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Understanding and Avoiding Bullying

The National College of Midwifery is committed to providing education, support, and resources to end bullying in midwifery training. See our policy hereIf you feel you are being bullied, please reach out to our President who can help you navigate this difficult situation.


Students have expressed that because most people do not witness a midwifery apprenticeship prior to experiencing it, it can be quite difficult to distinguish bullying from the normal stresses and challenges of the preceptor/ apprenticeship relationship. On this page, we have compiled resources and provide examples of bullying behavior to help create this distinction.


Bullying in Midwifery: An exploration of the power imbalance in the student/preceptor relationship
by Tracey Cuneo is featured on the above-linked student midwifery page and is excellent. It highlights specific behaviors in midwifery apprenticeships that are considered bullying.


This is the link to an anti-bullying campaign by MANA: The Dignity Birth Campaign


The following links will direct you to articles about bullying within direct entry midwifery:

  1. Farrell, M. Bullying. Midwifery Today, Issue 80, Winter 2006.

  2. Farrell, M. Who Is the Bully? Midwifery Today, Issue 81, Spring 2007.

  3. Farrell, M. The Target of the Bully and the Effects of PTSD . Midwifery Today, Issue 82, Summer 2007.

  4. Farrell, M. Finding Better Solutions to End Bullying – What a Midwife Can Do . Midwifery Today, Issue 83, Autumn 2007.

  5. Farrell, M. Finding Better Solutions to End Bullying – What an Organization Can Do. Midwifery Today, Issue 84, Winter 2007.  

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