SOMCANZ - Symposium of Maternity Carers NZ
In May 2015 the new-millennium world’s inaugural international conference on Integrative Maternity Healthcare was held in Auckland, New Zealand. It attracted a number of globally renown keynote speakers and exciting local presenters, all focused on the holistic topic of integrative maternity healthcare. The symposium was an outstanding success.
In April 2016 SOMCANZ joined in at the AIMA (Australasian Integrative Medicine Assoc) conference in Auckland, NZ.
In April 2017 the first truly amalgamated AIMA-SOMCANZ conference is being held in Auckland, NZ.
New Zealand has the worldwide reputation as providing nationally the best maternity health on the planet, lead by holistic midwifery maternity care, and supported by cutting-edge obstetric medicine.
Until SOMCANZ, maternity health specialists could convene only under their individual professional organisational umbrellas. SOMCANZ is the first national (and international) gathering for all maternity professionals and maternity specialist modalities, to connect and communicate with each other. From Midwives to Medical Herbalists, from Hypnobirthers to Homeopaths, from Obstetricians to Osteopaths – and every therapeutic discipline in-between; with our collective goal being to uphold the World Health Organisation mandate:
“Optimal health and well-being are inclusive of the physical, social, psychological, emotional and spiritual dimensions of life.”
A revolutionary Maternity-Care
cross-discipline exchange of
enlightened experience and radical ideas;
in a medically professional
and universally holistic environment of
Definition:"Integrative Maternity Care"
When the medical and the holistic,
the contemporary and the traditional,
the mainstream and the alternative
all respect how they complement each other
and form a united revolution of evolution,
to create the ultimate in Best Maternity Care.
NZCOM Consensus Statement
The New Zealand College of Midwives recognises
that complementary therapies such as homoeopathy, rongoa, herbal therapy, aromatherapy, naturopathy and acupuncture may have important effects on the progress of pregnancy, labour and birth, and the postnatal period for both the woman and her baby.
Midwives incorporating these therapies into their practice should either have undertaken a recognised education programme or refer clients to
appropriately qualified practitioners.