Kaniwa Kupenga

Kaniwa Kupenga

Self-employed Midwife
Bachelor of Health Science (Midwifery)

Ngāti Porou

As a midwife you can help women in New Zealand and overseas with their journey towards parenthood, says AUT alumna Kaniwa Kupenga who is now a self-employed midwife.

“I’ve always wanted to work within a profession that is positive, community-based and works with women through their reproductive years. I care for women from pregnancy up to six weeks after birth, which enables me to get to know the woman, her situation and her whānau. I believe this to be the best model of care in our industry.

“My AUT qualification enabled me to build on my skills and leave university feeling qualified, career ready and confident within my clinical skills and judgement.”

To share her skills and help the midwifery workforce grow, Kaniwa also helped to establish Nga Maia ki Tāmaki Makaurau, a professional cultural support network for midwives and students.

Choosing AUT
She chose AUT for its reputation and ability to get her career off to a great start, Kaniwa says.

“I decided to study at AUT because I wanted to attend a university that had reputable weight attached to it, so that if I travelled overseas my degree would be credible. I’m excited about possible opportunities for international employment and experience, and I believe my AUT degree has prepared me well for such opportunities.”

She enjoyed being able to study at the AUT South Campus for her degree.

“The midwifery degree was one of the first programmes to be offered at the South Campus. For me, that was super handy, as I lived in the surrounding suburbs. It made university much more accessible for me.”

Valuable practical experience
Being able to gain practical midwifery experience was a highlight of her studies, Kaniwa says.

“I especially loved the hands-on experiences that are part of the midwifery degree. The programme incorporates a variety of practical placements within hospitals, primary units and with community midwives.

“I loved being able to support women through the physical and emotional challenges of pregnancy, birthing and postnatal periods. Meeting new people and learning new skills complemented my own practice,” she says.

Last updated: 14-Jul-2017 2.37pm

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