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midwifery

 [mid´wif-re, mid´wi-fer-e]
the practice of assisting at childbirth.

mid·wife·ry

(mid-wif'ĕ-rē),
Independent care of essentially normal, healthy women and infants by a midwife, prepartally, intrapartally, postpartally, and/or obstetrically in a hospital, birth center, or home setting, and including normal delivery of the infant, with medical consultation, collaborative management, and referral of cases in which abnormalities develop; strong emphasis is placed on educational preparation of parents for child-bearing and child-rearing, with an orientation toward childbirth as a normal physiologic process requiring minimal intervention.

midwifery

The health profession which provides care to childbearing women during pregnancy, labour and delivery, after childbirth and with breastfeeding.

mid·wife·ry

(mid-wif'ĕ-rē)
Independent care of essentially normal, healthy women and infants by a midwife, antepartally, intrapartally, postpartally, or obstetrically in a hospital, birth center, or home setting, and including normal delivery of the infant, with medical consultation, collaborative management, and referral of cases in which abnormalities develop; strong emphasis is placed on educational preparation of parents for child-bearing and child-rearing, with an orientation toward childbirth as a normal physiologic process requiring minimal intervention.
See also: doula

midwifery

The nursing speciality concerned with the conduct of antenatal care, labour and childbirth. Midwifery differs from OBSTETRICS to the extent that it is concerned primarily with the normal. Complications and undue difficulties are managed or supervised by doctors specializing in obstetrics.
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In April 2018, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) reported that there had been a 35 per cent drop in the number of applications for midwifery courses in England since 2013, and that the biggest drop was in applicants aged 21 or older - mature students.
In the immediate hypothetical, it would be prudent for the faculty and administration to require remediation or proficiency testing in past substandard coursework that is deemed vital for the midwifery (or any other clinical) practice experience.
Elaine Newell " Joining the trust as head of midwifery in 2009, Elaine faced a multitude of challenges including poor patient experience, concerns over care quality, and issues with recruitment and retention, as she led maternity services into an award winning service.
"While we do need new staff to meet the growing demand for nursing and midwifery services, we are also working with our existing staff to help them develop their career potential.
According to him, the inadequate computers for the ICT centre and unavailability of a standby plant compelled the 128 midwifery students to write their maiden online examination at Sunyani Technical University.
Masood Solangi and the Principals of the Midwifery Schools attended the meeting.
Syed Saif ur Rehman said that he will play its role to promote midwifery department in KMC's hospital.
Conroy said NZNO represented nurses well, but the strike was about recognising midwifery as a separate profession.
Several notable attendees gave remarks at the event including; Bong County Health Officer, Representatives of Nursing/Midwifery Institutions, Liberian Nurses Association, Liberian Midwifery Association, Liberia Association of Medical Laboratory Technologist, and Liberia Board for Nursing and Midwifery.
He said that the last time such training was conducted in Gombe was in 2014, noting that beneficiaries were those who graduated with Basic Midwifery in School of Midwifery, as well as graduates of School of Nursing but with one year experience in Post Basic Midwifery.
More than 350 School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery students from the university's four campuses in Paisley, Hamilton, Ayr and Dumfries attended, with 36 exhibitors from local and national NHS health boards, private healthcare providers, and government and nursing agencies present to talk to students about their future employment opportunities.
UNFPA has been a strong supporter of midwifery globally since 2008, supporting midwifery programmes in over 120 countries.