MIDWIFERY TRAINING in NEW ZEALAND: an URGENT NEED FOR CHANGE
The current training system for midwives in New Zealand is inadequate and malfunctioning. Midwives are able to move straight into independent midwifery as soon as they graduate. That is not satisfactory. It is obvious that the current system does not properly prepare and nurture midwives, equipping them with the necessary experience and knowledge to be able to successfully manage births – life and death situations. There have been recommendations made in past years that endorse the view of this petition, including in a report evaluating the Mentor Programme for new graduates and by Coroners . These recommendations have not been implemented. We, the consumers, are now asking that the system be changed to ensure the highest level of safety and care for NZ families, and newly graduated midwives are given the training that they require. This is an urgent matter. To: Minister of Health, Tony Ryall We, the undersigned, are petitioning the government to change the guidelines for midwifery training in New Zealand. Newly graduated midwives should complete a two year internship in a base hospital before being able to become independent Lead Maternity Carers.