What is a Midwife and midwifery?
The term 'midwife' means 'with woman'. As a midwife, you will be helping parents and families at one of the most crucial times of their lives, supporting the woman during pregnancy, childbirth and the post-natal period. Midwives play a vital role in promoting and maintaining health, facilitating normal childbirth and helping women make informed choices about their care. The midwife uses midwifery skills to provide care that is individual to each woman and recognises the woman’s ownership of her birth experience. The midwife is the key professional providing continuity of care and promoting choice and control to women in pregnancy and birth, and to women and their babies following birth. The core concepts of the midwifery profession are of:
- Normality - childbirth is viewed as a normal event in the life cycle, a normal healthy event
- Woman-centred - the focus of midwifery practice is pregnant women and their families and delivering care in woman-centred maternity services.
- Respect: midwifery care is delivered in a manner that respects the uniqueness and dignity of each person regardless of culture or religion.
- Partnership - partnership between the woman and the midwife is fundamental to midwifery practice. It is based on mutual trust, support and collaboration, which facilitates informed choice and decision-making and the empowerment of both the woman and the midwife.
- Client first - decisions about an individual midwife's scope of practice should always be made with the woman’s and her family's best interests foremost and in the interest of promoting and maintaining best quality maternity services for women and their families.
- Evidence based - midwifery practice is based on the best available evidence.
- Advocacy - midwifery practice involves advocacy for the individual woman and her family.
This four-year programme will be offered in partnership with two linked maternity care providers: The Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital and The Rotunda Hospital. The first three years combine learning in university and midwifery practice in the maternity hospitals and will take place during the academic year with the usual academic holidays. The final year will include a 36-week period of internship in midwifery practice.
This programme will provide you with the knowledge and skills to meet the needs of women and their families in an individualised, culturally sensitive manner. There are two components to the midwifery degree programme - a theoretical component and a midwifery practice component.
Like all professional courses in health sciences, Midwifery places extra demands on students' time. It can be demanding, both physically and emotionally and so you should ensure that you are in a position to fully engage with the course during your time in College.
The theoretical component of the course will be taught in the Trinity School of Nursing and Midwifery, D'Olier Street and in the Trinity Centre for Health Sciences in St. James's Hospital. Teaching methods include lectures, small-group teaching, tutorials and practice classes. You will typically spend 3-4 days in theory classes each week and each day will consist of approximately 6 hours per day in lectures, tutorials and laboratory practicals.
The programme content will cover such areas as:
- Midwifery practice - knowledge and skills; Communication and interpersonal skills; Professional, personal, ethical and legal issues; Knowledge base for midwifery practice to include: biological sciences, psychology, pharmacology, non-pharmaceutical approaches; Social theory for midwifery practice; Research; Health promotion; Maternal and social care services in Ireland
Midwifery practice component
For the practice component you will be based in one of the maternity care providers: the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital or the Rotunda Hospital. Midwifery students will also undertake other clinical placements, for example, mental health, medical and surgical. In the first three years students will be required to complete three, four to six-week clinical placements, which will consist of 30-35 hours (approximately) supernumerary practice per week in a practice setting. The final year will include a 36-week period of internship in midwifery practice.
Midwifery clinical placements take place throughout the four years of the programme. You will begin your first midwifery clinical placement in November of the first year of the programme. Before this placement you will have spent approximately one day per week with lecturers and midwives in the maternity hospitals.
Which maternity care provider will you train with?
After you accept an offer to this programme, you will receive a welcome pack from Trinity. This pack contains a form asking you to indicate which maternity care provider you would prefer to be linked with. Requests are dealt with on a first-come, first-served basis. Where possible you will be assigned your first choice; however, if the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available you will be assigned your second choice. A reserve list is held and if a vacancy arises it may be possible to transfer to your first choice.
Assessment of learning in midwifery practice is an important component of the programme and will take place throughout the programme. Other forms of assessment include written examinations and assignments, presentations, debates, teaching sessions, etc.
As a graduate you will be eligible to apply to have your name entered in the midwives division of the Register of Nurses maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and begin your career as a midwife. Midwives may choose to work in a variety of health care settings. The majority of midwives practise within the Health Service, in maternity hospitals, maternity units of large and small general hospitals, in private maternity hospitals, etc. Midwives can also practice independently and there is a small-group of midwives who do so. There are also a number of midwife-led initiatives being developed.
Midwives have an option to develop their career in many different ways; progress is along three broad pathways: practice, management, education and research. Midwives educated in the Republic of Ireland may move freely within the European Union and in most countries worldwide.
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Specific Entry Requirements
|Note for mature applicants:||Applications must be received by the CAO by 1 February of the proposed year of entry. You are not required to submit a mature-student supplementary application form to Trinity College. However, you will be invited to attend a written assessment by the Nursing Careers Centre.|
|Screening (including a medical) and vaccination will be organised by the health service provider responsible for the practice area where you will be on placement.|
See Precautions against Infectious Diseases for vaccination requirements with regard to Hepatitis B, Hepatits C and Tuberculosis.
|GARDA VETTING:||Students will be required to undergo Garda vetting. |
See Garda vetting for further details