Graduate Midwifery Programme (GMP)

The Graduate Midwifery Programme aims to provide a supportive environment for new midwives to practice in a secondary/tertiary care facility.

The Midwifery First Year of Practice Programme was introduced by the Midwifery Council in 2007 and runs effectively alongside the GMP at Christchurch Women's.


  • To provide a programme which focuses on the secondary/tertiary care facility and the implication of practicing as a midwife in such a setting.
  • To introduce and provide the graduate midwife with comprehensive orientation and preceptorship to both Christchurch Women's Hospital and Canterbury District Health Board.
  • To provide the midwife with an education programme focusing on high-risk issues in the midwifery field.
  • To promote continuing education and professional development.
  • To facilitate a two-way learning process between the graduate midwife and her peers, therefore increasing the base knowledge of the unit and hence improve midwifery care provided to women.
  • To consolidate recent education in midwifery and to relate to practice for both primary and secondary midwifery care.

A minimum of two positions are created for graduate midwives.  Each midwife is employed on a 12 month contract at 0.8FTE.

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