Midwife standards for practice: one size does fit all

Nagle, Cate, and Vogt, Tanya (2018) Midwife standards for practice: one size does fit all. Women and Birth, 31 (S1). P30. S51-S51.

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Background: The development of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Midwife standards for practice (Standards) will set out the expectations of all midwives regardless of the area of practice, model of care, years of experience or practice setting. The Standards will guide consumers, employers and other stakeholders on what to reasonably expect from a midwife and inform midwifery education accreditation standards, the regulation of midwives and determination of the midwife's capability for practice.

Aim: This presentation will describe the phases of development of the Standards, the final Standards and the implementation of the Standards to midwives.

Discussion: The project for the development of the Standards included literature and evidence reviews, interviews, consultations, surveys and observations of midwives in practice. The relevant evidence has been integrated with the knowledge, experiences and views of midwives across Australia who practice in various jurisdictions and sectors, as well as in clinical and non-clinical roles. Consumers and individuals who represent professional, government and regulatory authorities have also played critical roles in the development of the Standards. Midwifery practice in this project is apparent as the promotion of health and wellbeing in relation to childbearing, with inherent responsibilities and accountabilities for safety and quality that occurs in the context of culturally safe and respectful partnerships and professional relationships. The Standards acknowledge the involvement of others while clearly positioning midwifery practice as focused on the needs of the woman.

Implications for practice: The Standards reflect the practice of midwives in clinical and non-clinical settings, reflect contemporary evidence-based midwifery practice, align with the other NMBA standards for practice and meet legislative requirements.

Item ID: 55866
Item Type: Article (Abstract)
ISSN: 1878-1799
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Presented at the Australian College of Midwives National Conference, 15-18 October 2018, Perth, WA, Australia

Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2018 03:02
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111006 Midwifery @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health @ 25%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Womens Health @ 75%
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