Individual postgraduate courses

We have a range of postgraduate courses delivered at different times in the year. These focus on specific areas in midwifery practice that you would like to study.

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12 July - 27 August 2022

Political and Practical Challenges to Breastfeeding
Course Coordinator: Yvonne Mosley-Martin


The aim of this course is enable participants to critically analyse the political/social context of breastfeeding, identifying strategies for change, and to demonstrate advanced knowledge of the management of wāhine and pēpē complex breastfeeding challenges, to promote exclusive breastfeeding continuity.


Indicative content:


- discussion and review of statistics about breastfeeding initiation, and exclusive breastfeeding continuation in Aotearoa/New Zealand,

- breastfeeding strategies for Aotearoa/New Zealand.

- exploration of the social, historical, and political contexts of breastfeeding for the wāhine and whānau, identifying strategies for change.relationship between exclusive breastfeeding and health of wāhine and pēpē

- critical analysis of breastfeeding in women of varying ethnicity, age, socio-economic status, cultural groups and demographics;

- breastfeeding: the global perspective;

- impact of labour and birthing practises on breastfeeding establishment and early breastmilk production

- complex breastfeeding challenges and the underlying associated wāhine and/or pēpē pathophysiology;

- evidence based practice for the assessment and management of complex breastfeeding challenges, to promote exclusive breastfeeding continuity

19 September - 4 November 2022

Applied Anatomy and Physiology for Midwives
Course Coordinator: Sally Baddock


The aim of this course is to enable learners to explore, interpret and apply current understanding of anatomy and physiology as it relates to midwifery practice.


Indicative content:


- key concepts relating to the physiology of conception and implantation, placental development and function, embryological and fetal development;

- maternal physiological changes in pregnancy, labour & birth, the puerperium and lactation and the hormonal regulation of these changes;

- neonatal physiological adaptations to the extrauterine environment;

- pathophysiology of complications of pregnancy, labour & birth and/or the puerperium and the consequences for mother and baby;

- common infectious diseases and substances affecting pregnancy, labour & birth and/or the puerperium and the consequences for mother and baby.

Diabetes in Pregnancy
Course Coordinator: Karen Wakelin


The aim of this course is to enhance midwives’ understanding of the patho-physiology of diabetes mellitus in pregnancy. Midwives will gain a sound understanding of the physiological implications of the disorder for the childbearing woman and baby, and knowledge of current evidence informing practice. Midwives successfully completing this course will be able to use an evidence-based approach to appropriately screen for diabetes in pregnancy and participate confidently as part of a collaborative team caring for women diagnosed with diabetes mellitus in pregnancy.


Indicative content:


- Changes to metabolism and the endocrine system brought about by pregnancy

- Epidemiology of diabetes in New Zealand

- Risk factors for diabetes

- Interpreting and understanding screening tests for diabetes

- Pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus

      - Type 2 diabetes mellitus

      - Gestational diabetes

      - Type 1 diabetes mellitus

- Signs and symptoms of diabetes mellitus in pregnancy

- Midwifery role in the management of diabetes in pregnancy, labour and puerperium

Global Midwifery: Practical Steps
Course Coordinator: Tricia Thompson


The aim of this course is to enhance the capacity of midwives to work in a global context. Students will explore the different roles of longer-term strategic development of global midwifery capacity through education programmes and regulation; and the shorter term global midwifery response during disasters and emergency contexts.


Indicative content:


The content of this course develops on and builds from the content of the prerequisite course, Global Midwifery and Safe Motherhood.


- Analysis of the legislation and regulation of midwifery that makes safe motherhood possible.

- Effective programmes to prepare midwife teachers.

- Appropriate midwifery curriculum and syllabus for safe motherhood.

- Educational programmes to strengthen midwives ability to manage midwifery emergencies.

- Standards and midwifery competencies to improve midwifery practice.

- Monitoring and assessment for continued competency for midwifery practice.

- Developing midwifery capacity for the promotion of maternal and new-born health and wellbeing.

- Exploration of the role of midwives during disasters and humanitarian emergencies.

- Professional and personal skills required to work in global midwifery contexts, and how to develop those skills.

Postgraduate Diplomas

Pathway to Thesis: Midwifery Research Methodologies
11 July to 04 November 2022


Course Coordinator: Suzanne Miller


This course is available to Registered Midwives undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma, as a prelude to Masters level study. It is a 30 credit course which equates to approximately 300 study hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide participants with an opportunity to gain an understanding of various methodological approaches, research methods and the research process including consideration of ethical, cultural and budgetary issues.

Participants will be supported to develop a research proposal which demonstrates congruency between research question, aims, methodology and methods, and meets the ethical and cultural requirements of the New Zealand research context.


Indicative content:


- advanced skills to critique research reports, articles and presentations which include appraisal and evaluation in terms of the knowledge paradigm they draw on, and the relevance for midwifery practice;

- in-depth examination of different research methodologies and the associated issues and strategies surrounding the quality and status of research studies and the knowledge claims that can be made;

- debate on the complexities of ethical considerations which relate to different research approaches and contexts;

- identification of practice-based research questions which are guided by critical analysis and relevant research literature;

- development of a research proposal for a practice-based research question which includes a justified choice of methodology;

- evaluation of the role of midwifery research and theory in the provision of quality health services within the socio-cultural context of Aotearoa New Zealand;

- critical reflection on the role of inquiry/research approaches for personal practice, professional judgement and the future of the midwifery profession.

Complex Care Pathway

Midwifery Assessment and Decision Making for Complexity
14 February to 10 June 2022


Course Coordinator: Kerry Adams


To provide the opportunity for midwives to research skills in assessment and monitoring for women and their babies, when a woman is experiencing illness or alteration to the normal physiology of childbirth.


Indicative content:


- Knowledge of monitoring, assessment and management skills for areas of complexity in childbearing.

- Directed and self-directed learning of the treatment and management of disease processes impacting on pregnancy, childbearing and the puerperium including assessment, diagnosis, interventions and on-going monitoring.

- Discussion of strategies to maintain a ‘woman focus’, and advocating role for women experiencing complex health challenges in childbirth.

Midwifery Practicum for Complexity
11 July to 04 November 2022


Course Coordinator: Carolyn McIntosh


To provide the opportunity for midwives to research skills in assessment and monitoring for women and their babies, when a woman is experiencing illness or alteration to the normal physiology of childbirth. This course contains a 100 hour practicum, which is funded for your locum (if you are an LMC) or for backfill at your facility (if you are a core midwife).


Indicative content:


- Reflect, analyse and develop personal learning pathway and outcomes to be achieved negotiated in a learning contract

- Participate in practice placement(s) where the midwife can learn the practical skills of diagnosis, treatment, management, and on-going monitoring, for the particular area of complexity or disease processes impacting on pregnancy, childbearing and the puerperium selected for study.

- Reflect on learning achieved during placements with reference to the midwife’s personal practice environment.

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