Integrated Short Course - Physiological Childbirth

Midwifery Short Course MWCB700

If you’re a qualified midwife but you haven’t practiced for more than eight years, this course will equip you with the theoretical knowledge relating to pregnancy, physiological birth and the postnatal period required to achieve the Competencies for Entry to the Register of Midwives by the Midwifery Council of New Zealand.

If you’re a New Zealand midwife with an Annual Practicing Certificate (APC) and you want to update your knowledge, you may also complete this course as part of your recertification/elective education. The course has been approved by the Midwifery Council of New Zealand and has been allocated 20 points (for elective education).

How to Apply

You can apply to study this short course using our Application and Enrolment paper form. For more information please contact


You are able to start this course at any time during the year. However, it must be completed within 26 weeks from enrolment. It is anticipated that you will need to spend at least four hours per week working through the modules to enable you to complete the course requirements within 26 weeks.


This course is assessed by an on-line exam.

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Learning outcomes

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of normal physiological and psychological adaptation in pregnancy, birth and postnatal period
  • discuss essential components of antenatal, labour, birth and postnatal care using the framework of the midwifery decision points and evidence for practice, including screening options and routine testing for women and identifying deviation from the norm
  • identify and provide evidence informed care tailored to the need of the woman during pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period
  • describe the midwife's role with regard to professional standards, competencies, and legal issues