Midwifery Education

 

BRACU Midiwfery Photo 01

 

The Government of Bangladesh is taking the lead to set standards in midwifery education and regulation and has created posts for midwives in public facilities. It also has invested tremendously in faculty development and is ready to roll out the Bachelor in Midwifery curriculum to bring midwifery in Bangladesh towards and academic level, based on international standards. Bachelor in Midwifery graduates will be positioned to practice autonomously in midwife-led centers providing evidence-based, respectful woman-centered care and will be involved in practical and theoretical education of the Diploma midwifery programme meeting the strong need to expand the midwifery faculty in Bangladesh. In the future, a Bachelor degree will be the basic entry-level into the profession, following other countries in the region and internationally.

 

 Midwifery Education

The push to the next level of midwifery education will open an educational pathway for midwives prospectively leading into the Bachelor/Master/PhD- track which will meet the future need of professional midwives serving the public. By creating capacity in the field of research, midwifery of Bangladesh will contribute to the creation of a body of knowledge that is one important pillar of a profession. As midwifery in Bangladesh is a female dominated profession, creating an academic pathway is also a way to bridge the existing gender gap. Better educated midwives will be able to empower women as care-givers, managers, teachers and leaders but will also be able to contribute to the economic growth of the country.

BRAC University, through its organizational structure and core competencies has joined hands with the Government of Bangladesh and followed its set standards to create Diploma midwives since 2012. Of 400 graduates today, 161 have already been absorbed by the public sector, there is a strong need to continue with its efforts educating midwives on Diploma level to meet the need of women and newborns to receive quality care. Another 162 BRACU midwifery graduates are serving in Rohingya Refugee camps meeting the maternal healthcare needs of a vulnerable population.
By 2021, the Government of Bangladesh has projected the need for about 20,000 full-time equivalent skilled birth attendants, ideally midwives, to reach universal health coverage of 95%. This could avert thousands of additional maternal, neonatal and intrapartum deaths by 2021.

The course


Developing Midwives Project offers a 3-year long diploma course with a midwifery curriculum which follows the standards set by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and approved by the Bangladesh Nursing & Midwifery Council (BNMC). The Diploma has been approved by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh (MoH&FW). The Project is being implemented through seven academic sites in six divisions across the country. All academic sites for the Diploma in Midwifery Education was approved by the MoH&FW and accredited by BNMC.

 

Class Room Student

Admission Criteria


Aligned with the GoB admission standards, BRACU allows young women who have completed 12 years of education (up to HSC or equivalent) and have secured a minimum of 2.5 GPA, are eligible for the written admission test. When successful, they appear for viva. Commitment to complete the three-year course and work as a professionally practicing midwife afterwards are also admission requirements.

Curriculum


The curriculum is of 155 credits, which consists 40% theoretical and 60% practical hours. It has been divided into 6 semesters in 3 years, which allows each year to have two semesters. The Midwifery Education Team (MET) of this project is responsible for preparing, revising and timely dissemination of all sorts of academic calendars, modules and clinical equipment. There are 34 modules for this diploma education, including 6 on English language which are trained, managed and monitored by BRAC Institute of Language (BIL). All the Academic Sites are designed with adequate classrooms, clinical labs, computer labs, libraries and dormitory facilities.

Graduation Requirements


• 40 Normal Vaginal Delivery (NVD)
• 40 Newborn Care
• 100 Antenatal and Postnatal Care
• 100 Neonatal
• Family Planning method acceptance

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E-Learning and more

 

DMP has introduced E-Learning methodology to the midwifery students and faculty where they gather updated knowledge on midwifery and collect relevant information. They are often encouraged to access the
E-Learning platforms such as “Global Health E-Learning.” which offers different learning opportunities to internalize midwifery curriculum and modules. In fact modules related to antenatal care, emergency obstetric and newborn care, community health, patient safety, nutrition, complication during pregnancy etc have direct recommendation to use online based knowledge resources as an integral part of study.

Faculty update their knowledge and acquire certificates from the Global Health Networks. Faculty are kept up to date through frequent usage of E-learning platforms like AUT Blackboard and Dropbox to share the knowledge and encouraged to share essential information's with students.