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Diploma in Midwifery

GOAL OF THE PROGRAMME

The goal of the programme is to produce polyvalent midwives who will practice midwifery in any part of the community, country and sub-region

The student midwife would have acquired knowledge, skills and attitudes to recognize the total reproductive health needs of individuals, families and communities and participate effectively in meeting those needs.

PHILOSOPHY

Health is a state of complete physical, social, mental, spiritual and psychological well-being not merely the absence of illness or infirmity (W.H.O, 1947). It is a relative state, determined by several factors (personal values, physical, biological, economic, psychological, cultural, spiritual and political) within the individual’s environment.

Reproductive and Child Health is a Fundamental human right of all families, individuals and communities irrespective of their race, sex, religion, creed, beliefs and values.

The institution believes that:
1. Individuals have reproductive rights that must be respected. The individual is to rational being endowed with intelligence and must be encouraged to utilize her potentials in solving important problems.
2. Individuals belong to families and communities with specific physical, socio-cultural and economic factors which influence their health seeking behaviour and health patterns
3. Midwifery education prepares the midwife to function effectively and improves her knowledge and skills by participating in professional and community activities.
4. The purpose of Midwifery education is to enable the student midwife to obtain a qualification which makes her eligible for registration by the Nurses and Midwives’ Council of Ghana and assume the responsibilities and accountability that Midwifery registration imposes
5. The special training that the midwife receives places her in a unique position to assume the role of a counsellor, leader, resource person, teacher, researcher, manager and care giver to assist individual mothers and families to promote good family health
6. With the knowledge of midwifery, social sciences, anatomy, family planning, child health, she is able to provide efficient care to individuals, families and the community at large
7. The student-mid-wife can best provide total Midwifery care by being provided with learning experience in real midwifery situations which will stimulate motivation and self-direction.
8. The Midwife has the ability to perform her functions independently, work in co-operation with her colleagues, other members of the health team, families and community members for the achievement of the better family health.

OBECTIVES TO THE PROGRAMME

By the end of the programme, the midwife will:

– Use the knowledge acquired in the principles of homeostasis to meet clients/patients’ needs.
– Use the midwifery process as a professional tool for meeting the total health needs of individuals, families and communities.
– Develop skills and activities for imparting knowledge and principles of reproductive health to student midwives and clients/patients.
– Plan and carry out health education based on reproductive health needs of the community.

Utilize the knowledge acquired to:

1. Plan and implement safe and effective reproductive health care to the expectant mother and her family throughout the obstetric cycle.
2. Recognize abnormal obstetrical condition and seek prompt medical intervention
3. Give advice and treatment when necessary to prevent maternal and infant morbidity and mortality.
4. Co-operate with her colleagues, members of the health team and community in providing comprehensive (ie. Preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative) reproductive health care to the expectant mother and her family
5. Develop the habit of consciously seeking to improve herself and her profession and community activities.
6. Develop research appreciation through the use of scientific methods (or processes) in nursing the expectant mother and her family.
7. Exhibit administrative and leadership capabilities in managing health care units within the framework of the national health policy.