Ngā pātai uiui ana | Frequently asked questions

For midwives

I am a practising midwife – what will this mean to my work?

Amendments to the regulatory framework seem likely, however there will be a process to communicate any changes and a supportive process to assist midwives to transition.

Will the APC requirements change?

It is a little early to know what if any changes there will be to annual practising certificate requirements. If changes arise, there will be a process to communicate any changes and a robust process to support midwives to transition.

I am community-based midwife –will the project simply add another layer of compliance for me?

Amendments to the regulatory framework seem likely, however there will be a process to communicate any changes to practice and a robust process to support all midwives to transition.

I work for a DHB – what will the implications be for me?

The Council will work collaboratively with all employers to ensure any implications for practice are supported and that there is a clear transition pathway.

What does the Treaty partnership framework mean in my practice?

The Treaty is the foundation for the Crown’s relationship with Māori. The Aotearoa Midwifery Project draws on the intent of the Treaty of Waitangi to improve health outcomes for Māori wāhine and their pēpi.

How will the Treaty framework be developed?

With the Aotearoa Collaborative Reference Group providing expert advice and recommendations to the Council.

Are the recommendations from the Aotearoa Midwifery Project likely to impact on midwives pay and conditions?

Pay and conditions fall outside the scope of the project, however the College of Midwives are collaborative partners in this project.

In the current climate with the Covid-19 pandemic creating uncertainty around the world, isn’t this project ill timed?

The project team are cognisant of the Covid-19 precautions and managing to progress the project within these requirements e.g. virtual meetings occur rather than face to face.

For students

I am in a programme of education in order to become midwife – what will this mean to student midwives?

Students in approved programmes of education will complete their degree under those standards. Future students will have to complete education that meets the requirements of the new standards.

For consumers

I am pregnant – does this review mean that current midwifery services are unsafe?

No, this review aims to strengthen the existing regulatory framework to reflect the contemporary needs of all wāhine and pēpi.

How will wāhine and their whānaube able to be heard by the Aotearoa Midwifery Project?

The project wants to involve wāhine and whānau. Consumers on the reference group are helping to grow wider involvement and will reach out to the wider community over the coming months.

There is already a shortage of midwives in Aotearoa – will this project make the situation worse?

The project is unlikely to impact on current supply issues, but the issues of recruitment, training and retention will all be considered by the Reference Group and the Midwifery Council.

What is the difference between the Midwifery Council and the College of Midwives?

The Council is the statutory body charged with ensuring midwives are competent and safe to practise. It is legally required to set the scope of practice, the competencies for entry to the register of midwives and the standards for approval of programmes of education

The College is a professional, membership-based organisation that supports and advocates for midwives. It provides a number of professional services for midwives including professional advice, legal representation, and continuing education.