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Job Description

A midwife is a professional that provides support and care to women and families during all stages of a pregnancy and birth. Teaching new parents about pregnancy and childbirth, and encouraging them to maintain physical, emotional and mental wellbeing, through tests, screenings and support.


From graduation to senior level of experience, a midwife earns between $65,000 to $87,000 a year.

Work Hours

Midwives are often on call and work long shifts, especially around their patient’s due date.

Study length

Becoming a midwife requires 3 – 4 years of training.

To become a midwife, you need to:

Complete a Bachelor of Midwifery or Bachelor of Health Science, majoring in Midwifery.
Complete and register through the New Zealand Midwifery Council.

A few specialised roles a midwife could work in:

Management- through hospitals or birthing units
Training/Education- helping families know about what to expect
Rural Practices – for check-ups and births for those too far from a hospital

Want to see Midwifery in action?

Meet Kendra Short, a Rural Midwife from the South Canterbury region with a passion for getting to know families during the time she spends with them, noting, “at the end of the day, what’s really important is growing these vibrant rural communities.”.

Learn more about Māori Maternity

The antenatal programme embracing mātauranga Māori | Ngā Wānanga o Hine Kōpū.

Hine Kōpū is a two-day programme for wāhine hapū, delivering antenatal knowledge grounded in Māoritanga and informed by tikanga and mātauranga Māori. Led by Koha Aperahama, the programme is reclaiming Māori practices and traditions for whānau at wānanga across Te Tai Tokerau – and the impact it’s having on families is creating positive outcomes for pēpē.

Source: Midwife. (n.d.). Retrieved December 12, 2022, from