Objective: to present a grounded theory research study explaining how New Zealand midwives maintain their ongoing competence to practise their profession.
•To maintain their competence to practise midwives engage in a continuous development process.
- Self-directed learning needs are focussed on the midwife’s professional position.
- Midwives learning and development is influenced by the needs of women in her community.
- Midwives manage many obstacles in order to maintain their competence to practise.
- Safety of the woman and her baby is at the heart of the midwife maintaining competence.