The focus of this study is centred upon the perceptions,
training and experiences of midwives.
A sample of recently qualified midwives was externally
selected and interviewed to provide data for a descriptive
The initial results indicated the following needs for
midwives: flexible training requirements, realisation of
their prior nursing experiences, continuing professional
educational needs, expansion of practical experiences to
contribute to the development of a growing autonomous
A beginning model for midwifery practice which is offered
to help clarify and integrate aspects of complex and
varied issues was developed out of the midwives'
perceptions of their education and employment