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A midwife works in partnership with pregnant women to give the support, care and advice they need during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period in order to facilitate birth and to provide care for the new-born.

A midwife promotes and supports the normal childbirth process, identifies complications in mother and baby, accesses appropriate medical assistance and implements emergency measures as necessary.

Midwifery practice involves informing and preparing the woman and her family for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and parenthood and extends into certain areas of women's health, family planning and infant wellbeing. Midwives have an important role in health and wellness promotion and education for the expectant mother, her family and the community.

The midwife may practice in any setting including the home, the community, hospitals, clinics, health units, or any other maternity service.

The Bachelor of Midwifery covers a wide range of topics in order to create midwifery graduates with a broad understanding of the field.

Studies cover everything from midwifery practice skills to nutrition, lactation and bioscience foundations. You will also touch on areas such as Māori health, integrated midwifery practice and rural midwifery practice, to allow you to adapt to the wide range of needs and circumstances encountered in midwifery. Students will be matched with expectant mothers and practising midwives to gain real life midwifery experience.


Master of Sustainable Practice

Become a leader in sustainable practice.

FULL-TIME - 1.5 Years (Part-time options available)
Starts: July
Madras Street
Sustainability and Outdoor Education

Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Supervision

Gain the expertise needed to supervise others effectively in professional contexts.

PART-TIME - 19 Weeks
Starts: July
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Social Work and Human Services Nursing Midwifery and Medical Imaging

Bachelor of Midwifery

Learn how to confidently nurture pregnant women through one of life's most meaningful events.

FULL-TIME - 3 Years
Nursing Midwifery and Medical Imaging

Preceptor Development for Registered Midwives

You are invited to attend an informative, interactive education day run by Ara School of Midwifery at Manawa.

1 Week
Starts: March
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Integrated Short Course – Physiological Childbirth

Meet Midwifery Council requirements to return to practice or update your theoretical knowledge of physiological birth.

26 Weeks
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New Zealand Diploma in Transition to Parenting Education

Gain the knowledge required to guide and educate people through the transition to parenting.

PART-TIME - 2 Years
Starts: April

Study and Career Preparation - Pre-Health Pathway, Level 4

Prepare for higher level study in health and science.

FULL-TIME - 19 Weeks (Part-time options available)
Starts: July
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