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Our role is a midwifery voice for midwives and women.

Our service provision includes but is not limited to:

Professional Advice and Information

For all midwives including:

  • Individual or collective advice about midwifery practice, professional standards, working situations, ethical matters, interface issues for midwives in different services

*Continuing education workshops

  • Professional indemnity insurance, legal advice and administration

  • Practice management/membership support

  • Library and reference resources

For District Health Boards (DHBs) including:

  • Advice and consultation on the development of continuity of care and midwifery practice upholding the ICM/WHO Definition of the Midwife

  • Quality and Leadership Programmes

For consumers and community agencies including:

Professional Representation:

  • Nomination body for representation to statutory committees

  • Submissions on current maternity services and womens health issues

  • National maternity services (Section 88) and midwifery contracts for maternity services negotiations

  • Maternity service provider specification development

  • Regional and national consultation and input into health policy development with the DHBs, Ministry of Health and facility and health service providers

  • Professional representation in the health sector and to government agencies (particularly the Ministries of Health, Education, Social Development and Women’s Affairs), the Health and Disability Commissioner and women’s health consumer bodies

  • National and regional input and monitoring of midwifery educational curricula through polytechnics, universities and the Midwifery Council of New Zealand

  • Membership of the International Confederation of Midwives

Quality Assurance:

  • Midwifery Standards Review Process for all midwives

  • Complaints Resolutions Committees for women

Quality Assurance activities

  • Data collection and interpretation of midwifery services, trends and statistics

Ongoing Education and Professional Development:

  • Midwifery First Year of Practice Programme

  • NZCOM ongoing education workshops/programmes 

  • Education forums for midwifery educators and the profession

  • Biennial Conference

Ongoing Liaison and Consultation with:

  • Midwives

  • DHBs

  • Consumers/parent groups

  • Maori / Nga Maia

  • Government/ statutory bodies/ health organisations/non governmental organisations in developing priorities and policies in maternity services

  • Midwifery education providers, DHB midwifery educators

  • Midwifery and Maternity Provider Organisation (MMPO)

  • Midwifery Employee Representation Advisory Service (MERAS)

  • New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) on midwifery employment issues

  • International Confederation of Midwives, World Health Organisation, United Nations, other international midwifery organisations and consumer organisations and professional groups


  • Research collaboration, advice, liaison and promotion through the Joan Donley Midwifery Research Collaboration

  • Biennial Research Forum

  • NZCOM clinical database reports

  • Research

Communication and Promotion:

  • Publication of a refereed journal (NZCOM Journal, published annually) and Midwifery News (newletter published quarterly) to keep members informed and up to date

  • Conferences

  • Publications, Promotional material

  • Media