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The New Zealand College of Midwives sets and actively promotes standards for midwifery practice. The College assists midwives to practice to these standards through midwifery education and the Midwifery Standards Review Process.

Midwifery Standards Review (MSR) is part of the Midwifery Council’s Recertification programme. All midwives in New Zealand have to undertake MSR at council regulated intervals, in order to hold an Annual Practising Certificate. The purpose of the review process is to assist midwives with their ongoing professional development through reflection on their practice, consideration of feedback from women and planning for ongoing education.

Your feedback is essential to this process and midwives appreciate you taking the time to complete the anonymous consumer feedback form.

The Midwifery Standards Review is designed to help the midwife to:

  • maintain professional standards of practice

  • reflect on the partnership between women and midwives throughout the childbirth experience using the feedback received from women. (Consumer feedback forms provide women with the opportunity to provide feedback on the care they received. This information is used by the midwife and her reviewers during her review)

  • think about her work using the College Standards for Practice as the accepted guiding principles of midwifery care in New Zealand

  • demonstrate her commitment to ongoing professional development and accountability

  • examine her practice with midwifery peers and consumers of midwifery services