Midwifes’ educational program in a public maternity hospital, the past, the presence and the future
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Department of Quality Control, Research & Continuing Education, Elena El Venizelou Maternity Hospital, Athens, Greece
Publication date: 2023-10-24
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Kalliopi Dritsakou   

Department of Quality Control, Research & Continuing Education, Elena El Venizelou Maternity Hospital, Athens, Greece
Eur J Midwifery 2023;7(Supplement 1):A209
The methods to improve both the quality of midwifery education and promote further motivation in improving the midwifes’ education levels rely on promoting and reinforcing the position of midwives not only in community services but also in the maternity yards.

Material and Methods:
Α literature review was conducted regarding international educational standards regarding midwifery education.

Establishing an efficient and powerful monitoring system to control the practice of midwives, promoting the collaborative practice of midwives, and encouraging teamwork with respect to midwifery care maybe are the most important strategies to improve the midwifery educational systems. Authorities and policymakers may set the stage for developing high quality educational systems concerning midwifery. The main concern of the midwifes is to improve the quality of midwifery care based on their educational models, by developing and improving the educational status of midwifery students and graduate midwives in order to increase their capabilities. The midwifery training programs should be constantly reviewed, as far as hospital and community training is concerned, so that after graduation the midwifes can provide independent and high quality services to women. After graduation, mandatory courses at the beginning of their career, as well as in-service training courses, are of high necessity. In-service training should not be neglected. A professional license conditional upon passing some clinical courses should be necessary. Educating midwifes should be offered free by a scientific association, universities and or the multiple skill training centers. Having a midwifery supervisor in education is one way to improve the quality of education in hospitals. Midwives in the delivery room and postpartum ward, as they have the greatest role in reducing both maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity rates, as well as the rate of infection rates, should be charged with extra and special educational programs concerning the handling of emergency circumstances. Paying attention to the factors affecting burnout due to special working conditions in the care of mothers and infants is also a special matter in education. Finally, effective management in education based on the participation of all healthcare professionals in midwifery education leads to improved quality in education. Qualitative characteristics in education is one of the most important criteria, as the main mission of the health system is to provide quality care and meet the needs and expectations of women. Improving the quality of education can meet the expectations and needs of women and families, and improve indicators related to maternal and infant health. Setting service standards and clinical guidelines in clinical education is the main factor in achieving the high quality in education. Also, practical instructions that are issued by midwifery services must be taught to midwifery students. There should be no gap between theoretical and clinical courses.

In conclusion, educational opportunities to improve midwifery education and creativity should be provided to everyone. Creating flexible, due to student interactions, opportunities is the main purpose.

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