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What could be more rewarding than helping mothers and bringing babies safely into the world?

Midwifery is within the health care profession. It provides care and assistance to women during pregnancy, labour, birth and the postpartum period (the first few weeks after birth).

Midwives are trained specialists in low-risk pregnancies – they ensure that the pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum period occur without incident. Generally speaking, midwives are the preferred provider of maternity care in New Zealand, with a majority of pregnant women choosing midwives over other alternatives. 

You can Study to become a Midwife through a major in Midwifery under a Bachelor of Science, or under a Bachelor of Midwifery. Both courses balance theoretical and practical learning so you are well equipped for the working world once graduated. Subjects studied include neonatal care, complicated childbirth, Hauora Māori and bioscience foundations. Degrees include a substantial amount of time spent in clinical practice in order to offer students real world experience.