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Diploma in Midwifery

Course Durations : 3 years

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Introduction:

The Diploma in Midwifery is an integral part of the strategic direction of the Bangladesh.

Government to increase the midwifery workforce and decrease maternal and infant mortality and morbidity in Bangladesh. Following the MDGs, the Government of Bangladesh has been taken initiative to introduce professional Midwives in the health care delivery system as an integral part to the achievement of target of Sustainable Development Goals 3 (Good Health and Well-being for all) (SDGs) by 2030.

It is imperative that if Bangladesh is to meet these goals the country has a skilled, competent midwifery workforce to provide quality maternal and newborn health care as and when needed. Bangladesh seeks to reduce its maternal mortality ratio from 193 per 100,0001 and the newborn mortality rate of 50/1000 births 2 if it is to reach the targets of the SDG goals by 2030.Midwives have expertise in normal pregnancy, birth and postnatal and will recognize when things deviate from the normal. They appropriately advocate, consult with and refer to obstetricians or other medical doctors. Additionally, midwives are competent in a number of skills in which a midwife, either through delegated responsibility or an emergency situation, needs is competent to save lives. Midwives provide highly skilled midwifery care to women and newborns, and thus contribute to attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

This curriculum is informed by the International Confederation of Midwives' (ICM) Standards for Education and it prepares midwives to meet the ICM competencies for practice and aims to prepare midwives to practice autonomously across the scope of midwifery practice.

Goal:

The goal of this programme is to provide optimal learning opportunities for the purpose of preparing midwives of the highest caliber who will function autonomously within the competencies and scope of Midwifery practice as defined by the Bangladesh Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Curriculum Design:

The curriculum is dynamic with provision for incorporating emerging health problems and changing health policies as well as latest advancement in health sciences. The Diploma in Midwifery program is designed to incorporate.

# General Courses
1 Behavioral Science
2 Basic Science
3 Communicative English
4 Information & Communication Technology(ICT)
# Foundation Courses
1 Anatomy and Physiology
2 Professional Framework & Communication in Midwifery
3 Midwifery in Pharmacology
4 Research and Evidance based Midwifery
# Professional Courses
1 Fundamentals of Midwifery
2 Art and Science of Midwifery
3 Women's Health
4 Complicated Maternity Experience
5 Complexities of Maternity Experience
6 Newborn Complications
7 Transition to Registered Midwifery Practice & Practicum
8 Midwifery Practice - I
9 Midwifery Practice - II
10 Midwifery Practicum

Curriculum Structure:

The Diploma in Midwifery will be of three years duration course. Each academic year consist of 52 weeks.

1st year:

Out of 52 weeks 24 weeks will be reserved for theory, 8 weeks for laboratory classes, 8 weeks for clinical practice, 2 week for term examination, 1 week for review class, 1 week for preparatory leave, 4 weeks for final examination and 4 weeks for break/annual leave. This break may also allow time for students who fail a course to take re-exam, or to do additional study like assignment & practice to improve their academic performance in order to fulfill the requirement of the course. The conversion of weeks into hours are; theory-864, laboratory-288 and Clinical practice-384 hours.

2nd year:

Out of 52 weeks 17 weeks will be reserved for theory, 5 weeks for laboratory classes, 18 weeks for clinical practice, 2 week for term examination, 1 week for review class, 1 week for preparatory leave, 4 weeks for final examination and 4 weeks for break/annual leave. This break may also allow time for students who fail a course to take re-exam, or to do additional study like assignment & practice to improve their academic performance in order to fulfill the requirement of the course. The conversion of weeks into hours are; theory- 612, laboratory-180 and Clinical practice-864 hours.

3rd year:

Out of 52 weeks 13 weeks will be reserved for theory, 4 weeks for laboratory classes, 23 weeks for clinical practice and practicum, 2 week for term examination, 1 week for review class, 1 week for preparatory leave, 4 weeks for final examination and 4 weeks for break/annual leave. This break may also allow time for students who fail a course to take re-exam, or to do additional study like assignment & practice to improve their academic performance in order to fulfill the requirement of the course. The conversion of weeks into hours are; theory- 468, laboratory-144 and Clinical practice and practicum1104 hours.

Internship:

Upon the successful completion of Diploma course, six months internship is compulsory for all students. The students who will not complete the internship she will not appear in the comprehensive licensing examination.

Grading Scale:

Marks obtained (%) Grade Grade Point
80% - 100% A+ 4
75% - 79% A 3.75
70% - 74% A- 3.50
65% - 69% B+ 3.25
60% - 64% B 3.00
Less than 60% F 0