Our Team

Jo Cooney – MidwifJo_LRe

My name is Jo, and I’m a U.K. trained midwife of over 10 years. My background is mainly birth centre and normality based, and I have recently moved from a unit in a Scotland that had an incredible 80% water birth rate. I also have a wealth of experience in more ‘high risk’ environments. I am passionate about providing unbiased, evidence based information to women and their whanau, to allow them to become autonomous in their decision making, and make a truly informed choice about all aspects of their care. My heart lies in normality promotion, and I take a holistic approach in my role as a midwife. I believe the key to a lifetime of health and happiness for mother and baby begins with a healthy, happy, physiological pregnancy and birth. But having the opportunity to support women, however they chose to bring their baby into the world is always the most incredible privilege.

‘It’s not just the making of babies, but the making of mothers, that midwives see as the miracle of birth’


JodieJodie_LR Hardy – Midwife

I’m Jodie – I immigrated to New Zealand in 2011 with my husband and we now have 3 children. I trained in England and worked there briefly before moving here. Since coming to New Zealand I have worked in Auckland (Middlemore) as both core and LMC midwife, Taranaki, and Taihape before settling back here in New Plymouth. I am passionate about partnership with women, supporting informed decision making, and being able to get to know the woman and her family/whanau, following through their journey of childbirth.

I support homebirth and birthing at Taranaki Base hospital and look forward to joining you on your journey into parenthood.



Louise Hammond – Midwife

I completed my Bachelor of Midwifery Degree at Otago Polytechnic in 2006. Since graduating I have had a wide range of experience as a midwife, both as a core midwife, and mostly working as a Lead Maternity Carer, initially in Dunedin and then in Southland. I have two wonderful children, Nikau and Ruma, who are now 8 and 5 years old and we are all very excited to be relocating to New Plymouth, where I will commence employment with Partners in Pregnancy in March 2014. I am passionate about my role as a midwife, and thoroughly enjoy supporting women and their whanau throughout their pregnancy, birth and beyond. I am experienced at facilitating birth at home, as well as in a hospital setting. I have many strong interests midwifery wise, including supporting normal physiological birth, supporting and advocating for women where medical concerns do arise, VBAC and breastfeeding.

I am an easy going and down to earth person, and really look forward to getting to know all of the women and families who I will be caring for in New Plymouth. 



AnnetteThomas_LR (2)Annette Thomas – Midwife

I qualified as a Midwife in 1984 (Wellington) after first completing my General Nurse training. I have practiced in Whanganui, Papakura, and then spent nine years in Hawera before moving to New Plymouth over 13 years ago  The last 11 years I have worked within Partners in Pregnancy. I love being a Midwife and enjoy the journey with women and their families during pregnancy, birth and beyond. I aim to promote normal birth and breastfeeding, including Homebirth and Waterbirth. I have two children both now in their  twenties. Paul is a builder on the Gold Coast and Laura has now completed an accounting degree.  I now also have a little grandson Taj who I adore.



kwKylie White – Midwife (Returning April 2019)

I have been working as a midwife in rural Taranaki since 2006 and I joined the Partners In Pregnancy team November 2012.  I am enjoying working with a such supportive team!  I have experience working in all sorts of settings and I like to offer women and their familes choices when it comes to their pregnancy experience.  I have a gentle and caring approach and  I support homebirths and waterbirths.  I get a buzz being involved in the creation of new families.
I am Taranaki born and bred, I currently live in Inglewood.  I  have a 10 year son who helps to fill up my spare time.  We enjoy the beach, sport (esp rugby and netball) and board games.




Debbie Souness DebbieSouness_LR– Practice Manager

I am now employed at Partners In Pregnancy as the Practice manager and no longer have a caseload of my own.  A part of my job is to provide back up to the LMC midwives when they are with birthing women (or sleeping after a birth), so I do clinics, labour and birth care and visits at home after the baby is born as needed.

I practiced as an LMC midwife in New Plymouth for 21 years and enjoyed caring for birthing women and their families over this time and want to acknowledge how much they taught me about pregnancy, labour, birth, caring for and feeding a new baby.  I have experience in providing labour care in different settings including home, hospital and water births and have some knowledge of homeopathic remedies and acupressure points in pregnancy and labour and birth.  I have been employed at Partners In Pregnancy since it began in 2007, and enjoy working in a team environment.

My husband and I have two adult children.  Our daughter lives and works in London on her OE, and our son and his wife are in New Plymouth and have our three gorgeous granddaughters Addison,  Quinn and Scotti.  We have recently moved to a lifestyle block in Urenui – the achievement of a dream I have had since I left school


I was added to the team in Easter 2018 as one of the receptionists. I thoroughly enjoy my new work environment- especially when I get to meet new Babies (I can get a little over excited!!)

I also enjoy helping new clients find the right midwife in our practice for them. One who will suit their personality and needs. I look forward to seeing you in the future.




Marj Charlton

I have lived in New Zealand since emigrating from The UK in 2012 to be closer to my daughter and two wonderful granddaughters. I worked in the Gas Industry and the Regional Police force. In Taranaki, I worked as a Dental assistant/Receptionist.

I look forward to meeting the Mums and Dads who have chosen Partners in Pregnancy for their Maternity care.





Robyn Hotter

I started at Partners In Pregnancy in November 2015 as Account/Payroll person and am also spending some time in reception.

I am really enjoying my time here and hope to see some of you when you come in. I have always been involved with office work and very much enjoy it. I am happy to spend many more years here at Partners In Pregnancy.