Midwife Tapuhi ā-Whare

Midwives provide care and support to women, their partners and family/whānau during pregnancy, labour and birth, and for six weeks following the birth. They also provide wellness and parenting information and education for mothers and their families.

Midwives need to be registered with the Midwifery Council of New Zealand and have a current Annual Practising Certificate.

Midwives may do some or all of the following:

  • support women through the normal physiological processes of pregnancy and childbirth
  • support women and their family to maintain good physical, emotional and mental well-being throughout pregnancy 
  • discuss and organise ultrasound, blood tests and other screening tests during pregnancy
  • refer to other health practitioners when necessary during the pregnancy, labour, birth and post-birth period
  • care for women during labour, birth and the post-birth period, including prescribing medications if necessary
  • examine the newborn baby
  • provide information and support for parents learning how to care for and feed their newborn baby.

Physical Requirements

Midwives need to be reasonably fit and healthy, and must have a good level of stamina, as some births may take a long time.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for midwives includes:

  • being a parent
  • teaching
  • counselling
  • nursing
  • other health-related work.

Personal Qualities

Midwives need to be:

  • good at managing their time
  • skilled in communicating with people
  • patient and caring
  • able to work well under pressure
  • mature and responsible
  • able to remain calm during emergencies
  • observant and analytical
  • good at making decisions.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for midwives includes:

  • being a parent
  • teaching
  • counselling
  • nursing
  • other health-related work.

Midwifes can earn around $49K-$115K per year per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Midwife are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Midwives may move into management, advisory, training or education roles in midwifery practice.

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