Midwifery

Duration: 2000 Notional Hours

Mode: Full-time

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS INCLUDE:

  • A registered nurse with a Diploma in Nursing and minimum of one year experience. Evidence of formal registration and license to practice is required OR
  • A registered nurse with a Certificate in Nursing and minimum of three years experience as a nurse. Evidence of formal registration and license to practice is required.
  • Successful in interview demonstrating a commitment to midwifery

Educational Philosophy

The midwifery teaching staff believes in the following;

  1. Learning is a self-directed process for which the adult learner assumes primary responsibility
  2. The role of the midwifery teaching staff includes providing resources and support to facilitate student learning
  3. Individual staff members differ in teaching styles. Learners can benefit from exposure to a variety of approaches, both in the classroom and the clinical settings
  4. Evaluation is part of the learning process. Learning is facilitated by reinforcement and constructive feedback from others
  5. Learners are responsible for self-evaluation and communication of learning needs to the teaching staff
  6. In clinical practice, it is the responsibility of the clinical facilitators to maintain boundaries of safety and it is the responsibility of the learner to respect those boundaries
  7. Learning is facilitated by a variety of instructional modalities and interdisciplinary approaches

Conceptual Framework

The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Code of Ethics for Midwives (ICM 1993) underpins the midwifery curriculum.

Preamble to the Code

“The aim of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) is to improve the standard of care provided to women, babies and families throughout the world through the development, education, and appropriate utilization of the professional midwife. In keeping with its aim of women’s health and focus on the midwife, the ICM sets forth the following code to guide the education, practice and research of the midwife. This code acknowledges women as persons, seeks justice for all people and equity in access to health care, and is based on mutual relationships of respect, trust, and the dignity of all members of society.

THE CODE

Midwifery Relationships

  • Midwives respect a woman’s informed right of choice and promote the woman’s acceptance of responsibility for the outcomes of her choices.
  • Midwives work with women, supporting their right to participate actively in decisions about their care, and empowering women to speak for themselves on issues affecting the health of women and their families in their culture/society.
  • Midwives, together with women, work with policy and funding agencies to define women’s needs for health services and to ensure that resources are fairly allocated considering priorities and availability.
  • Midwives support and sustain each other in their professional roles, and actively nurture their own and others’ sense of self-worth.
  • Midwives work with other health professionals, consulting and referring as necessary when the woman’s need for care exceeds the competencies of the midwife.
  • Midwives recognise the human interdependence within their field of practice and actively seek to resolve inherent conflicts.
  • The midwife has responsibilities to her or himself as a person of moral worth, including duties of moral self-respect and the preservation of integrity.

Practice of Midwifery 

  • Midwives provide care for women and childbearing families with respect for cultural diversity while also working to eliminate harmful practices within those same cultures.

  • Midwives encourage realistic expectations of childbirth by women within their own society, with the minimum expectation that no women should be harmed by conception or childbearing.

  • Midwives use their professional knowledge to ensure safe birthing practices in all environments and cultures.

  • Midwives respond to the psychological, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of women seeking health care, whatever their circumstances.

  • Midwives act as effective role models in health promotion for women throughout their life cycle, for families and for other health professionals.

  • Midwives actively seek personal, intellectual and professional growth throughout their midwifery career, integrating this growth into their practice.

The Professional Responsibilities of Midwives

  • Midwives hold in confidence client information in order to protect the right to privacy, and use judgement in sharing this information.

  • Midwives are responsible for their decisions and actions, and are accountable for the related outcomes in their care of women.

  • Midwives may refuse to participate in activities for which they hold deep moral opposition; however, the emphasis on individual conscience should not deprive women of essential health services.

  • Midwives understand the adverse consequences that ethical and human rights violations have on the health of women and infants, and will work to eliminate these violations.

  • Midwives participate in the development and implementation of health policies that promote the health of all women and childbearing families.

Advancement of Midwifery Knowledge and Practice

  • Midwives ensure that the advancement of midwifery knowledge is based on activities that protect the rights of women as persons.

  • Midwives develop and share midwifery knowledge through a variety of processes, such as peer review and research.

  • Midwives participate in the formal education of midwifery students and midwives.

Timetable of units across semesters and notional hours linked to work based experience areas

SEMESTER

UNITS/COURSES

WBE AREAS

SEMESTER 1

Professionalism and Lifelong learning (30)

Behavioural sciences applied to midwifery(45)

Anatomy and physiology applied to midwifery (90)

Legal and ethical (45)

Midwifery Practice: antenatal and labour (90)

Midwifery Practice:postnatal and baby(90)

Antenatal clinics

Labour room

Postnatal clinics and ward

TOTAL HOURS

12 weeks

 9 weeks

SEMESTER 2

 High risk pregnancy and labour (90)

 High risk postnatal   (45)

 Evidence based midwifery practice ( 45)

 Baby with complex needs (45)

Womens health(45)

Antenatal ward/gynecology ward

Labour ward

Neonatal unit

Family planning clinics

TOTAL HOURS

8 weeks

12 weeks

SEMESTER 3

Obstetric emergencies (45)

Health promotion (45)

 Management and leadership   in the context of midwifery (45)

Community clinics

Labour ward

Elective placements (depending on need to complete experience)

TOTAL HOURS

4 weeks

16 weeks

 

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