- Course Code: UKFEC17IMW
- Location: Online
- Duration: 20 hours
- Qualification: Introduction to Midwifery Certificate
- Course Access: Lifetime
- Exams Included: Yes
- Compatibility: All major devices and browsers
Introduction to Midwifery Certificate Course
PLEASE NOTE: Completion of this course does not result in a degree of midwifery or qualify participants to practise professionally. This course is not linked to the NMC.
The Introduction to Midwifery Certificate course is filled with instruction that will put you on the path to beginning a career as a successful midwife.
Midwifery is one of the oldest professions in the world. The basic role of a midwife is to care for and support pregnant women and their babies before, during, and after giving birth. This course will cover several concepts associated with midwifery, including the history of the profession, how to become a midwife and how to practise as a midwife.
This online course provides students with a comprehensive training programme that allows them to study whenever and wherever is convenient. Many enrolled students still work full time and maintain an active lifestyle while pursuing their degrees.
To access the study material for the midwifery course, you will need any device with a valid internet connection. In addition, while you study, you are eligible to receive online support.
Once you have successfully completed this course, and a multiple-choice exam, you will be awarded your certificate. Your certificate can be downloaded and printed from home, or for a small cost, we can post it to you.
What You Will Learn
The Midwifery course offers students a comprehensive overview into the roles of a midwife. This course will cover:
- The origin and definition of midwifery
- The history of midwifery from the ancient to modern times
- Roles of a midwife
- The educational requirements to becoming a midwife
- Qualifying as a midwife in the UK
- Responsibilities of a midwife
- Midwife practices around the world
- Women’s rights and birth options
- The principles of midwifery and cultural awareness
- Antenatal care and screening
- How midwives support women through labour and birth
- The aims of postnatal care as a midwife
- The importance of breastfeeding
- Blood pressure monitoring and pre-eclampsia
- Infection control and hygiene
- The female anatomy
- Medications and pregnancy
- Emergencies and caesarean section
- Initial baby check and examination
- Conditions with labour and pregnancy
- Mental health issues in pregnancy
Benefits of the Midwifery Certificate Course
Students working towards achieving a certificate in Midwifery will see a variety of benefits. These include the following:
- The ability to study from home, or anywhere with a convenient internet connection.
- Study at a pace that is comfortable for you. Since there is no time limit for this course, you will complete your studies, regardless of how long it takes you.
- You can study training material on any device including computers, tablets, or mobile phones.
- The ability to easily manage modules and understand course structure.
- Convenient online support available while you train.
- The opportunity to access a comprehensive syllabus that will assist you in acquiring the knowledge necessary to fast track you in the process to becoming a midwife.
- The opportunity to gain prospects while applying for work or volunteer opportunities in the industry.
- A certified and recognised certificate upon successful course completion.
- An affordable pricing structure.
- To learn about the origin of the word “midwife”
- To gain an understanding of the midwife’s role
- To become familiar with the day to day tasks of a midwife
- To differentiate between the roles and requirements of hospital based midwives and independent midwives
- To learn about the midwifery practices of ancient civilisations
- To learn about the darkest days for practicing midwives
- To understand how the Renaissance changed the practice of midwifery
- To learn about how modern midwifery came to be
- To learn about the government’s vision for midwifery
- To learn about the roles midwives play in childbearing
- To understand how midwives provide physical and emotional support to women
- To learn about education models for midwives in the UK
- To learn the basics of what a midwife does
- To understand the educational requirements for midwifery
- To understand what type of skills, interests and personalities work best in midwifery
- To learn more about the working hours and conditions of a job in midwifery
- To learn about the different paths to midwifery
- To learn about the admission requirements to midwifery courses
- To learn about what you can expect in shortened courses
- To understand what you might learn when in university
- To learn about the education of midwives in Canada and Australia
- To learn about the education of midwives in France and the US
- To learn about the education of midwives in New Zealand and the Netherlands
- To learn about the education of midwives in Japan and Sweden
- To learn what women’s rights are, within the context of pregnancy and labour
- To understand how midwives must support these rights, in order to support women
- To understand a midwife’s rights and how they are associated with women’s rights
- To understand a baby’s rights and how they are intimately connected with their mother’s rights
- To understand how socioeconomic disadvantages can affect your patients
- To understand how socioeconomic disadvantages can affect the babies
- To learn how to measure the impact of midwifery on public health
- To learn how you can improve your own midwifery practice
- To learn and understand the principles of midwifery and cultural awareness
- To understand the origins of cultural safety
- To learn how cultural safety fits in with general nursing philosophies
- To understand why cultural safety matters in a healthcare setting
- To learn about what antenatal care is
- To learn about the principles of care
- To learn what happens at various antenatal appointments
- To learn about antenatal classes
- To understand the background of midwives supporting women through labour
- To learn about how you can support your patients with different positions
- To learn about different ways to support your patients through pain relief
- To learn how to support your patient during the second stage of labour
- To learn about the major aims of postnatal care for new mums
- To learn about the basics of a postnatal care visit
- To learn about the physical health of the mother
- To learn about the mental health of the mother
- To learn about the benefits of breastfeeding
- To learn about potential issues in formula feeding
- To learn about normal breastfeeding practices
- To learn how to encourage women to breastfeed
- To learn about the risks for pregnant women who have high blood pressure
- To understand the different types of high blood pressure that pregnant women can get
- To learn how high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia is connected
- To understand how pre-eclampsia develops
- To learn about the general principles of infection prevention and control
- To understand how to use personal protection equipment
- To learn about the decontamination of reusable medical equipment
- To learn how to create and maintain a clean work environment
