At Birthing Centre Ltd our vision is to work in partnership with families to effect an informed, active and natural birthing experience.
Bethlehem Birthing Centre opened in November 2014. We are opening new birthing centres in Palmerston North and Melling (Wellington) in 2017, with more planned for around the country.
OUR VALUES AND PHILOSOPHY
Commitment – To the goal of giving our best care to all mothers and babies
Respect – For the privacy of mothers and the facility
Enthusiasm – For the vital role each person plays in the preparation for giving birth
Diversity – In the way we value individual choice in birthing practices
Integrity – In the importance we place on the health and well-being of mother and child by exposure to teaching and learning while in our care
Trust – That our actions promote honest, open communications and action
Bethlehem Birthing Centre has embraced the traditional Double Twist Maori symbol.
This depicts two shoots entwined and growing together. It represents the joining of people and cultures, and a bond of love and friendship for life. Our birthing centre emulates the philosophy of our logo.
Meet The Team
Chloe Wright, Co-Founder/ Director
Chloe Wright has spent 20 years working to make a difference in the lives of young children through early childhood education. Chloe and her husband Wayne jointly owned New Zealand-wide childcare business Kidicorp, now named BestStart Educare, before transferring the ownership to registered charity the Wright Family Foundation in March 2015.
Chloe is passionate about offering women a new birthing choice in Tauranga, as well as being able to make a positive impact on a child’s life from the moment of birth through the centre’s dedication to enhancing birthing experience and post-natal care.
Chloe started the birthing centre with the desire to give New Zealand babies the best opportunity for a positive start in life.
An experienced mum, Chloe gave birth to five children. She loved the birthing experience and savoured the knowledge she was taught, and support she was given.
Her own experiences have inspired her to establish Bethlehem Birthing Centre to share that support and knowledge with the next generation of mums – and beyond.
Chloe has a passion for helping children, their families and their community, particularly those in vulnerable circumstances.
Sarah Pike, Clinical Manager
Sarah Pike is Bethlehem Birthing Centre’s Clinical Manager. Sarah comes to the role as a midwife with over 22 years clinical experience, and a background of general nursing.
Sarah strives to ensure a great service for birthing mums and their babies. She is passionate about keeping abreast of current changes within midwifery, to ensure the service continually improves.
She aims to facilitate the highest quality of safe care, with the women and their families, together with the midwives, at the heart of the decision making.
Sarah previously worked at a birthing centre in the UK for 15 years, and more recently ran a midwifery practice in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. She is passionate about ensuring women and their families feel empowered to make informed choices around their birth experiences and their baby.
Shauna Walters, Lactation Consultant
Shauna Walters is a Lactation Consultant for Bethlehem Birthing Centre. She is a Registered Nurse and Board Certified Lactation Consultant with extensive experience in Maternity, Newborn Care, and Women’s Health.
Shauna has previously worked in equivalent roles at the Kaitaia Maternity Unit, Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) in Whangarei Base Hospital, and in Canada at Kelowna General Hospital, where her diverse role in charge of staffing and patient care saw her career growth continue.
Shauna is passionate about supporting birthing mothers and their LMCs to create a positive natural birth experience.
Michelle Redmond, Operations Manager
Michelle Redmond has worked for Bethlehem Birthing Centre since June 2016 and is its Operations Manager – the same role she previously held at the Eastern Bay of Plenty Primary Health Alliance in Whakatane.
Prior to this she worked at Sport Bay of Plenty as a lifestyle coach, delivering the Green Prescription, which is a programme providing exercise and nutrition advice to medically referred clients. At the same time she was also running her own business (a Les Mills RPM studio and CrossFit gym).
Michelle has 15+ years’ experience in the health and fitness industry and lived in London for 12 years, where she worked as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, along with various office jobs. She studied for a Master’s Degree (in Physical Activity and Public Health) while in London.