Rachel Abery

Hi there! My name is Rachel Abery and I hold a Bachelor of Midwifery from Ara (formerly Christchurch Polytechnic). I am moving to Auckland in September 2019 and will be working alongside the other wonderful midwives at Kate Sheppard Midwifery and birthing out of North Shore Hospital. My colleagues are generously providing antenatal care to women wishing to book with me as their lead maternity carer (LMC midwife) until I arrive and can take over that care in mid/late September 2019.

I have two children of my own and it was my first pregnancy in 2011 that opened my eyes to the wonderful world of midwifery. Each woman’s journey is unique, and I look forward to working with you as your pregnancy progresses. I support women to make informed decisions in their pregnancy, labour and birth, and postnatal period which empowers them to give informed consent for any and all screening and diagnostic testing during this time.

I enjoy supporting women in which ever labour and birth space they choose and feel comfortable in. I offer to complement that choice with sacral release massage, water, heat, rebozo, aromatherapy and music therapy. All of this is designed to customise your birthing space to be one of that supports and nurtures your connection to your baby during your labour. Conversely, I am also able to provide secondary care in a hospital environment, including epidural care if required.

Please get in touch with our wonderful team at if you would like to book with me. I am available for women due in October onwards and will be working throughout the Summer. I look forward to meeting you!

Tracy Bishara

After gaining a Bachelor of Health Science (Midwifery) in 2006 I began working as an independent midwife. I love being in partnership with women and their families during pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period. I provide informed choice and consent which enables women to be responsible and in control of their childbirth experience. I enjoy working with Louise Lilley and together we provide continuity of care as Lead Maternity Carers.

I am married with two beautiful daughters and thanks to my very supportive husband I am able to live my dream of being a midwife. In my spare time I enjoy boating, watching movies, reading, relaxing with family and friends and having fun with our recent addition to the family, Casper, a Bichon Frise.

Lorainne Cook

I have always enjoyed working with women and their families. As my children are independent adults with children of their own, I am able to commit to the lifestyle that independent midwifery requires. Over the last ten years I have supported many women and their families through their journey into parenthood.

I am happy to provide full independent midwifery care, or to share care with a specialist obstetrician. Ensuring you are fuly informed at all times and supporting you in your personal choices, while making sure both mother and baby are healthy and safe is my absolute priority.

My bachelor of Health Science (Midwifery) degree allows me to work in a role I love, giving me fulfilment and allowing me to make lifelong friendships.
Family is very important to me and I like to spend my spare time with my children and grandchildren.

Jackie Graham

I am a 52-year-old mother of five and grandmother to seven beautiful children. It was the birth of my first two grandchildren that made me pursue a midwifery career. I studied at AUT in Auckland and hold a BHSC in midwifery.

I worked at North Shore Hospital for two years before becoming an independent midwife. My aim is to facilitate women to have the birth experience they desire within the realms of safety. I love my work and feel privileged to be a part of this life-changing event.

Cloris Li

The continuity of care is always my passion as an LMC midwife, as it allows me to spend enough time with women and their families so that women will be empowered to make their decisions regarding the care they wish.

I provide continuity of midwifery care throughout your pregnancy, the birth of your baby and the postnatal period up to 4-6 weeks. I do deliveries at North Shore Hospital. I’m also a childbirth educator at Birthcare Parnell and teach mandarin antenatal classes.

I work with my like-minded midwifery partner Aili Hua, who I ensure my clients meet during the antenatal period in the event that I’m unavailable.

I hold my antenatal clinic every Tuesday.

大家好, 我是Cloris Li, 是一名工作在奥克兰北岸和西区的新西兰注册助产士。我从AUT毕业之后就到了北岸医院工作,在那里工作期间,学到了不少照顾高危妊娠妇女以及产后需要特殊护理的新生儿宝宝的知识和经验。然而,我个人认为怀孕和生产对每个育龄女青年来说都是一个正常的生理过程,每个产妇对其妊娠和分娩的要求以及需求都是不一样的。对孕妇们连贯连续性的照顾是我对独立助产士这个行业最向往的部分,在最大程度上达到她们对自己妊娠以及分娩的需求。我提供从怀孕12周起到生产以及产后4到6周产后护理的服务,同时也很乐意在以私人妇产科专家作为主要母婴看护人的条件下提供我的专业助产士护理服务。我在奥克兰的北岸医院接生。我工作上的搭档是跟我拥有相同职业理念的花爱丽助产士。我同时也在Parnell的Birthcare教授中文的产前课程。

Janet Lovegrove

I am lucky enough to be the mother of two wonderful sons who are young adults now. It has been an amazing journey negotiating the different stages of their lives.

I have worked as an independent midwife on the North Shore of Auckland since 2000 as part of the Kate Sheppard Midwifery group. I have enjoyed being part of a supportive group of midwives and obstetricians.

I trained in South Africa, first as a nurse and then as a midwife, qualifying in 1984. I have subsequently done a degree in health service management, occupational health and community health. I immigrated to New Zealand in 1998. I first worked at North Shore Hospital as a midwife then a midwife consultant, leaving to become a founding member of Kate Sheppard Midwifery.

Midwifery was always my passion since my first day in delivery suite. The miracle of new life has never ceased to amaze me and I feel incredibly privileged to be part of this very special time in the lives of so many amazing women and their families. I believe that each woman is an individual with unique needs. I enjoy the continuity of care that independent midwifery allows me to practise.

Lizzie Pike

Hi, I’m Lizzie. I am a registered midwife with a BHSc (Midwifery) qualification. I love being able to support women and their families during pregnancy, birth and in the beginning weeks of parenthood.

I am married to Jeff, and we have 2 children, Lilly and Riley. I discovered my love for midwifery after the birth of my daughter in 2007. Previously, I was a Beauty Therapist and decided to change my career and follow my passion.

I strive to provide up to date evidence-based information with individualised, thorough care and I approach each pregnancy without bias. I am there to support you in whichever way is best for both you and your baby. I am supportive of woman’s choice and I am committed to providing a positive birth experience.

I am happy to provide care to low risk women who wish to birth in water and I also have a passion to support women wanting a vaginal birth after caesarean (VBAC).

As an option for your pregnancy care, I will happily provide shared care with one of our private obstetrician from the Beginning’s Birthing team.

I conduct my clinics on Mondays and Wednesdays at the rooms in Albany.

Being pregnant and giving birth are life-changing events and I look forward to having the privilege of being a part of your unique journey.

Kathryn Powell

I am a mother of two beautiful children Emma and Max, and it was having them that helped me realise my passion for midwifery.

I trained at AUT and went on to work as a core midwife at North Shore Hospital before going out independent and joining Kate Sheppard.

My midwifery philosophy is that birth is a natural event and I believe in helping families to have an enriching experience as possible in this amazing time in their lives. I advocate and support all women in whatever experience they are looking for within the midwifery scope of practice. I am excited about the postnatal period and supporting families in their transition to parenthood.

Hayley Powell

Hi, my name is Hayley and I am a New Zealand trained registered midwife with a BHSc (Bachelor of Health Science – Midwifery).

Prior to midwifery, I worked as a qualified nanny for 2 years aided by my NZ certificate in Nanny Education, before pursuing my dream of becoming a midwife.

My role as a midwife is to provide safe, individualised, women-centred care during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. I provide care that reflects evidence-based practice, and I strive to work in partnership with you and your family, supporting informed choice along the way. I endeavour to advocate for positive pregnancy and birthing experiences, and feel very privileged to be able to support women during an extremely wonderful and empowering time.

I hold my clinics on a Wednesday, and currently offer birthing at North Shore Hospital.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!