Work towards a qualification that leads to work as a core midwife in a hospital or birthing centre, or as a lead maternity carer (LMC) in the community.
Once students have completed their undergraduate qualification, they have the skills, knowledge and experience to sit the National Midwifery Examination and qualify as a registered midwife. These include anatomy, physiology, cultural competencies and an understanding of the complexities of pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal care. Those with postgraduate qualifications have skills and deep understanding of the practice that are needed for research and leadership in the health sector.
Roles and career pathways
On completion of their undergraduate qualification, new graduates apply to practice as a midwife with the NZ Midwifery Council. Midwives, as with all health practitioners, need to be willing to commit to continuing education as part of being a registered health practitioner. Registered midwives must engage in the Recertification Programme to demonstrate that they are competent to practise within the Midwifery Scope of Practice.
Postgraduate study and experience can lead to teaching policy and research roles.
Where Midwifery graduates work
Midwifery graduates may work for hospitals (District Health Boards), Primary health organisations (PHOs), birthing centres or in private practice. Experienced midwives with postgraduate qualifications may work for universities and women’s health research organisations. Experienced midwives can also mentor or deliver continuing education for others, or advocate on behalf of midwives through the NZ College of Midwives.
Build relevant skills and experience
Over the four years of the Bachelor of Midwifery, students will complete practice hours, culminating in a practice project in the fourth year. Part-time work and volunteering during study can also help to broaden perspectives or develop cultural competencies, increasing job prospects on graduation. Programmes such as Wellington Plus and Wellington International Leadership Programme (WILP) offer opportunities to gain diverse volunteer and leadership experience.
Make career connections
Making connections with individuals and groups during your degree can help you learn more about career opportunities. The NZ College of Midwives provides student membership, including access to regional meetings, networking opportunities and support.