri where I have 2 parents, 1 husband, 2 daughters, 2 dogs, 2 horses, 13 cows, 8 chickens, 9 ducks and I think that’s the correct order of how difficult they are to look after.

Waikato NZCOM Regional Representatives

Breast Pump Coordinator

Julia Fransen – Phone (021) 069 8118

Find your Midwife

Fiona Hermann

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

Wintec Employer Engagement Group (EEG)

Leanne Mackie

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