A midwife is a person who, having been regularly admitted to a midwifery education programme, duly recognised in the country in which it is located, has successfully completed the prescribed course of studies in midwifery and has acquired the requisite qualifications to be registered and/or legally licensed to practise midwifery.
She must be able to give the necessary supervision, care and advice to women during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period, to conduct deliveries on her own responsibility and to care for the newborn and the infant. This care includes preventative measures, the detection of abnormal conditions in mother and child, the procurement of medical assistance and the execution of emergency measures in the absence of medical help. She has an important task in health counselling and education, not only for the women, but also within the family and the community. The work work should involve antenatal education and preparation for parenthood and extends to certain areas of gynaecology, family planning and child care. She may practise in hospitals, clinics, health units, domiciliary conditions or in any other service.
Advice on pregnancy, childbirth, STDs, infertility and gynecology with articles and discussion boards, moderated by Elizabeth Stein, a certified nurse midwife in New York City.
Protocols for midwives prepared by a midwife and legal nurse consultant. Service details, pricing, and curriculum vitae.
A specialist site from the publishers of the British Journal of Midwifery. Includes a library and archives, the history, editorial and news and the profession.
Learn about pregnancy, birth, midwifery, herbs, drugs and alternative medicine.
Resources for midwives, nurses, doulas, childbirth educators, doctors, and parents.
Find a midwife with the International Waterbirth Referral Service. A resource for information and waterbirth products. Birth tub rentals, sales, and conference information.
Information resources and WHO program information on midwifery and its role in the provision of essential obstetric care worldwide.
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