Midwives are one of the key persons in the health care system. The demand for qualified midwives is increasing globally. Maternal and infant mortality rate is still a remarkable problem in the developing countries including Bangladesh. for this reason Bangladesh Nursing and Midwifery Council have taken initiatives to modify and upgrade the existing three-year curriculum on Diploma in Midwifery Program to Maintain uniformity of the educational quality across the country according to The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) standard. I do believe this curriculum will be useful for all the public and private Nursing Institutions in order to achieve the goal of midwifery education.

In Bangladesh, a three-year midwifery program was started in 2013 to improve the quality of care of pregnant women and newborns to reduce the maternal and infant mortality rate. The curriculum is formulated according to ICM standards.

নার্স, নার্সিং, মিডওয়াইফারি, পেশেন্ট কেয়ার [ Nurse, Nursing, Midwifery, Patient Care ]

The Diploma in Midwifery is an integral part of the strategic direction of the Bangladesh Government to increase the midwifery workforce and decrease maternal and infant mortality and morbidity in Bangladesh. Following the MDGs, the Government of Bangladesh has taken initiative to introduce professional Midwives in the health care delivery system as an integral part to the achievement of target of Sustainable Development Goals 3 (Good Health and Well-being for all) (SDGs) by 2030.

It is imperative that if Bangladesh is to meet these goals the country must have skilled, competent midwifery workforce to provide quality maternal and newborn health care as and when needed. If it is to reach the targets of the SDGs by 2030 Bangladesh needs to reduce its maternal mortality rate from 196 to less than 70 per 100,000 live birth and the new born mortality rate of 50/1000 birth.

নার্স, নার্সিং, মিডওয়াইফারি, পেশেন্ট কেয়ার [ Nurse, Nursing, Midwifery, Patient Care ]
Midwives have expertise to manage in normal pregnancy, birth and postnatal also recognize when things deviate from the normal. They appropriately advocate, consult with and refer to obstetricians or other medical doctors. Moreover, midwives are competent in a number of skills to save lives in any situation both interms of delegated responsibilities or in and emergency situation needs to save lives. Midwives provide highly skilled midwifery care to women and newborns, and thus contribute to the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

This curriculum is informed by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Standards for
Education and it prepares midwives to meet the ICM competencies for practice and aims to prepare
midwives to practice autonomously across the scope of midwifery practice.

Table of Contents

YEAR 1 [  Subject & Code ]

  • Behavioural Science [ DM 111 ]
  • Basic Science [ DM 112 ]
  • Anatomy and Physiology [ DM 123 ]
  • Professional Framework and Communication in Midwifery [ DM 124 ]
  • Fundamental of Midwifery [ DM 135 ]
  • Midwifery Pharmacology [ DM 126 ]
  • Midwifery Practice-I [ DM 137 ]
  • Communicative English and Information Communication & Technology [ DM 118 ]

YEAR 2 [  Subject & Code ]

  • Research and Evidence Based Midwifery [ DM 221 ]
  • The Art and Science of Midwifery [ DM 232 ]
  • Women’s Health [ DM 233 ]
  • Complicated Maternity Experience [ DM 234 ]
  • Midwifery Practice -II [ DM 235 ]

YEAR 3 [  Subject & Code ]

  • Newborn Complications [ DM 331 ]
  • Complexities of Maternity Experience [ DM 332 ]
  • Transition to Registered Midwifery [ DM 333 ]
  • Midwifery Practicum [ DM 334 ]
  • Appendix- A
  • Clinical Practice numbers of clinical skills required for the Diploma

The preamble to Syllabus Diploma of Midwifery

The Syllabus is a document that sets out the Course Descriptors. The Course descriptors contain

  • Hours in each course
  • Description of the course
  • Course Objectives
  • Course Requirements
  • Teaching and Learning Activities
  • Description of Assessments
  • Study textbook materials
  • Course outline along with the contents and hours for each class

The Syllabus is not a stand-alone document – it has to be read and used in conjunction with the

  • Curriculum
  • Lesson plans for each course
  • Assessment folder which sets out the assessments in detail including a full detailed
    description of the assessments and marking grids.

The hours in each course e.g. Fundamentals of Midwifery 250 Classroom study hours and 54
Laboratory Hours.

Please note

  • This does not mean there are 250 classroom taught hours
  • In line with good teaching and learning pedagogy and the pedagogy that underlines the curriculum, it is important there are revision and review days where learning can be explored and consolidated. Some of the revision sessions in line with the educational pedagogy of the diploma are double sessions of 4 hours.
  • In each of the courses in the lesson plan folders, you will find what is to be covered on the revision and review days

The Syllabus is a document to guide teaching and learning. It is expected that teachers will also
innovate and create their own learning tools and resources to enhance the students’ experience and
meet the course objectives.

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