Midwifery & COVID-19

Updated advice for the Maternity sector and pregnant women at Alert Level 1


The information for Maternity and pregnant women at Alert Level 1 has been updated on the Ministry's website. You will notice the advice for community midwives now reflects the new risk assessment questions. Please note the table numbers that accompany the advice to community midwives have changed to align with the table numbers on the updated PPE advice in maternity settings. Please let me know if you require any clarification.


Māori health professional supervision during COVID-19


Kia ora koutou,


He Paiaka Totara is a collective of Māori psychologists.


As a collective we are keen to offer support within the current COVID-19 environment.  We are now able to provide peer supervision undertaken by Māori psychologists, for Māori health professionals (or health professional students) who are working in front-line services and belong to registered affiliated bodies. 


The key purpose of this supervision is:

  • To assist the supervisee to manage stress, maintain personal wellbeing, and continue to provide an ethical/professional standard of practice while providing essential COVID19 clinical services

  • To provide a space for the supervisee to reflect on their personal wellbeing, the wellbeing of their team, and the wellbeing of their Māori clients/patients during the period of lockdown for COVID19

  • This peer supervision does not replace the need for existing/ongoing professional practice supervision


This service will be at no charge to those who access this supervision service, and is intended to be in place while Aotearoa is in Alert 3 or 4 status. A standard supervision contract will be put in place prior to supervision, and health professionals (or students) can opt in for individual or group supervision sessions.


For Māori health managers, we are also able to offer supervision.


For those who are part of this project, online resources will also be made available to further support well-being and professional development.


Please feel free to distribute this information to your collectives, If members of your rōpu are interested in this He Paiaka Totara Māori Health peer professional supervision, they can directly email Lisa Stewart hepaiakatotaracovidresponse@gmail.com for further details.



Ngā mihi,


He Paiaka Tōtara Covid-19 Supervision Response Team


Professor Suzanne Pitama

Ngāti Kahungungu

Director, MIHI

University of Otago, Christchurch


Dr Waikaremoana Waitoki

Ngāti Hako, Ngāti Mahanga

Senior Research Fellow, MPRU

University of Waikato

Tracy Haitana

Te Ātihaunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Research Fellow, MIHI

University of Otago, Christchurch

Lisa Stewart

Te Ātihaunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāpuhi, Tūwharetoa

Director, Māramatanga Consultants Ltd

Hapū Māmā Connecting

Hapū Māmā Connecting (HMC) is an interim toolkit that assists general practice to connect pregnant women with time-sensitive care during COVID-19 and beyond.

Click here for more information

Privacy Policy - updated May 2018

© 2021 by Nga Maia Maori Midwives Aotearoa