The Midwifery Institute utilizes the core competencies as defined by The International Confederation of Midwives. As you go through the program we will highlight which competencies each course answers.

Category 1- General Competencies

  • Assume responsibility for own decisions and actions as an autonomous practitioner
  • Assume responsibility for self-care and self-development as a midwife
  • Appropriately delegate aspects of care and provide supervision
  • Use research to inform practice
  • Uphold fundamental human rights of individuals when providing midwifery care
  • Adhere to jurisdictional laws, regulatory requirements, and codes of conduct for midwifery practice
  • Facilitate women to make individual choices about care
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication with women and families, health care teams, and community groups
  • Facilitate normal birth processes in institutional and community settings, including women’s homes
  • Assess the health status, screen for health risks, and promote general health and well-being of women and infants
  • Prevent and treat common health problems related to reproduction and early life
  • Recognise abnormalities and complications and institute appropriate treatment and referral
  • Care for women who experience physical and sexual violence and abuse

Category 2- Pre-pregnancy and Antenatal

  • Provide pre-pregnancy care
  • Determine health status of the woman
  • Assess fetal well-being
  • Monitor the progression of pregnancy
  • Promote and support health behaviors that improve wellbeing
  • Provide anticipatory guidance related to pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, parenthood, and change in the family
  • Detect, stabilse, manage, and refer women with complicated pregnancies
  • Assist the woman and her family to plan for an appropriate place of birth
  • Provide care to women with unintended or mistimed pregnancy

Category 3- Care During Labor and Birth

  • Promote physiologic labor and birth
  • Manage a safe spontaneous vaginal birth; prevent, detect, and stabilize complications
  • 3.c Provide care of the newborn immediately after birth

Category 4- Ongoing Care of Women and Newborns

  • Provide postnatal care for the healthy woman
  • Provide care to healthy newborn infant
  • Promote and support breastfeeding
  • Detect, treat, and stabilize postnatal complications in the woman and refer as necessary
  • Detect, stabilize, and manage health problems in newborn infant and refer if necessary
  • Provide family planning services

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