Mentorship for Midwives Integrated Into Contracts
Peer coaching for newly registered midwives is integrated into their agreement with the College of Midwives.
The College of Midwives requires that new practitioners are mentored for six months and always have access to a midwife, either for their first six months of practice or until they’ve completed 20 births. If they haven’t completed 20 births within that six months, then their mentorship or new registrant’s period is extended until they’ve completed that. And so we sign an agreement to support those new registrants. So it’s integrated…[Peer coaching]. It’s built in. But how we are set up as a practice where we always have a midwife on first and second call, a new registrant would always have access, even once their new registrant’s period is complete. There are times when I, a midwife with 10 years of experience, want to run something past a colleague, and I will access my colleague on second call. So it’s built into our practice…But I can see how that would be a great benefit to providers, to new providers who don’t have that.
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