The Higher Diploma in Midwifery will provide students with the knowledge and skills required to carry out their duties as a midwife in accordance with the definition of a midwife adapted by An Bord Altranais (2005). This programme will lead to registration as a Registered Midwife (RM) with Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann and the awarding of a Higher Diploma in Midwifery from Dundalk Institute of Technology. The programme is full time and is offered in partnership with Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda as part of the HSE Sponsorship of Higher Diploma in Midwifery - Education Initiative. Candidates will receive a temporary 18-month contract of employment with the HSE Dublin North East.
The programme is divided into three semesters over 18 months.
The programme outcomes aim to ensure that graduates of the programme will:
Provide competent, safe midwifery care to women, their babies and, where possible, their wider family circle.
Demonstrate respect for the individuality of each woman and support shared decision-making throughout the womans childbirth experience.
Promote and support lifestyle choices that enhance the health and well being of women, their families and the wider community.
Recognize the scope of midwifery practice, initiate appropriate referrals to other healthcare providers and provide emergency care when required.
Take responsibility for maintaining a level of knowledge and clinical skills that is based on the best available evidence (An Bord Altranais, 2005, p14)