Midwifery education is in the news again in New Zealand following the death of a baby at a birth attended by a new graduate midwife. The case is sitting with the coroner at the moment and we're waiting to hear his verdict.
At the moment, new graduate midwives are eligible to be mentored for one year by a paid mentor as part of the New Zealand College of Midwives First Year of Midwifery Practice Program. But it is possible that the coroner will make recommendations for this program to become compulsory.
If this is the case and the recommendation is taken up by the government, additional funding will be required. The other issue that will need watching is how the coroner (and others) see the support of new graduates... as a mentoring model or more of a supervision format. And if the FYMPP becomes more of a supervision model, all sorts of questions will need to be answered, not least how it will fit with undergraduate education.
Needless to say, midwives will be watching closely for the verdict of this coroner's report.