Midwives are the lead professional for all healthy women with straightforward pregnancies. For women with complex pregnancies they work as the key coordinator of care within the multidisciplinary team, liaising closely with obstetricians, general practitioners, health visitors/public health practitioners and maternity support workers/maternity care assistants.
Midwives have an increasingly greater public health role aiming to meet the challenges of reducing inequalities and improving maternal and family health midwifery education, whilst rooted in normality prepares midwives to care for all women including those with complex medical, obstetric and social needs. It prepares and develops midwives to be skilled and safe, empathic and trustworthy, developing skills of autonomy and accountability within multidisciplinary and multi-agency teams.
Reasons to study Midwifery Pre-Registration Midwifery at DMU:
- 100% of our Midwifery graduates from summer 2017 are in work or further study after graduating
According to the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2016-17 report [above the sector average of 94.6%]
- Accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
with eligibility to register with the NMC upon graduation enabling extensive career opportunities in the UK and worldwide (subject to country-specific criteria)
- Awarded the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) accreditation
acknowledges DMU’s high standard of breastfeeding training, equipping you with the skills needed to support new mothers
- Established reputation for innovative and sector-leading midwifery education;
winning an award for providing the first course in deaf awareness and basic sign language
- Benefit from two intakes
per academic year, allowing you to start your studies in September 2018 or March in 2019, and for the 2019/20 academic year September 2019 or January 2020
- Opportunities for dedicated clinical placements in local hospitals
and in the community and birth centres, with the support of a dedicated academic tutor
- Gain international expeience through our #DMUglobal programme
which has enabled students to understand healthcare provision in America and teach children about health-hygiene in India
- DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]
- The TEF Panel judged that De Montfort University delivers “consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.” [Office for Students, 2017]
Structure and assessment
- Caring and Compassion: Introduction to Midwifery and Professional Practice
- Communication and Contextual Issues for Childbearing
- Biological and Scientific Underpinnings of Midwifery Care
- Evidence-Based Holistic Midwifery
- Complexity in Childbearing
- Critical Skills for Midwifery Practice
- New Born Theory
- Continuity and Midwifery Practice
- Midwife as Leader
Facilities and features
Health and Life Sciences
Investment of £12 million in Health and Life Sciences has developed our first-class teaching and learning facilities to help you develop your practical experience and theoretical knowledge beyond the classroom.
The 19th century Hawthorn Building has facilities designed to replicate current practice in health and life sciences, including contemporary analytical chemistry and formulation laboratories, audiology booths and nursing and midwifery clinical skills suites.
Purpose-built clinical skills areas allow you to apply theory to practice in a safe environment. You will receive guidance and support from staff, to ensure that your practical ability in the clinical skills suites is accurate.
We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus.
During term time the main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving access to more than half a million publications and a wide range of DVDs, as well as e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks.
We offer a range of workshops, drop-ins and one-to-one sessions, plus our Just Ask service provides email or telephone support.
Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.
Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.
They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.
Opportunities and careers
Placements take place at NHS hospitals, midwifery-led units and community areas, giving you a variety of experience with opportunities to participate in innovative aspects of midwifery practice, such as case-holding practice, from the end of the second year.
You are mentored by a different midwife in each placement and work the same off-duty which can include nights, weekends and on-call duties, thus gaining understanding of total midwifery care. Midwifery lecturers are all practising midwives, and participate in student assessment.
An elective period is included in your second year, and this is an opportunity to witness maternity care in a different social, cultural and organisational environment as a representative of De Montfort University.
The elective is scheduled at a specific point in your programme and it cannot be undertaken at another time. Electives abroad may be supported by our ground-breaking #DMUglobal imitative. It is expected that learning in these alternative settings will enable you to think comparatively about the health care learning and experiences you encounter across your programme
The course enables you to practice and be entered on the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s register in the UK. Midwives can then apply to work in the EU as well as commonwealth countries such as Canada and Australia (subject to country-specific criterion).
International experiences can help you differentiate yourself in an increasingly competitive graduate jobs market. We offer fantastic opportunities throughout Europe and further afield which will help you gain invaluable educational, work-related and cultural experiences through our #DMUglobal and Erasmus schemes.
Recent global experiences have included summer schools in Turkey, Japan and South Korea, giving students the opportunity to learn alongside students from around the world, study unique modules and explore the cities of Istanbul, Fukuoka and Seoul.