•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.