International Midwives Day is celebrated every year on 5 May.
This year midwives at Pukekohe Maternity Hospital commemorated the day. Adorned in purple, the colour of the midwives' uniform, the group met to celebrate the work they do for women in the community, by gathering for a walk and enjoying a morning tea together.
Lynn Austerberry has been at Pukekohe Maternity for 12 years. "It's good to join the celebration of this day which is celebrated all over the world," she says.
"Pukekohe Maternity Hospital offers all pregnancy care, from labour to post-natal stay. We offer all care for women," she says.
There is also the resource centre available. "It's a drop-in centre for anything related to pregnancy," Lynn says.
The Pukekohe Maternity Hospital has a number of midwives, some self-employed and others part of the Counties Manukau District Health Board.
Caption: Midwives from Pukekohe Maternity Hospital celebrate international midwives day.
Karlene Clarke, Susan Edwards, Rhonda Peters, Kylie Harland, Annette Norris, Barbera Hall, Lindy Bingham and baby Amber, Lynn Austerberry and Di Kempton