Starting Life as a Midwife

An International Review of Transition from Student to Practitioner

  • Michelle Gray
  • Ellen Kitson-Reynolds
  • Allison Cummins

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Geneviève Castiaux, Eveline Mestdagh, Marlene Reyns
    Pages 19-53
  3. Nádia Zanon Narchi, Edemilson Antunes Campos, Dulce Maria Rosa Gualda
    Pages 55-72
  4. Christine Sandor, Beth Murray-Davis, Meredith Vanstone, Corey Bryant
    Pages 73-94
  5. Annette Bennett
    Pages 95-105
  6. Esbati Anahita, Salehi-Rad Ameneh
    Pages 131-140
  7. Cynthia Pearl Pitter, Hermi Hewitt, Leila McWhinney-Dehaney, Dannette Williams, Iris Vassell-Murray
    Pages 141-153
  8. Esther Feijen-de Jong, Liesbeth Kool
    Pages 167-179
  9. Ellen Kitson-Reynolds, Alison Trenerry
    Pages 181-204

About this book


This volume explores the unique challenges midwifery graduates face as they move into practice. It identifies the similarities and differences in midwifery education, regulation, and clinical practice faced by graduate midwives in all continents, examining the various support systems available for graduate midwives in many countries, and identifying the common strategies (formal and informal) and approaches that have proved to be effective in supporting midwifery graduates.
The book volume brings together the experiences of new midwives starting out in registered practice, to share the challenges and triumphs during their transition to confident practitioners.  
It identifies, explains and details both established and innovative new mechanisms in place to support new midwives in each country, and examines the effects the experiences of transitioning to practice may have on future professional practice, resilience and sustainability. Lack of support during the new-graduate transition to practice has been associated with early attrition from the midwifery profession.  Stress, disillusion, and horizontal violence have been identified as factors that influence midwifery attrition rates. Exploration of the various support mechanisms currently available in different countries may stimulate the sharing of best practices in providing new midwives with transition to practice programmes and generate further research.
Each chapter is harmonized to facilitate the comparison between countries, and the maternity services context is explained using each country’s specific legislation, regulation and registration of midwives. The preparation of midwifery students for qualified practice is outlined to explain how midwifery students are trained and socialized into the profession, mentored in their placements and then transitioned to registered midwife status. 
This book appeals to midwives, managers, educators, and newly graduated interested in international midwifery practice.


Midwives Midwifery practice Transition to practice New graduates Initial registration Professional socialization Preceptorship

Editors and affiliations

  • Michelle Gray
    • 1
  • Ellen Kitson-Reynolds
    • 2
  • Allison Cummins
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine University of the Sunshine CoastSippy DownsAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of Health SciencesUniversity of Southampton Faculty of Health SciencesSouthamptonUK
  3. 3.Faculty of HealthUniversity of Technology SydneyUltimoAustralia

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