Midwifery Education

 

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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 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 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 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.

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 164 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 Diploma in Midwifery education is designed with a two-pronged approach i.e. developing faculty for midwifery education and producing qualified midwives simultaneously.

 

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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, in both HSC and SSC level 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. Along with other midwifery education modules there are 6 on English language which are trained, managed and monitored by BRAC Institute of Language (BIL). Community Engagement for Graduate Midwives (CEGM) is another aspect of this diploma programme which distinguishes BRACU midwifery education from other institutions.  All the Academic Sites are designed with adequate classrooms, clinical labs, computer labs, libraries and dormitory facilities. 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. Continuous monitoring of all the academics sites are done by this team to ensure similar standard of education.


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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Community Engagement


An inimitability of Diploma in Midwifery education of Developing Midwives Project (DMP), BRAC JPGSPH, BRAC University Community is to engage the students and midwives in community from the inception of the diploma course till end of graduation through the internship. Community interactions in different forms are a built in process in Diploma in Midwifery curriculum. It allows the diploma students and graduates to gather knowledge on necessity of midwifery services in the community, availability of services and common practices at the community and also get opportunity to serve the community directly. DMP is engaging the students of Diploma in Midwifery and the graduates using a variety of platforms i.e. community placement of the students connected with few specific modules, community pop up fair and finally the community engagement of Graduate Midwives that is six months internship. All of these efforts are to focus around the ICM competencies for Midwifery. Community engagement enhance the capability of the students and midwives to develop partnership with women to promote self-care and the health of mothers, infants, and families; demonstrate respect for human dignity and for women as persons with full human rights; advocacy for women so that their voices are heard and their health care choices are respected.

 

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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 theE-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.

 

Midwife-Led Care Centre (MLC)


BRAC University has successfully started two Midwife-Led Care Centre with an innovative approach. This 24/7 delivery centres are promoting alternative birth positions, pain relief techniques to make ease the normal vaginal delivery, using exercise ball and birthing chair. The model centres are enabling the BRACU midwifery students to learn how to provide professional midwifery services first hand, and at the same time, promoting midwifery services to the people of surrounding communities. Pregnant woman are often coming to MLC's just for the exercise and the intimate care provided by the professional midwives.