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Midwifery Standards Review Process

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The Midwifery Standards Review (MSR) is a systematic process that enables midwives, whatever their practice setting, to reflect on how they work using the Standards of Midwifery Practice and Turanga Kaupapa as a guide. The midwife attends a review with two reviewers who will assist further with reflections and the development of a Professional Development Plan.

The two reviewers – a midwife and a consumer of midwifery services – have been specifically educated to provide reviews for the College. The MSR process reflects the midwifery profession’s partnership with wāhine, as well as the requirement for the midwife to be professionally accountable to themselves, the wāhine they care for and the profession.

MSR is educative, robust, supportive and challenging. By participating in MSR, a midwife demonstrates a commitment to ongoing professional development.

MSR assists each midwife to reflect on her practice in several ways. The midwife:

  • considers their own or the facility’s statistical data in relation to the standards of practice
  • considers and reflects on feedback from those they provide midwifery care to
  • considers and reflects on feedback from midwifery colleagues
  • writes a self-assessment against the standards of practice in which all these activities are considered
  • comments on how the previous development goals have been met and engagement in Te Tatau o te Whare Kahu | Midwifery Council requirements for recertification
  • considers future professional goals to be discussed and determined at the review.


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