Strong demand for midwives
Demand for midwives is currently high due to:
- midwives retiring and the establishment of new roles
- unpredictable demand for services as it's not possible to accurately predict when women will give birth
- a shortage of workers in Auckland, Tauranga, Canterbury and parts of Waikato.
Midwife appears on Immigration New Zealand's regional skill shortage list. This means the Government is actively encouraging skilled midwives from overseas to work in New Zealand.
According to the Census, 2,742 midwives worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Extra payment for graduates working in hard-to-staff locations
The Ministry of Health runs a voluntary bonding scheme aimed at recruiting more graduate midwives to work in New Zealand communities that are hard to staff.
Graduates are bonded for at least three years and can receive extra payments for up to five years.
Types of employers varied
Midwives mainly work in public hospitals. However, they can work for a range of other employers, including:
- the Ministry of Health, working independently in small group practices or as part of a team providing care to a caseload of women
- private hospitals or birthing units
- education providers in training roles.