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What is a Midwife and Midwifery?
The term ‘midwife’ means ‘with woman’. As a midwife, you will be helping women and their 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 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.
Is this the right course for you?
Midwives often describe their job as ‘privileged’. The role they have in preparing women for the delivery of new life makes them a vital presence during all stages of pregnancy, labour and the early postnatal period.
This unique role is demanding and carries plenty of responsibility. However, a career in midwifery involves a great deal of professional and personal satisfaction.
If you want a rewarding and respected career with great employment and travel opportunities, then the professional course in midwifery could be for you.
There are two components to the midwifery degree course; 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 Trinity.
Why study Midwifery at Trinity?
The School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity is the largest School of Nursing and Midwifery in the country. You will have the opportunity to meet and mix with students from Ireland and abroad and form cohesive bonds throughout your time with us. Nursing students are taught theory predominantly in the School of Nursing and Midwifery building on D’Olier St, which is a wonderful historic building in the heart of the capital. The School is a great place to learn and interact with classmates and, with its close proximity to Trinity’s main campus, nursing students are never far from the centre of student life. While on clinical placements, you will be supervised by highly skilled midwives who have been specially prepared to guide and direct your learning.
We also offer opportunities to study abroad and have a large suite of postgraduate courses available to our graduates to facilitate further study needs.
What will you study?
This four-year programme 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.
The first three years combine learning in university and clinical 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.
The majority of the theoretical component of the course will be taught in the Trinity School of Nursing and Midwifery building, which is located on D’Olier Street, minutes from the main campus. Classes are also held on other sites including the main Trinity campus 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 three to four days in theory classes each week and each day will consist of approximately six hours per day in lectures, tutorials and laboratory work.
The course is offered in partnership with two linked maternity care providers: The Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital and The Rotunda Hospital. Each midwifery student will be allocated all of their midwifery clinical placements throughout the four years at one of these maternity hospitals. You will begin your first midwifery clinical placement in November of the first year of the course. Before this placement you will have spent approximately one day per week experiencing midwifery practice with lecturers and midwives in the maternity hospitals. You will be required to complete clinical placements each year, which will consist of 30-35 hours (approximately) supernumerary practice per week in a practice setting. Midwifery students will also undertake other clinical placements, for example, mental health, medical and surgical. The final year will include a 36-week period of internship in clinical midwifery practice.
This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to meet the needs of women and their families in an individualised, culturally sensitive manner.
Assessment of learning in midwifery practice is an important component of the course and will take place throughout the course. Other forms of assessment include written examinations and assignments, presentations, debates, teaching sessions, and clinical practice assessment.
On completion of this course, the student will be eligible for registration as a midwife with The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. The course offers an excellent foundation for career advancement in midwifery and further health related studies. It facilitates learning across wide and varied experiences and promotes flexibility for employment within and outside the health services.
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Specific Entry Requirements
|Leaving Certificate||O/HD3 Mathematics|
O/HD3 In one of biology, physics, chemistry, physics/chemistry or agricultural science
|GCSE||Grade C Mathematics|
Grade C In one of biology, physics or chemistry
|Other EU examination systems||See www.tcd.ie/Admissions/undergraduate/requirements/matriculation/other/|
|See http://www.tcd.ie/Admissions/undergraduate/requirements/infectiousdiseases/ for vaccination requirements with regard to Hepatitis B, Hepatits C and Tuberculosis.|
|GARDA VETTING:||Students will be required to undergo Garda vetting. See http://www.tcd.ie/Admissions/undergraduate/requirements/garda/ for further details|