The origin and definition of the word ‘midwife’
The history of midwifery and how society impacts on contemporary midwifery practice
The roles and responsibilities of the midwife
How midwives are educated and practise around the world
How partnership and woman-centredness are essential to midwifery work
About the woman’s right to choose her birth options and be involved in care decisions
How discourse impacts on midwifery and birthing practices
About the concept cultural safety in relation to midwifery care
About the link between social disadvantage and poor birth outcome
How midwives support socially disadvantaged women
The aims of antenatal and postnatal care
How midwives support women through labour and birth
The importance of breastfeeding
How midwives support women and partners following birth
This course will benefit those who are interested in doing midwifery as a career choice. This course will allow you to see the scope of practice of the midwife and understand that the focus of midwifery care is the woman. If you are considering a career in midwifery or a parent–to-be, this course will give you insight into the world of the midwife, pregnancy and childbirth.
You will explore the role of the midwife in working with women and their families during pregnancy, labour and birth and the time following birth when the woman is supported in her new role as a mother.