What is an LMC?
A lead maternity carer (LMC) is responsible for your care throughout your pregnancy, labour and birth. They also care for you and your baby until your baby is six weeks old.
They have the legal, professional and practical responsibility for making sure you and your baby receive appropriate maternity care.
An LMC can be any of the following:
- A self-employed midwife cares for you during your pregnancy, labour and birth, and when you are at home with your baby.
- Hospital employed midwives work within a team. Together they will care for you during your pregnancy, birth, and when you are at home with your baby.
- A private obstetrician cares for you during your pregnancy, labour and birth and works with self-employed midwives when you are at home with your baby. A private obstetrician charges a fee.
Your chosen LMC may provide all maternity care, or may share care with one or more practitioners.
How do I find an LMC?
For help with finding a midwife, visit the Find Your Midwife page on Healthpoint(external link).
If you live in the Auckland DHB area(external link), you can select to have one of our National Women's Health community midwives as your LMC.
You can also visit our Walk-in Centre for help finding an LMC.
What things will my LMC help with?
Your LMC will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help with things including:
- Developing a plan for your care, including labour and birth.
- Reviewing your general health, including any medical or mental health conditions.
- Regular antenatal visits.
- Visiting you or arranging for you to be visited at the hospital and in your home at least seven times after your baby is born.
- Referring you to your chosen Well Child/Tamariki Ora provider(external link) after the birth of your baby. The midwife will typically hand you over to these services after five weeks.
- Helping you to enrol your baby at a general practice for doctor and practice nurse services.