A qualitative descriptive approach. Thirty-eight newly qualified midwives from 14 hospitals in the state of New South Wales, Australia participated. Telephone interviews and focus groups were used to collect the data. Content analysis was used to analyse the data set. Findings: Despite being employed by different hospitals, most participants were offered transition support programs that shared common core elements: rotations to a variety of clinical areas, additional study days, supernumerary time and support from colleagues. Participants stressed the importance of planned clinical rotations and supernumerary time that allowed them to ease into the new clinical area. Study days provided an opportunity for graduates to focus on new skills and to connect with their peers. Support from colleagues, managers and educators was essential, though workloads often impacted on its availability.