Meet your team at AOC

The AOC team has worked as a group practice of obstetric specialists since 1996. We were originally based in a small villa in Parnell and now occupy part of the ground floor of the Birthcare building in Titoki Street. As a group we have cared for women birthing over fifteen thousand babies.


Lynda Batcheler


Lynda has looked after pregnant woman for more than 35 years and has been with AOC since the beginning. She has a wealth of experience looking after high risk pregnancies. She also has an interest in recurrent miscarriage and general gynaecology. She has three grown up children, as well as several young grandchildren.

Astrid Budden

Degree in Obstetrics FRANZCOG

Astrid graduated from medical school in Göttingen, Germany and completed her specialist training in New Zealand and Australia before joining the AOC team in 2012. Astrid is also a specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist at Auckland City Hospital. She has a special interest in diabetes in pregnancy and ultrasound. Astrid is also an instructor for an obstetric emergency training course (MOET). She is married with two teenage children.

Eva Hochstein


Eva graduated from the University of Auckland, training in obstetrics and gynaecology in Sydney. She joined AOC in 1998 after working in private practice in Sydney. She also has an interest in general gynaecology and colposcopy. Eva is married with twin boys.

Katherine McKenzie


Katherine graduated from Auckland University and trained in obstetrics and gynaecology in New Zealand and the UK. She joined AOC in 2015 and also works as an obstetrician and general gynaecologist at Auckland City Hospital, where she has also been part of the faculty running the hospital’s obstetric emergency training programme. Katherine is married with two adult children.

Kirstie Peake


Kirstie trained at London University (Royal London Hospital) and completed her post graduate training in and around Oxford. She came to New Zealand in 2000 and worked as a part time specialist at Middlemore Hospital with an interest in fetal medicine. She was also part of the multi-disciplinary team running Middlemore’s obstetric emergencies training programme. Kirstie joined AOC in 2013 and works between AOC and the Women’s Health Scanning Department at Auckland Hospital. Kirstie lives on a lifestyle block and is married with two teenage children.

Jason Waugh


Jason graduated and trained in London. He spent two years of his training at National Women’s from 1993-1994 and was a consultant in the UK for the past 17 years. As well as working in the NHS as a consultant and clinical director, he has also had a successful academic career at Leicester and then Newcastle University and has an international reputation for his research into high risk pregnancy. Jason has recently been able to fulfil his lifelong ambition to return to New Zealand with his family and is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Auckland. Jason is married with 3 children; two boys at university and a daughter at school in Auckland.

Consultant Obstetricians

Ashley Eastwood

MB ChB PG DipObstMedGyn (Dist) FRANZCOG

Ashley holds an undergraduate medical degree from the University of Otago, a post-graduate diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (graduating first in class) and is a Fellow of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Ashley completed her specialist training in Auckland, working at Middlemore, Auckland City and North Shore Hospitals. Prior to joining AOC, Ashley completed two years of advanced training in gynaecology and laparoscopy at North Shore Hospital and was a Honorary Lecturer at Auckland University. Alongside her role at AOC, Ashley is a specialist (SMO) at Auckland City Hospital and is involved in training and mentoring of Registrars. She has two young children who were both born through AOC. Ashley is dedicated to the delivery of high-quality care to women and their families.

Kerrie Hides


Kerrie graduated from the University of Glasgow and completed her RCOG training in Edinburgh with a special interest in High-Risk Obstetrics and Maternal Medicine. She moved to Auckland in 2019 with her husband and two young children, where she worked as a full time Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Middlemore Hospital for 3 years. She was part of the multidisciplinary obstetric emergency training team and responsible for establishing maternal morbidity meetings and quality improvement initiatives. She moved to work in Auckland City Hospital in the role of Labour Ward Lead and a member of the Diabetes in Pregnancy team in July 2022, later joining the AOC team. Kerrie balances work with outdoor adventures with her family as well as mountain biking and playing squash interclub.

Martin Sowter


Martin graduated from the University of Birmingham and then trained in Bristol before coming to New Zealand in 1995 to spend three years undertaking research for an MD thesis at National Women’s Hospital. He returned permanently to Auckland as a specialist in 2001 and joined AOC in 2002. He is a part-time specialist at Auckland City Hospital and at Fertility Plus. Martin also co-ordinates the hospital’s obstetric emergencies training programme for midwives and medical staff. Martin is married with two daughters at medical school, the youngest delivered under the care of AOC.


Peter Nobbs


Peter graduated from the University of Auckland in 1977. He trained in paediatrics in Auckland and then at McMaster University, Ontario, before returning to National Women’s as a specialist in paediatrics and neonatology in 1988. Peter worked as a paediatrician and neonatologist at National Women’s until entering full time private practice in 2004. Peter’s particular interest is in newborns and children up to 24 months of age. As well as clinics every week at AOC he is also able to attend deliveries and see newborn babies post-natally at National Women’s and Birthcare. Peter has two grown up children.

Clinic Manager

Nicky Hewitt

Nicky has developed her career within the medical industry, primarily within the specialisations of obstetrics and orthopaedics. To enhance her practice management skills, she also undertook a law degree, admitted to the bar in 2016. Nicky is available to answer your questions about how AOC works, or if you need more information to help you decide on a lead maternity carer.