Students in this midwifery programme need a minimum of 2400 midwifery practice hours over three years. This means they will need to work with many midwives in many maternity settings. As a midwife you can be as involved as you want to be and there are many ways that you can help. For example:
The Midwifery Council of New Zealand has certain expectations about preceptor midwives. Council’s pre-registration midwifery education standards state that:
Practising midwives who precept or supervise midwifery students in practice areas must have at least three years post-registration midwifery practice experience to precept third year students, and at least one year of post-registration experience to precept first and second year students.
Practising midwives who precept midwifery students in medium1 or long2 placements must complete Midwifery Council approved courses in preceptorship and assessment and Cultural Safety within one year of taking on this role.
These requirements are being phased in from 2009 with the expectation that all midwives currently providing supervision to students in a preceptor role will have completed courses by 2014. We offer an online preceptorship course through this website .
If you would like to precept a student please contact us by clicking on the 'contact us' tag at the bottom of this page, or by phoning us on the numbers below. We are very grateful for your help.
Phone: 0800 762 786 and ask for the midwifery administrator who will put you in touch with a midwifery lecturer
1 Medium placements are where a student works on a one-to-one basis with a midwife for less than six weeks and where the midwife is required to teach and assess the student.
2 Long placements are those where the student is placed one-to-one with an individual midwife for a period of six weeks or more and where the midwife is required to teach and to make assessments of the student’s competence.