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Jacinda Ardern pops in to see midwives at Fieldays

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A new mum popped in to meet the midwives at Fieldays today.

The Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, chatted with local midwives late this morning after heading away with a gift from them including a condom, a pregnancy kit and a lollipop.

Liz James says she was really interested in what midwives do.

"We told her about what our role is in rural New Zealand, the amazing women we work alongside and how our service needs to be resourced more appropriately," says Ms James. "We talked about rural maternity units (something we are hearing about in the media a lot right now) and emphasised how important they are in keeping midwives in the area. As primary units are downgraded or services are removed, the workforce moves away - these issues are inextricably linked," she says.

Ms James says the PM was really interested in hearing about what midwives do and the key role they play the positive outcomes women and babies experience in New Zealand.

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