The birth of a child is where this world begins - it's a belief that drives Louise Hannah's midwifery career.

She has helped countless new mums in the five years since she became a self-employed community midwife, but each one is just as special.

"The way we start in this world, it's big picture stuff," she said. 

Hannah, who is the Taranaki coordinator for the New Zealand College of Midwives, was of 25 exhibitors at the Stratford War Memorial Centre on Thursday to spread awareness on all the free services offered in the region as part of the Meet Your Maternity Services roadshow.

Services such as Tamariki Ora, La Leche League Taranaki, South Taranaki Baby wearing, Great Fathers, Stratford High School Teen Parent Unit, and various Taranaki District Health Board (TDHB) maternity services, including immunisation and lactation consultancy, offered information, giveaways and smiles to visitors.

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