New Zealand Midwives and Tertiary Study

New Zealand College of Midwives
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New Zealand College of Midwives Journal, 2007, 36 pp. 13 - 19
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To elicit factors influencing practising midwives with regard to tertiary study, a national survey was distributed attracting 386 responses from midwives working in a variety of settings. Many midwives engaged in tertiary study, cited personal interest and practice development as motivational factors, with midwifery practice topics providing the most interest. However midwives' time restrictions, the cost of papers and lack of financial or other incentives inhibited study. Midwives preferred face-to-face delivery with other midwives rather than mixed classes, followed by distance delivery with paper-based materials. Mixed modes of face-to-face and distance, or Internet based delivery, were not favoured by the midwives. These factors should be considered when designing tertiary programmes for practising midwives, incorporating adequate information, interaction and communication.
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