New degree to prepare for the future of midwifery
Victoria University of Wellington has launched a new Bachelor of Midwifery* to help meet the nationwide demand for new midwives.
22 May 2019
The Bachelor of Midwifery (BMid) utilises expertise from across the University to deliver a comprehensive and research-informed midwifery programme taught by experts in biology, chemistry, human development, health psychology, as well as experienced midwives such as programme director Dr Robyn Maude.
Dr Maude, who has over 40 years’ experience in midwifery research and practice, says the University’s BMid programme is designed to equip graduates for practice in today’s increasingly complex midwifery and maternity environment.
“Graduates of our degree will be confident, resilient, and able to work in what is now quite a complex environment, all while keeping the pregnant woman at the centre of the care,” Dr Maude says.
The BMid programme is a four-year degree, comprising 2,400 hours of clinical learning experience alongside lectures, simulations, and online learning. Research underpins the teaching, and with Victoria University of Wellington recently ranked top in New Zealand for the intensity of high-quality research, students can expect a comprehensive and research-informed education.
“Teaching this programme at a university really supports the growth of knowledge in midwifery,” says Dr Maude. “We’re producing a strong body of research that informs what we do.”
Graduates of the BMid will also play a key role in replenishing the midwifery workforce in the Wellington and Central North Island regions, where Dr Maude says there is high demand for new midwives.
“We need to educate significantly more midwives each year and we have this opportunity at Victoria University of Wellington to support that with a Bachelor of Midwifery,” says Dr Maude.
According to Robyn, midwifery is a delicate balance between science and art, and provides a rewarding career.
“The first 1000 days of a baby’s life are crucial to the health outcomes for that child. Midwives have incredible influence on the pregnant woman, her family, and her community and play a huge role in ensuring a safe and healthy start for women and their babies.”
The first intake of students is expected to start in March 2020, with enrolments opening on 1 October 2019. The University is offering Bachelor of Midwifery Inaugural Scholarships up to the value of $5,000 to new midwifery students.
* The Bachelor of Midwifery will be offered at Victoria University of Wellington in 2020, subject to regulatory approval—expected in July 2019.