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.
Aprivate 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. Having a private obstetrician does not mean you will get private care if you birth at Auckland Hospital.
Your chosen LMC may provide all maternity care, or may share care with one or more practitioners.