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What is a Midwife?

A Midwife is a qualified professional, trained and committed to providing care, education, advice and support to women and their families during pregnancy, labour and birth, and the early postnatal period.

Midwifery in WSLHD

Due to the fastest growing birth rate in NSW, midwives working in our services provided care for women and their families of over 9000 babies a year, with projections that it will continue to rise in the years to come.

The care we provide ranges from Midwifery-led continuity of care models for women with normal pregnancies, right through to the highly collaborative team care required for women experiencing complexity in their pregnancy or high risk Fetal conditions.

All of these models of care are underpinned by the philosophy of woman-centred care, best clinical practice and empowerment of women to participate in decisions about their own care.

The right care, at the right time, in the right place for all women.

Becoming a Midwife

The Graduate Diploma of Midwifery is a tertiary sector qualification for Registered Nurses to become Registered Midwives, hold dual registration with APHRA, and be able to work anywhere in Australia as a Registered Midwife.

WSLHD offers clinical placements for Graduate Diploma of Midwifery students for a period of 12 months. During this time you will be given the opportunity to experience a broad range of clinical situations within Midwifery practice, which will allow you to gain the clinical knowledge and skills that will be required to complete the clinical components of your degree and to register as a midwife in Australia.

You will be employed as a Registered Nurse/Student Midwife on a 12 month temporary contract, 32 hours per week, 7 day rotating roster, at your current RN level pay rate.

Positions are available at three of our hospitals.

  • Auburn
  • Blacktown
  • Westmead

Application Processes

There are two separate application processes to this program that you must complete:


Auburn Hospital Maternity Services

Auburn Hospital provides comprehensive midwifery-led care for low-risk women and their families, delivering family-centred care to an array of culturally and linguistically diverse women. Auburn midwives work collaboratively with the obstetric and gynaecology team, interpreters, bilingual health care workers, physiotherapy and social work to provide inclusive and individualised care for women and their families.

Approximately 1,500 women birth at Auburn Hospital each year, and this number is steadily increasing. MidStart students working at Auburn Hospital will have the opportunity to work in all areas of maternity services, including Antenatal Clinic, Birth Unit, Postnatal Ward, Newborn Care and our Community Midwifery Unit. Due to the small and low risk nature of our facility, MidStart students will have the unique opportunity to develop core midwifery skills in normal birth, working to develop as independent practitioners in a supportive and nurturing environment.

At Auburn, we work closely with students and their universities to support professional growth and development of all students. MidStart students at Auburn will have exciting opportunities to participate in current research projects being undertaken at Auburn Hospital Maternity Services, which may include the use of sterile water injections in labour, management of anaemia in pregnancy, and piloting research into impacts of birth environment design on mobility in labour. Students will also be provided with an array of clinical and theoretical learning opportunities, including regular in-services, while providing exceptional midwifery care to women through the antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum continuum.

If you would like more information please contact:
Jawaher Masri
Clinical Midwifery Educator (A)
Auburn Hospital
Tel 8759 3544

Midwifery Blacktown Hospital


The Women’s and Children’s Health Services at Blacktown are built upon the principle of being woman/person-centred, putting the individual at the heart of all that we do in caring for our patients and community members. Woman/Person-centred care is health care that is respectful of, and responsive to the preferences, needs and values of individuals and consumers in a shared decision making framework.

With over 3700 births per year students have the opportunity to experience a diverse range of care models with rotations through all areas of the maternity Service.

In July 2019 Blacktown Maternity services will move to new facilities which include new postnatal care and birthing rooms (most with birthing pools) and expanded newborn care services for babies who need extra support.

Students will have the support of senior clinical staff and CME’s in all areas including afterhours support. We work closely with our University partners to ensure your clinical requirements are met.

For more information contact:
Gracie Borg
Phone: 0419446946

Westmead Hospital Women’s and Newborn Health

Westmead Hospital provides an excellent opportunity for student midwives to train in a level 6 tertiary institution. Westmead currently has the highest birthing rate in NSW with over 5,500 births annually, which makes for excellent learning opportunities that students can carry with them throughout their career.

Here at Westmead, we offer rotations through Maternity, Birthing Unit, and Women’s health Ward, High Risk Antenatal Care, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and a variety of Models of Care provided to women during the antenatal period, including a Day Assessment Unit.

Student midwives are provided with many learning opportunities at Westmead. We provide fortnightly education sessions to facilitate learning. You will also be supported by Clinical Midwifery Educators on every ward, including 2 after hours Clinical Midwifery Educators for out of hours learning opportunities.

We work closely with your chosen University to provide a well-rounded, supportive education journey.

Karen Johns
Midwifery Educator (A)
Women’s and Newborn Health
Westmead hospital
Phone: 8890 4623


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