As part of their studies, midwifery students are required to support a number of women through their pregnancy, birth and post-natal period, in a variety of settings. If you choose to, you can be allocated a student midwife who will follow you through your pregnancy and birth, coming to your pre-natal appointments and classes, attending your labour and birth, and visiting you in the weeks after your baby is born. The student will always be under the supervision of a qualified health care professional.
As the student follows you through your pregnancy, you will be able to get to know them, and have the support of a known person throughout your journey, including at your birth.
These programmes help student midwives to experience the maternity system from the point of view of the pregnant woman and their family. By choosing to have a student midwife you will be helping to educate the next generation of midwives to provide women-centred care, through a better understanding of birthing women’s needs and experiences. By supporting many different families in a variety of settings, students can gain experience in a range of birth settings across the community. It also gives students the chance to practise and improve their skills and knowledge.
To find out more about these programmes you can contact:
- Curtin University – School of Nursing and Midwifery – Continuity of Care Experience (CCE)
- Edith Cowan University – School of Nursing and Midwifery – Mothers Adopting Midwifery Students (MAMS) Program
- Notre Dame University – School of Nursing and Midwifery – Continuity of Care Experinece (CCE)