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