- To learn about what specimens are collected after birth
- To learn what those specimens are used for
- To learn when to collect those specimens and how to store them, if required
- To learn how to collect the specimen
- To learn about different methods and processes involved in supplying medications
- To understand how to store and transport medicines
- To learn how to administer medications and injections
- To learn what to do when you are unsure of the safety of equipment or medication
- To understand what a venepuncture is
- To understand the roles and responsibilities of a midwife performing a venepuncture
- To learn how to find the necessary equipment for a venepuncture
- To learn how to perform a venepuncture
- To learn about the reproductive organs of a woman
- To learn about the reproductive cycle
- To learn about the urinary tract
- To understand what the placenta does
- To learn about the different stages of labour and what your role as a midwife is with each
- To understand different methods of giving birth, including different positions
- To learn about pain relief during labour - both medical and non-medical
- To understand the importance of examining the placenta, following labour
- To learn about appointment related terms and abbreviations
- To learn about record keeping terms and abbreviations
- To learn about medical terms and abbreviations for birth
- To understand the importance of using the correct abbreviations for clarity
- To learn which medications are safe to take during pregnancy
- To learn which substances should be avoided during pregnancy
- To gain insight on when to prescribe medications
- To understand how medication reaches the foetus
- To understand the importance of communication
- To learn about verbal communication
- To learn about non-verbal communication
- To learn about active listening
- To learn about the risk factors associated with complications during pregnancy
- To learn the signs and symptoms of different emergency situations
- To understand common treatment methods for emergency situations
- To learn about the role of a midwife in some of these situations
- To learn about the safety of a home birth versus a hospital birth
- To learn how to help your patients make an informed decision about their birthing environment
- To learn overviews of each type of birthing environment
- To understand the pros and cons of each birthing environment
- To learn about the tests that a baby will have, in the moments after birth
- To learn about the different areas of the body to check, during each examination
- To understand what signs could indicate a problem
- To understand blood testing in babies
- To learn about different medical conditions and how they might affect a labour or pregnancy
- To understand the importance of working as a medical team, to treat women with medical conditions during pregnancy
- To understand how certain medical conditions can affect a baby in the womb
- To learn about different treatment options for these conditions
- To learn about mental health issues and how they affect pregnancy
- To understand how you can help your patients, during pregnancy
- To learn how to support your patients, with medication and other treatments
- To learn the importance of working as a team, to treat patients with mental health issues
Easy to understand and most importantly fun to study!
Fabulous course. This course is easy to access and is written in such a way that not only is it full of the most up to date practices and policies but it is easy to understand and most importantly fun to study
The course covers everything from the history of the profession to the life threatening complications that can arise during pregnancy. A truly comprehensive course that offers a fascinating insight into the role and responsibilities of midwives in the UK.
I thoroughly enjoyed this course and highly recommend it to anyone interested in a career in midwifery – you won’t be disappointed!
Hannah Quinn – Truro
It’s given me a really good insight as to what’s involved
This has been a brilliant course and I’ve really enjoyed completing it. It gives a really good overview of midwifery in easy to read terms and explains everything well.
There are rewards for logging on each day, and discounts to put towards other courses as an incentive to study some each day, as well as sign up for another course once completed.
I did the Introduction to Midwifery course and feel it’s given me a really good insight as to what’s involved.
Great value for money and will hopefully come in use when applying for university to do a full study and degree in Midwifery. Thank you.
Helen Stringer – Manchester
How online learning can benefit you..
Who can take the Introduction to Midwifery Certificate course?Anyone who has an interest in learning more about this subject matter is encouraged to take the course. There are no entry requirements to take the course.
What is the structure of the course?The course is broken down into 28 individual modules. Each module takes between 20 and 90 minutes on average to study. Although you are free to spend as much or as little time as you feel necessary on each module, simply log in and out of the course at your convenience.
Where / when can I study the course?You can study the course any time you like. Simply log in and out of the web based course as often as you require. The course is compatible with all computers, tablet devices and smart phones so you can even study while on the move!
Is there a test at the end of the course?Once you have completed all 28 modules there is a multiple choice test. The questions will be on a range of topics found within the 28 modules. The test, like the course, is online and can be taken a time and location of your choosing.
What is the pass mark for the final test?The pass mark for the test is 70%.
What happens if I fail the test?If you don’t pass the test first time you will get further opportunities to take the test again after extra study. There are no limits to the number of times you can take the test. All test retakes are included within the price of the course.
When will I receive my certificate?Once you have completed your test you can log in to your account and download/print your certificate any time you need it. If you would prefer us to post you a certificate to a UK address, there will be an admin charge of £10 (certificates sent internationally may cost more).
How can I pay?You can either use your Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Solo cards or PayPal account to pay for the online course. Our site uses the latest SSL encryption to ensure your safety. All payments are handled securely by PayPal.
How long after payment can I begin the course?You can begin the course immediately after your payment has been received. You will create your login details during the checkout process. We will also send you an email confirming your login details.
How long does it take to complete the Introduction to Midwifery Certificate course?We estimate that the course will take about 20 hours to complete in total, plus an additional 30 minutes for the end of course test.
How long is my certificate valid for?Once you have been awarded your certificate it is valid for life. The certificate does not expire or need renewing.