Become a Mentor

Mentoring is a unique relationship which provides a rural LMC midwife the opportunity to explore and reflect on their practice.

Whilst midwives already have colleagues within their practice locality that they talk to often, the mentoring relationship does not replace that collegial support but adds another dimension. The mentoring relationship is an opportunity for the midwife to discuss and be guided in their everyday practice as a rural midwife. The mentor midwife is expected to listen, challenge and support the rural midwife and create the opportunity to reflect and explore their practice as a rural midwife.  It’s a great opportunity to explore sustainability within rural settings and the midwife’s own professional development especially if they are in a geographically isolated area of New Zealand.

The Mentoring service is designed to provide 22 hours of mentorship within a 12 month period to a rural LMC midwife by an experienced midwife mentor who is on the National Rural Midwifery Recruitment and Retention Service register. 

A midwife is likely to be eligible to provide mentorship for a rural LMC midwife if they meet the following criteria:

  1. Have a current NZ APC with no conditions and at least 4 years experience as a midwife in New Zealand.
  2. Have indemnity cover through NZCOM membership or other approved source.
  3. Ideally have experience as a midwife birthing women in a primary maternity facility in New Zealand.
  4. Ideally have undertaken NZCOM mentorship training and/or be willing to undertake
  5. Be actively involved in the Midwifery recertification process.
  6. Have no outstanding complaints or cases with ACC, HDC, Midwifery Council or other bodies.
  7. Be willing to provide 22 hours of mentorship to a rural LMC midwife within a 12 month period.

Following approval to provide mentorship, your name will be placed on the list of approved mentors, which will be given to rural LMC midwives seeking mentorship.  When chosen as a mentor, the rural midwife will enter into a contract for service with you that includes a commitment to: 

  • Meet face-face at the start of the mentoring relationship so that you can negotiate your own development needs and gain an understanding of how it will work for both of you.
  • Provide a minimum of 5&1/2 hours of mentoring to the mentee every three months for a 12 month duration
  • Keep a comprehensive record of meeting times and dates should the Ministry of Health wish to audit the service
  • Complete a written mentoring agreement that includes 22 hours of mentorship.

Payment to the mentor will be made quarterly by the service on completion of stated components of the service.


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All services are subject to eligibility criteria and/or availability. Register your interest to recieve or provide services through the Rural Midwifery Recruitment and Retention Service.




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