Bachelor of Midwifery

This internationally-renowned qualification leads to registration as a midwife in New Zealand with solid, theoretical learning and real-life midwifery experience. Complete your studies through a blended combination of practical experience, online learning and compulsory block courses in Dunedin or Porirua.

About the programme 

Enrol in our ground-breaking Bachelor of Midwifery!

Real-world practice is at the core of this three-year programme. From the start, you'll apply theory to practice. You'll work with a midwife in the community to provide antenatal and postnatal care to women and whānau, and you'll graduate with essential knowledge and skills for your health and maternity career.

This programme leads to registration with the Midwifery Council of New Zealand.

As a registered midwife you can be a Lead Maternity Care, working with women and families in the community, or a Core Midwife, working at a hospital or birthing centre. 

Studying part-time 

We know that full-time study isn't always possible. You can choose to study part-time over four years at any of our locations. If you choose this option, you will:

  • only do theory in Year One (not practice)
  • complete the Year One practice and Year Two theory in Year Two
  • complete Year Two practice in Year Three, and
  • then your final year must be full-time. 

Find more information about this part-time option in the Workload section below.

What is blended learning?

The Bachelor of Midwifery is delivered at a series of satellite sites. Each satellite site has a designated Midwifery lecturer (kaiako) who provides support and runs face-to-face sessions.

Blended learning means that you learn through a combination of practical experience, online learning and traditional classroom teaching. And you'll learn this way at all of our satellite locations, including Dunedin. 

It consists of:

  • weekly ākonga (face-to-face tutorials in small groups)
  • online learning and online tutorials with lecturers 
  • midwifery practice experiences (such as hospital shifts and community-based midwifery experience)*
  • intensive seminar blocks held on campus in Dunedin and the Kāpiti Coast (Porirua)**

*Practice experience starts early in Year One where you will follow up to 5 whānau through their childbirth experiences. You will also complete 21 shifts in a maternity facility/ies across the year. The shifts will be a mixture of day, afternoon, and night shifts. Shifts may be in the antenatal and post-natal ward/s and/or birthing units depending on the hospital.

**5 one-week seminar blocks each year in Year One and Year Two and 3 one-week seminar blocks in Year Three.

Second year students/tauira follow a community based caseloading midwife for two weeks, then follow six women in the midwife’s caseload They also complete 24 shifts in antenatal and post-natal wards and birthing units. Additional shifts may be undertaken in NICU, SCBU, Family Planning, breastfeeding support, and other women and child health areas. Placements will depend on the availability of services in each area.

Third year students/tauira complete 33 weeks of placements with midwives in both community and hospital environments.  At least one and possibly more of these placements will be away from student/tauira home areas.  

In addition there are 5 one-week Intensive course blocks each year in Year One and Year Two and 3 one-week Intensive courser blocks in Year Three. These are held at Whitireia Porirua campus in the North Island, or on the OP Dunedin campus in the South Island.

Courses

The Bachelor of Midwifery degree is 3 years of full-time study, but the credit value is equivalent to 4 years of full-time study (compressed into 3 calendar years).

Year one

Year One focuses on the woman/wahine and her family/whānau and explores the wider context of New Zealand's maternity services and the options and choices available to women and families. It provides a context for midwifery practice and development of specific midwifery knowledge and skills.

Gain practice experience in maternity facilities and through one-on-one continuity of care with women and midwives, where you provide a support role for women throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period.

Year two

Year Two focuses on the midwife and her developing professional framework for practice. It provides the opportunity for you to develop specific midwifery practice knowledge and skills. Courses focus on the knowledge and skills required for you to work in the Midwifery Scope of Practice and to work collaboratively with other health professionals when required.

Gain experience in a variety of settings including one-on-one continuity of care experiences with women and midwives, and undertake placements in a range of maternity facilities, particularly secondary and tertiary facilities.

Year three

Year Three focuses on the partnership between each midwife and woman in the shared experiences of pregnancy and childbirth. It enables you to integrate and consolidate your learning from Years One and Two and demonstrate your readiness to meet the Competencies for Entry to the Register of Midwives.

Course 

Course Name

Prerequisite

Corequisite

Level

Credit

Year one

All compulsory

 

 

 

 

BM101104

Midwifery Ways of Knowing

 

 

5

20

BM102104

Midwifery Assessment and  Practice Skills

 

 

5

45

BM102204

Sharing the Woman's Experience of Childbirth

 

 

5

40

BM104104

Women in Aotearoa New Zealand

 

 

5

15

BM105104

Bioscience Foundations

 

 

5

15

BM106104

Hauora Māori

 

 

5

10

BM103104

Integrated Midwifery Practice 1

 

All first year courses

5

5

BM105204

Pharmacology Foundations

   

5

10

Year two

All compulsory

 

 

 

 

BM201104

Midwifery Ways of Knowing 2

BM101104

 

6

20

BM202104

Midwifery Scope of Practice

BM102104, 
BM102204,
BM105104

 

6

40

BM202204

The Midwife and Collaborative Practice

BM202104

 

6

45

BM202604

The Midwife, Newborn and Breastfeeding

BM102104, 
BM102204

 

6

20

BM205104

Bioscience in Pregnancy and Childbirth

BM105104

 

6

15

BM205204

Pharmacology and Prescribing

BM105304

 

6

10

BM203104

Integrated Midwifery Practice 2

All first year courses

All second
year courses

6

5

BM204104

Women's Health

 

 

6

5

Year three

All compulsory

 

 

 

 

BM301104

Midwifery Ways of Knowing 3

BM201104

 

7

10

BM302104

Rural Midwifery Practice

BM202104; BM202604;
BM202304; BM205104;
BM205204

 

7

30

BM302204

Continuity Midwifery Practice

BM202104; BM202604; BM202304;
BM205104;
BM205204

 

7

60

BM302304

Elective Midwifery Practice

BM202104; BM202204;
BM202304; BM205104;
BM205204

 

7

35

BM302404

Secondary/Tertiary Midwifery Practice

BM202104; BM202204;
BM202304; BM205104; BM20604

 

7

15

BM307104

Sustainable Midwifery Practice

 

 

7

10

A change for 2023 enrolments

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.

Disclaimer

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