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Do you want a rewarding career that makes a positive impact to the woman of Counties Manukau rohe?

If you are of Maaori or Pacific Island descent, interested in training to be a Childbirth Educator and working at Counties Manukau Health once qualified, we have a great opportunity for you.

We are providing funding for two students currently enrolled, planning to enroll or have a confirmed place for 2022-23 academic year in the NZ Diploma in Pregnancy, Childbirth and Early Parenting Education with Ara Institute of Canterbury.

You can study from anywhere in New Zealand.

The course combines online and face-to-face learning and requires a commitment of 20 hours of study per week, plus attendance at two, three-day waananga/intensives at the City campus (Christchurch).

This two-year, part-time programme is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge required to facilitate quality, informed pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting education.

“This is a truly rewarding career which supports women through the physiological process of pregnancy and childbirth, both emotionally and physically.  This great opportunity to fund your studies enables you to move onto supporting pregnant people and new families during a significant life event in the Counties Manukau area,” says Amanda Hinks, Service Development Manager Maternity Services.

In addition to your theory studies, you'll undertake significant work-integrated learning alongside a qualified antenatal educator. This ensures continuous integration with the theoretical components of the course, allowing you to develop your competence and confidence in preparation for facilitating Pregnancy, Childbirth and Early Parenting Education sessions.

Upon completion of this programme you'll be a knowledgeable facilitator of adult learning, able to plan, implement and evaluate effective pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting programmes that are evidence-based and aligned with community needs in Counties Manukau. 

Successful applicants will receive funded support with:

  • NZ Diploma in Pregnancy, Childbirth and Early Parenting Education Course Fees
  • Student Service Fee
  • Accommodation and flights to Christchurch to attend the Waananga days


  • NZ Citizen/Resident
  • Proof of offer of a place or existing place on the New Zealand Diploma in Pregnancy, Childbirth and Early Parenting Education Course with the Ara Institute in Canterbury starting February 2022
  • Completed a course of COVID 19 vaccinations

Please apply online at by submitting a CV and cover letter.

For more information regarding the funding, please contact Amanda Hinks or for course details and applications visit the NZ Diploma in Pregnancy, Childbirth and Early Parenting Education page.

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