Midwives are fully accountable as the lead professional for the care and support of women and their families. They provide evidence informed care and work as part of the multidisciplinary team, liaising closely where necessary 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.
Midwives provide holistic care, which requires them to be ‘with woman’. The 21st century midwife needs to understand and value the importance of one-to-one care, continuity and the critical importance of the midwife-woman relationship.
- 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)
- The course is split evenly between theoretical teaching and practical placements, giving you the chance to develop your skills in NHS hospitals, midwifery-led units and community areas, with support from practising midwives.
- You will study a range of topics to meet the NMC standards for midwifery education. This will enable you to be proficient in providing universal care to women with uncomplicated pregnancies and to care for women and babies with additional care needs. You will qualify with the NIPE qualification (Newborn and Infant Physical Examination).
- Benefit from an established breastfeeding clinic hosted by students and staff, where you can put theory into practice working alongside lecturers who are all qualified midwives.
- Awarded Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative accreditation, acknowledging DMU’s high standard of breastfeeding education and equipping you with the skills needed to support new mothers.
- Gain international experience related to your studies through our DMU Global programme, which has enabled students to understand the healthcare provision in Amsterdam, witness midwifery care in Peru and teach children about health-hygiene in India.
From September 2020, all students studying Midwifery will receive at least £5,000 a year with up to £3,000 additional funding available. Further information, including eligible allied health professional courses, can be found on the NHS website.
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.
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