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As a member of Pasifika Midwives Aotearoa, Tish had been part of a collective who envisaged having a primary birthing unit in Māngere for many years.
“Birthing Centre and the Wright Family Foundation have been able to manifest that vision for us,” she says. Similar philosophies of family values have drawn her to the organisation.
Tish is a New Zealand-born Samoan midwife, a mother and a grandmother. She came to midwifery 22 years ago as a mature student.
After graduating she worked as a midwife at Counties Manukau District Health Board and remained there in various roles, including her last as Charge Midwife Manager of the high-risk antenatal and postnatal ward at Middlemore Hospital. “I had three home births myself and after working in high-risk secondary care I decided to put my name in the hat for this role and return to what originally drew me to midwifery - primary birthing.”
Tish is very involved in midwifery professionally and, through the work of Pasifika Midwives, is invested in workforce development and improved care for all women and their whanau.
When she is not at Nga Hau Māngere she enjoys spending quality time with her family, especially her “mokos” (grandchildren).
Chantal Naidoo born and brought up in South Africa immigrated to NZ 24 years ago with her parents and brothers. Chantal is married and has an 11 year old daughter.
Chantal has been involved in the community for a very long time. She started her career in Travel & Tourism business and computer studies after a lot of traveling and enjoying her single life, Chantal got married and after having her daughter Chantal felt she wanted to be involved in the community. Thereafter she went on to study Community Health Science and went on to working with Māori organisations to set up parenting classes, teaching young mums how to breastfeed and support them through their amazing journey. Chantal has worked with Middlemore DHB for numerous years in different areas, New Born Hearing Screening, Woman’s Health, High Risk Antenatal Clinics and Diabetes Antenatal Clinics. Chantal is very well know by all the south Auckland midwives and has a wide knowledge of midwifery as she worked at AUT Midwifery School Health & Science as a Midwifery Simulation Technician.
Chantal is very passionate about working with the community and with all the skills and knowledge she brings to Nga Hau Birthing Centre will ensure that every mum that comes through the doors of Nga Hau Birthing Centre is given all the support they need. She is very customer focused and passionate and will make you feel you are the most important person when you enter the Birthing Centre.