Continuity of Care: Supporting new graduates to grow into confident practitioners

Vanessa Clements, Deborah DAVIS, Jennifer Fenwick

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AIM: This article describes how newly qualified midwives experienced their rotation into birth suite and a continuity of midwifery care model. The findings are part of a larger study that aimed to describe graduate midwives’ expectations and experiences of their transition to practice. BACKGROUND: Knowledge and understanding of how midwives make the transition from student to registered midwife remain limited. However, the literature suggests that this time is a critical period for a new graduate. Although transition support programs for midwives exist in New South Wales, Australia, there appears to be an ad hoc approach to their design, implementation, and effectiveness. METHOD: A descriptive qualitative approach to elicit the experiences of 38 newly qualified Australian midwives. Telephone interviews and focus groups were used to collect the data. Content analysis was used to analyze the data set. FINDINGS: The birthing environment was identified as the clinical area, which elicited the greatest level of apprehension for the midwives, whereas those with the opportunity to rotate into a midwifery continuity of care model rated the experience positively. CONCLUSION: The findings of the study suggest that the newly graduated midwives felt a sense of social and professional belonging to the midwifery continuity of care models in which they worked.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-12
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Childbirth
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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