I have been asked many times why I chose to train as a midwife. The queries come from people who either think midwifery would be a wonderful career, or are sceptical and in the dark about what midwifery entails. I had a wonderful midwife for my three pregnancies and in her quiet way the midwife inspired me. I also have a friend who started midwifery training before me and this informed me that direct entry midwifery was an option. Once the midwifery “bug” bit, I was on fire with the excitement of a career with passion, about and for women.
I have been a Registered Midwife since December 2002 and have practiced as an independent midwife, hospital midwife, and employed support midwife (locum). I have a wide range of skills that can be applied to midwifery roles. Midwifery is a job that is woman-centred and autonomous and demands excellent communication, teaching, clinical and technical skills, as well as a level of intuition. With many possible career and training opportunities, midwifery fits my abilities and personality on many levels.
This portfolio is a collection of my personal and professional skills, knowledge, competency and achievements and is an evolving document that will reflect my continued development.
This portfolio is a collection of my personal and professional skills, knowledge, competency and achievements and is an evolving collection of documents that will reflect my continued development. I have aimed to link the contents to the sections of the paper-based New Zealand College of Midwives: Portfolio for Midwives.
The midwife’s portfolio is the central collection point for information about her practice and her ongoing education and professional development. The information contained in this portfolio provides evidence of the midwife’s continuing competence to practise, including evidence of the application of learning to practice.
All midwives (including those who work part-time) who need to hold a practising certificate will be expected to provide evidence of their activities under each of the identified sections in the portfolio over each Recertification period. Written reflections on these activities must be provided. These may be brief (a short paragraph) as long as they make a link between the learning experience and midwifery practice.
The portfolio will contain the following elements:
a) Evidence of compulsory education:
• compulsory approved ongoing education from approved education providers >over three years:
b) Evidence of continuing education and professional development activities.
• 15 points of elective approved ongoing education over three years
• 15 points of professional development activities over three years
• 20 points of either elective education or professional activity or a combination of
c) Evidence of application of learning to midwifery practice.
This is likely to be provided through:
• reflection on critical incidents and exemplars of good practice;
• how new ideas and information have been incorporated into changes in practice;
• reflection about each education activity and how it contributes to the midwife’s
ongoing competence. Many elective education courses provide reflective activities
that can be incorporated into portfolios.
• reflections can be documented though short sentences and brief paragraphs