Meet the Team

Alexandra Deas, Clinical Manager, Bethlehem

Alex graduated midwifery in 2004 and prior to that had a background in general nursing. 

Alex has worked extensively in both primary and secondary care environments and has also worked as an LMC.  She set up the antenatal education programme for Bethlehem Birthing Centre and taught the first year of classes at Bethlehem.  She has a passion for education and supporting women and their families to make informed choices.

Being the midwifery leader at Bethlehem enables Alex to combine her love of primary birthing with leading an exceptional team.  Her philosophy centres on education and empowerment of women and whanau, as well as strengthening the community supports and networks for new mothers.


Bonni Higham, Administrator, Bethlehem 

Bonni moved to New Zealand with her family in 2006 from South Africa and lived in East Auckland until relocating to Bay of Plenty with her husband in 2019.

She has two daughters, Kim who is a primary school teacher, and Kerryn a midwife.

After completing a National Certificate in Medical Administration in 2015 she has worked in the Health and Disability Sector and enjoyed building strong relationships with clients and her colleagues alike.

Bonni enjoys the interaction with not only the mums and dads coming to Bethlehem Birthing Centre but also seeing the excitement of the wider whanau when they arrive to meet the new pēpi.

When you arrive at reception whether you are here for the birth of your baby, a visitor or attending a clinic, you are guaranteed to be greeted with a friendly smile.

Bonni is enjoying being part of the caring team at Bethlehem and looks forward to being able to provide you with the best customer care possible.

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier”

Mother Teresa