Potential participants were invited to participate in this research via an email circulated to midwives through the NZCOM
also announced on May 5 that the government had agreed to fund a first-year graduates support programme.
The Rural Midwifery Recruitment and Retention Service (RMRRS) has been established as a joint venture between the Midwifery Maternity Provider Organisation (MMPO) and the New Zealand College of Midwives (NZCOM
), funded by the Ministry of Health.
Programme participants were identified from the NZCOM
MFYP programme database of participants.
(4) The NZCOM
recommends 50 births a year as a full-time caseload but the report showed the average caseload was 64, and reached 129 in the Counties Manuakau District Health Board (DHB).
formed and registered a Midwifery Employee Representation and Advisory Service (MERAS) as a union for midwives in late 2002 and, last October, employed experienced union organiser Bernard McIlhone as its general manager.
New Zealand midwives have acknowledged their professional responsibility to address smoking in pregnancy (New Zealand College of Midwives, 2015) and the New Zealand College of Midwives (NZCOM
) has formally endorsed the Ministry's guidelines.
Currently the journey to have an article published in the NZCOM
journal takes anything between six to 18 months and often requires several re-submissions following editorial feedback.
The profession is regulated by the Midwifery Council of New Zealand (MCNZ) (MCNZ, 2007) and has a professional college, the New Zealand College of Midwives (NZCOM
) (Guilliland & Pairman, 2010).
Additionally, the frameworks that support midwifery care highlight the importance of continuity, partnership and the pregnant woman's right to be fully involved and informed in decision making (Guilliand & Pairman, 2010; Health and Disability Commissioner; Ministry of Health, 2007; NZCOM
A further pilot survey was sent out electronically to 10 randomly selected midwives who were identified as LMCs with the New Zealand College of Midwives (NZCOM
This issue of the NZCOM
journal contains five articles, two of which explore very timely practice issues.