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Nurturing our new midwives: A qualitative enquiry of mentor’s experiences of supporting new graduate midwives working in continuity of care models

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      Limited opportunity exists for new graduates in Australia to be employed in continuity of care midwifery models.


      To explore the perspectives of midwifery mentors supporting new graduate midwives employed in continuity of care models.


      An interpretive, qualitative study was conducted. Semi-structured interviews and focus groups with senior midwifery staff who mentored new graduate midwives during their transition to practice within a continuity of care model were undertaken. Digitally recorded and transcribed verbatim, data were thematically analysed. Data collection ceased once theoretical saturation had been achieved. NVIVO software was used to assist with coding and data management.


      Twelve mentors participated. Mentors provided valuable feedback to optimise the supportive mechanisms to enable the success of the rotation of new graduate midwives in continuity of care models during their transition to practice period. Three key themes were constructed, including: Getting it right in the first place; Nurturing our new midwives; and The cultural void.


      Consistent with the wider literature, effective implementation, sound support structures and wider acceptance of new graduate midwives transitioning to practice within continuity of care models is crucial to its success and sustainability.


      Mentors are responsible to nurture, respect and guide new midwives through this crucial period, as they transition from midwifery student to registered midwife. Mentors believe in the transition of new graduate midwives in continuity of care models.


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