4. Sustainability in midwifery

May 5, 2018 @ 01:00 – 02:00 UTC Timezone
Room 3, Big Blue Button

Speaker: Tammi Heap

Facilitator: Hazel Keedle

Recording: Click HERE

Tammi HeapSustainability in midwifery is a worldwide issue, with the average length of career less than 10 years (burnout being highest reason for leaving). In New Zealand the rate has gone from 6 yrs average to, many areas being on average, as low as 2 yrs!

The partnership model we have here in New Zealand, promotes our world class midwifery system that is envied around the world.  Women satisfaction statistics, prove time and time again, that over 90% of women feel satisfied with their midwifery lead care.  Our breastfeeding rates also reflect, internationally, how well our midwifery led system is world class.

So how do we keep this up?  We need a sustainable workforce.  10/20/30 years down track, what is likely to continue midwives loving their profession, without the anxieties and exhaustion of contemplating leaving midwifery.

Tips and strategies will be discussed, including those I incorporate in my practice, which continues make my job, satisfying and sustainable What practices can  shorten workloads most effectively, while still providing excellent care and satisfaction for both the woman and midwife. This includes optimal birth outcomes that meet the goals of reducing unnecessary interventions, and positive maternity experiences across the maternity period.  For the new graduate midwife just starting out, what “right from the start” practices, help to ensure long term sustainability.