Empowering future midwives: Midwifery education in Slovenia
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Midwifery Department, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Publication date: 2023-10-24
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Tita Stanek Zidarič   

Midwifery Department, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Eur J Midwifery 2023;7(Supplement 1):A223
The current midwifery education in Slovenia is designed as a three-year direct-entry Bachelor’s degree programme based on midwifery activities as defined in the EU Directives, the Principles of European Higher Education (Bologna Declaration) and the Higher Education Act of the Republic of Slovenia. Accordingly, the programme includes both theoretical courses and practical clinical training and includes all content and other requirements related to the EU Directive on midwifery education and practise, with specific focus and adaptations for the Slovenian context. In order to improve the quality of midwifery education, introduce necessary improvements and new topics such as continuity of midwifery care, and reduce the burden of the currently very intensive programme with a high number of hours in three years, a new four-year direct entry Bachelor’s programme and a Master’s programme in midwifery are being prepared. The new programme has been built on the ICM competency framework and the competencies and professional activities for Slovenian midwives, of course considering the EU Directive and the Bologna Declaration. The programme will be enhanced compared to the current programme by ICT, PBL, flipped learning, global collaboration, individual learning, etc. At the same time, students will continue to gain practical clinical experience in a variety of settings, as it is important that students are prepared and empowered for real life situations and labour market. In Slovenia, as elsewhere in Europe and the world, there is currently a shortage of midwives, but the lack of interest in studying midwifery is not a problem here. Our problem is that the newly graduated midwives do not want to work in midwifery after graduation. Instead, they go into professions outside the health sector. So, one of our biggest challenges is to find out the reasons for these decisions and find solutions to attract midwives back to the profession.
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