Short Courses in Medicine & Health

Midwifery

Suggested Short Courses in Midwifery

Certificate Reproductive and Maternal Health: a Global Perspective

The Reproductive and Maternal Health: a Global Perspective course from Utrecht Summer School will provide a comprehensive overview about women’s reproductive and maternal health globally. Topics discussed in this course represent critical health challenges and strategies to improve reproductive and maternal health outcomes.

Faculty of Medicine (UU)
Short Course High Dependency and Intensive Care of the Newborn

This theory/practice module is intended for registered nurses and registered midwives, who are working in a high dependency or intensive neonatal care setting. It includes theoretical and practical components to enable you to explore the concept of high dependency and intensive care, and to respond to the holistic needs of infants and their families.

Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education
Short Course Examination of the Newborn

To meet the challenges of continually changing maternity and health care provision, this unique and dynamic module offers specialist professional learning opportunities to Midwives, Health Visitors and Neonatal Nurses. This innovative module responds to the evolving scope of professional practice.

Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education

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Midwifery is a sub-field of the healthcare professions that deals with providing services for pregnant women, new mothers and their infants. Certified nurse-midwives are involved in prenatal and postnatal medical care, in counselling and offering support, and in preparing families for parenthood. Professional midwives usually work in public or private hospitals, small maternity units, birth centres, or are self-employed.

In order to practice midwifery, students have to complete at least an undergraduate degree in midwifery or in a related field. Academic learning involves a great amount of time spent in clinical practice. Most universities offer part-time study opportunities, and some institutions offer combined dual degrees (e.g. Nursing/Midwifery), or other paramedical studies. Midwifery courses are divided between academic lectures and practical training. Besides specific medical knowledge and an education centred on women and family, midwifery academic programmes also aim at developing qualities such as empathy, compassion, good communication and teamwork skills.

It is quite common for people to find their way into midwifery through another career in healthcare, such as nursing, physician assistance, maternity support work, etc. Regardless of background, certified graduates in midwifery have good professional prospects. They can develop further into senior practitioner roles, or become unit leaders who mix managing staff with ongoing hands-on involvement. Specialisations include neonatal nursing or health visiting.

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