Every pregnant woman has her own unique experience of pregnancy, labour, birth and parenting. Sharing this time with a student midwife provides a valuable opportunity for the student to appreciate the individuality of each woman and her family/whanau.
Within the Bachelor of Midwifery programme we need to provide a variety of learning opportunities for students so there are plenty of ways you can be involved if you wish.
We advertise in the newspaper and on the radio for women willing to volunteer to have a first year student ‘follow through’ with them as a support person. Once we receive your name and contact details a midwifery lecturer will be in touch to make sure you understand what is involved and to gain your written consent. A student will be allocated to you and a midwifery lecturer will keep in touch to get your feedback on the student’s performance. You can contact us at any time if you have questions or concerns.
In year two and three it is usually the midwife who will ask you if you are willing to have a student involved in your care. You will not be allocated a student unless you have given verbal or written consent and at any time you can cease the student’s involvement with no impact on your midwifery care. It is entirely in your hands. You can decide what level of involvement the student can have and you might want to feel your way with this. Get to know her first and then decide if you want her to be present during your labour or if she can have any ‘hands on’ involvement. All experiences are learning opportunities so the most important thing is that you are comfortable with the student and that you set the limits to what she may do. If you change your mind about having a student involved, this will not affect your care.
In years two and three we will also seek your feedback about the student. This may be via your midwife or a midwifery staff member may contact you directly.
- Your student can provide further support
- She can be someone to talk to about the joys, challenges and realities of this special time
- You help educate and influence the midwives of the future
"She was a great support. I could have a good chat about anything."
"Fantastic - I wouldn't want to do it any other way."
"At the birth she was non-intrusive and helpful."
"I saw how strong a woman could be."
"It was a privileged place to be, being invited into a woman's process."
"It was empowering, not just for the woman but for me too."
To learn more, ask questions, or invite a student to share your experience feel free to utilize one of the options listed below.
Download the relevant pamphlet, fill in the slip and send it to us by free post.
Otago Polytechnic - Dunedin
First Year Students - Morag MacAulay - 0800 762 786
Second Year Students - Kerry Adams - 0800 762 786
Otago Polytechnic - Invercargill and Southland
Carolyn McIntosh - 0800 762 786
Otago Polytechnic - Central Otago
Emma Bilous - 0800 762 786
Otago Polytechnic - Wellington
Christine Griffiths - 0800 762 786
Otago Polytechnic - Palmerston North
Jade Wratten - 0800 762 786
Otago Polytechnic - Whanganui
Debbie Beatson - 0800 762 786
Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology
Julie Richards - 03 940 8298