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The Past, Present and the Future: Why Midwives Matter

by Sheena Byrom, OBE
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 0.1 Midwifery CEU
  • Learning Format: Live Webinar
  • Handout: No
  • Origin: GOLD Learning

According to the International Confederation of Midwives, a midwife is ‘recognised as a responsible and accountable professional who works in partnership with women to give the necessary support, care and advice during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period, to conduct births on the midwife’s own responsibility and to provide care for the newborn and the infant. This care includes preventative measures, the promotion of normal birth, the detection of complications in mother and child, the accessing of medical care or other appropriate assistance and the carrying out of emergency measures’. Although there is overwhelming evidence that the implementation of midwifery and deployment of professional midwives in all countries would be a vital solution in improving maternal and infants health and well-being, there continues to be lack of understanding of the role of the midwife, and inequalities in access to midwifery care. This talk will touch on the historical context of the midwife and midwifery, review the current global position and offer potential solutions for the future.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Describe the role of the midwife, and the global inconsistencies;

Objective 2: Describe the contribution that midwifery has had on the quality of maternal and newborn care; and

Objective 3: List strategies for confident in lobbying for increased global access to midwifery care.

Categories: Midwifery
Presentations: 1  |  Hours / CE Credits:  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks