The Graduate midwifery programme runs for 54 weeks.  Its purpose is to help you develop and consolidate your midwifery knowledge within a supportive environment, working across the scope of practice.

Each year, the Women’s Health Service offer permanent positions to graduate midwives. Each graduate midwife will work 64 hours per fortnight on rostered and rotating shifts. All graduate midwives who have successfully completed a Bachelor in Midwifery, have New Zealand Midwifery Council Registration, an annual practising certificate and are seeking employment in their first year of practice are welcome to apply for a position on the graduate midwifery programme.

The Programme begins with two weeks generic orientation to Wellington Regional Hospital, orientation to the Womens Health Service and a series of compulsory study days and core competencies.

All graduate midwives will rotate throughout the maternity service including:

  • Community Midwifery Team – supernumerary for one week, with one day spent with the community breastfeeding team.
  • Women’s Clinics – one week supernumerary placement in the Acute Assessment Unit, Diabetic Clinic and Maternal Fetal Medicine.
  • Kenepuru primary birthing facility – spend two weeks working alongside the core midwife.
  • Antenatal pod – one week supernumerary followed by eight weeks clinical placement.
  • Postnatal – one week supernumerary followed by 16 weeks clinical placement.
  • Birthing Suite – four weeks supernumerary followed by 20 weeks clinical placement.

A clinical midwife educator is responsible for organising and facilitating the graduate midwifery programme. Each clinical area has experienced midwives who will be assigned to support the graduate midwife during her initial orientation period, during each rotation and will continue to support the graduate in their day to day practice.

The Graduate Midwife will:

  • participate in prescribed study days
  • gain confidence in clinical decision making and the management of complex situations
  • develop sound clinical judgement and communication skills
  • become an autonomous practitioner within the multidisciplinary team.

At the completion of the programme the graduate midwife will complete an annual performance appraisal, and be eligible to submit her portfolio to attain the confident domain on the Quality and Leadership Programme. 

Midwifery First Year of Practice (MFYP)

Each graduate offered a position on the graduate midwifery programme will be supported to participate in the Midwifery First Year of Practice programme.

The Midwifery First Year of Practice Programme is a compulsory, national programme for all New Zealand registered midwifery graduates, irrespective of workplace setting. Read more information about the programme

Last updated 2 August 2022.