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About The Society


The Midwives Society of South Africa aims to raise the status, maintain the integrity, support and promote the interests of the midwife, develop and promote an adequate, efficient and effective midwifery service in South Africa, consider every matter in connection with or with reference to midwifery and act as an advisory body, bring about liaison and cooperation with other groups and health care providers associated with midwifery, encourage the establishment of local groups in order to promote the aims and goals of the Society, promote research in midwifery and promote liaison with midwifery groups internationally.

Frequently Asked Questions

In South Africa Midwifery training is currently offered as a comprehensive package with general nursing, midwifery, community nursing and psychiatry as either a four year degree or a four year diploma. Degree courses are offered at most universities and the universities usually have colleges affiliated to them that offer the diplomas.

In order to ensure that you choose a reputable training institution, visit the website of the South African Nursing Council ( As regulatory authority for the profession in SA, they have lists of accredited facilities where the standard of training is maintained at a desirable level.

Finding a midwife

It is not part of the mandate of the Society of Midwives of South Africa to provide contact details of practitioners. As a member association of the International Confederation of Midwives we agree with the position statement stating that a midwife is the most appropriate care provider during pregnancy, birth and the post natal period for a low risk pregnancy and birth.

Kindly visit the following website that have a directory function for service providers like midwives, doulas and childbirth preparation educators in SA:

Who regulates the Midwifery Profession in South Africa

The Midwifery profession is regulated under Act No. 33 of 2005, The Nursing Act and the South African Nursing Council is the regulatory body of Midwifery in South Africa:

SOMSA cannot assist with the following:

  • Placement of International Students that require midwifery experience
  • Information for student projects
  • SOMSA cannot distribute the contact lists of its members