Examination arrangements for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers

Deadlines apply to applications for alternative exam arrangements. Please carefully check our key examination dates.

Arrangements for pregnant mothers, mothers of new babies and breastfeeding mothers are contingency arrangements only.

Please note: It may not be possible to provide alternative examination arrangements for examinations sat outside of New Zealand.

Pregnant mothers

What do I do if my baby is expected to arrive very close to the time of my exam?

Ask your doctor or midwife to complete the Alternative Exam Arrangement Medical Support Form (80 KB) and mail it to Assessment Services, Private Bag 11-222, Manawatu Box Lobby, Palmerston North, 4442. Your midwife or doctor may wish to add a medical certificate with the form, but the form itself must be returned to the Assessment Services.

Where will the exam take place?

Exams generally take place on campus or at the Distance Learning venue.

Can I have extra time?

You may apply for extra time of 10 minutes per hour of examination to enable you to take breaks.

What if I am unable to sit my exam/s due to the birth of my baby?

You may apply for Aegrotat consideration if the birth of the baby prevents you from sitting the exam/s. Please be aware that applying for an Aegrotat does not guarantee a pass.

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Breastfeeding Mothers

What if I am breastfeeding my young baby at the time of my exams?

Ask your doctor or midwife to complete the Alternative Exam Arrangement Medical Support Form (80 KB) form, confirming you are breastfeeding your baby, and mail the form to Assessment Services, Private Bag 11-222, Manawatu Box Lobby, Palmerston North, 4442. Your midwife or doctor may wish to add a medical certificate with the form, but the form itself must be returned to the Assessment Services.

There is a deadline for applying for alternative exam arrangements. Please check our key examination dates.

Can I have Home Supervision?

Home Supervision is an arrangement of "last resort". Home supervision is granted on a case-by-case basis.

Who looks after the baby?

Arrange for someone, who may be a family member or close friend to care for your baby.

How much extra time will be granted?

You will be granted extra time of 10 minutes per hour of examination to enable you to breastfeed your baby.

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