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Midwife

medical professional who practices obstetrics as a health science

A midwife is a professional in midwifery. Their education and training equips them to recognise the variations of normal progress of labor, and understand how to deal with deviations from normal.

Midwife
Midwife check-up.jpg
A pregnant woman receives an ultrasound examination from a midwife sonographer
Occupation
NamesMidwife[1]
Occupation type
Professional
Activity sectors
Midwifery, obstetrics, newborn care, women's health, reproductive health
Description
CompetenciesKnowledge, professional behaviour and specific skills in family planning, pregnancy, labour, birth, postpartum period, newborn care, women's health, reproductive health, and social, epidemiologic and cultural context of midwifery[2]
Education required
  • Bachelor of Midwifery
  • Master of Midwifery
Fields of
employment
hospitals, clinics, health units, maternity units, birth centers, private practices, home births, community, etc
Related jobs
obstetrician, gynecologist, pediatrician

ReferencesEdit

  1. "International Definition of the Midwife". International Confederation of Midwives. Archived from the original on 22 September 2017. Retrieved 2015. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. "Essential Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice". International Confederation of Midwives (ICM). Archived from the original on 8 October 2017. Retrieved 2015. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)