Midwives have a Degree in Health Science (Midwifery) or a Bachelor of Midwifery depending on which University they attended. They will have completed the equivalent of a four year degree.
Midwives in their first year of practice, after completing the degree, will have delivered at least 40 babies by themselves under supervision. They are mentored as part of the Midwifery First Year of Practice programme by an experienced midwife.
All Midwives are required to attend annual mandatory emergency study days and an extra 8 hours of elective education annually as well as participating in professional activities such as taking students, mentoring, attending NZCOM or PMMRC meetings. These requirements must be met in order to obtain an annual practicing certificate.
Every three years a full Midwifery Standards Review is undertaken by every midwife, part of the Standards Review is looking at her individual statistics, feedback from the women the midwife has cared for, feedback from colleagues who work in the hospital and a reflection on her overall practice for the past three years.