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Midwifery education landscape in Portugal
 
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Department of Maternal Health, Nursing High Scholl of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
 
 
Publication date: 2023-10-24
 
 
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Madalena Oliveira   

Department of Maternal Health, Nursing High Scholl of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
 
 
Maria Teresa Félix
Department of Maternal Health, Nursing High Scholl of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
 
 
Eur J Midwifery 2023;7(Supplement 1):A221
 
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Introduction:
Multiple changes in Midwifery in Portugal are the results from the demographic, social, cultural and political contexts. Building an European Midwifery Curriculum emerges as a challenge of the contemporary globalized world. The EMA meeting in 2023 appears as an opportunity to jointly discuss this topic.

Objective:
We intend to Share the Addressing needs and advancements in Midwifery Education in Portugal by sharing our experience with the new ESEL Master Plan in Midwifery at ESEL in Lisbon.

Current state of Midwifery Education in Portugal:
Midwifery in Portugal are in the higher Education (Polytechnique system) requires a degree in nursing (4 years), at least two years of prior experience as a nurse and an Obstetrics and Maternal Health Nursing course (master’s degree since 2010 - 2 years/3360 hours-theoretical and practice).

Alignment with Eu directives and ICM professional framework:
Similar level of competence and specialization is recognized by all European countries, as stated in the Community Directives issued by the European Council and Portugal is not an exception. The actual Study Plan in Maternal Health and Obstetric Nursing (master’s degree), was based on the Legal Regime of Higher Education Degrees and Diplomas in Portugal, in the Dublin Descriptors, common and specific Competencies of the Specialist Nurse (Order of Nurses Regulations, 2019) and according to ICM professional framework.

Insights and recommendations:
The trajectory of midwifery education in Portugal has been a successful process. However, we must ensure the full range of activities available to the Obstetrics and Maternal Health Specialist Nurse. In a global world it would be important to invest more in diversity (cultural, sexual, gender), vulnerability and equity, and sexual health, which must include men.

 
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