The Canterbury/West Coast region of the NZ College of Midwives represents around 450 midwives, and its members are responsible for the vast majority of primary midwifery care in the community. Community midwifery is a core part of primary care provision, and much of this care for women and babies is provided in their own home. We are proud of the high level of continuity of care for women and babies, as this allows for a strong relationship to develop, and improves women’s experience of the overall care. Midwives in Canterbury work in the community and in all District Health Board maternity facilities. Midwives work across the scope of practice, providing antenatal screening referrals, antenatal assessments, referrals to other care providers, labour and birth care, breastfeeding support, WellChild and GP referral, postnatal assessments. There are many other aspects included in care provision, including screening for family violence, smoking cessation and mental health concerns.