The Directorate is an administrative institution in the field of education and its main objective is to improve quality and support progress in education in accordance with law and government policies, best evidence and international standards.
Knowledge and Skills
The student expands on the knowledge, skills, and ability that he or she developed during previous studies bachelor studies in nursing and has developed a basic knowledge of midwifery during the first year. The student exhibits an increased and deeper understanding and has a more extensive outlook on the profession of midwifery by the end of studies.
1 Knowledge and Understanding
1.1 The student possesses basic and specialized knowledge in the field of midwifery pertaining to the process of childbirth, pregnancy, welfare, assisted labor, confinement, adjustment to parental roles, and female and reproductive health.
1.2 The student is familiar with the ideology, concepts, and methods in midwifery and is able to engage in discussions and criticism of various ideologies related to labor in a cultural context.
1.3 The student employs his or her knowledge and understanding of the work of the midwife and possesses the skills to theoretically, rationalize clinical decision-making in midwifery.
2 Type of Knowledge
2.1 The student demonstrates extensive knowledge and understanding in the field of midwifery, based on the most up-to-date information and research.
2.2 The student demonstrates specialized knowledge to analyze individual needs of women and their families in the childbearing process and to offer information, teaching, and support.
2.3 The student demonstrates knowledge in reproductive health with a focus on contraceptive counseling.
2.4 The student demonstrates specialized knowledge and clinical ability in:
treatment and care of women and their families through the childbearing process
detecting and safely responding to abnormalities during the process and acute situations in:
- assessing and diagnosing the term of pregnancy, fetus development, heartbeat, and bed rest
- assessing and diagnosing whether the pregnancy is proceeding normally
- examining woman in labor, attending to and diagnosing whether labor is proceeding normally
- assisted labor
- examining and administering to a woman after birth and detecting any abnormalities
- assisting a woman and offering instruction in breastfeeding
- assessing how breastfeeding is working, detecting problems, and employing the proper remedies
- treatment and care of women and their families through at-risk pregnancies and childbirths
- assisted labor in cases of at-risk childbirth
- assessing and diagnosing the emotional, mental and social condition throughout the childbearing process in collaboration with the woman and her family.
3 Practical Skills
3.1 The student has learned methods recognized by midwifery and associated health professions when relevant, based on research results, clinical capability, insight, and perception.
3.2 The student employs techniques in midwifery to prevent, detect and respond to problems that may arise during the course of the childbearing process, including pregnancy, labor, and confinement, especially in connection to the phase of parental adjustment and the new family.
3.3 The student has the ability and skills to work with the expectant mother and father through the childbearing process, inside and outside healthcare facility, and professional decisions independently and on their own accountability.
3.4 The student has the ability and skills to obtain information on, assess, and identify the needs of women and their families for midwifery service and care for women during the childbearing process.
3.5 The student respects and supports the expectant parents in taking part in all decisions regarding midwife treatment and care.
3.6 The student is competent in obtaining and utilizing empirical knowledge in the field of midwifery and engages in clinical theorizing, including critical thinking in practice.
3.7 The student is able to discuss and deliberate working knowledge and insight into the discipline of midwifery.
3.8 The student is capable of maintain his or her knowledge and familiarizing him- or herself with innovations and developments based on academic and clinical knowledge in midwifery.
3.9 The student is capable of establishing a trusting relationship with a woman and her family and offer comprehensive care, taking into account physical, social, emotional, and emotional factors.
4 Theoretical Skills
4.1 The student possesses theoretical knowledge and clinical ability in midwifery and shows initiative in professional development in practice.
4.2 The student can make independent, professional decisions in midwifery and rationalize them theoretically on the basis of midwifery and related scientific fields.
4.3 The student can engage in theoretical discussion of psychological, social, environmental, and biological factors which influence women's health.
4.4 The student is familiar with research methods in midwifery and related fields in health sciences, able to synthesize knowledge and articulate application of research in the discipline of midwifery.
4.5 The student able to successfully perform research critique and execute circumscribed research projects in midwifery.
5 Communication Skills - Information Technology and Computer Literacy
5.1 The student has the ability and skills to work in cooperation with other professionals in the healthcare services, seek consultation, or refer to other specialists, should a woman and her family require additional service.
5.2 The student can put his or her knowledge, understanding, and intellect to practice in new and changing conditions in midwifery in a broad and interdisciplinary context with associated professions.
5.3 The student demonstrates knowledge of professional working methods and can clearly communicate complicated theoretical topics in midwifery alone or in collaboration with others, including experts and laypeople.
5.4 The student demonstrates familiarity with the relevant information technology to disseminate a variety of information, both in spoken and written forms, to utilize in the professional development of midwifery, inside and outside the Icelandic society.
5.5 The student respects the right of the woman and her family to be informed about the options in childbearing services, offers such information, and supports the expectant parents in making independent decisions about service options.
5.6 The student understands the rights and obligations of the midwife towards the expectant mother and her family in accordance with Icelandic laws.
5.7 The student understands and complies with the international code of ethics for midwives and is able to take a position and discuss matters of ethics in connections with midwifery.
5.8 The student understands ethical principles in conducting research.
5.9 The student is able to take initiative to direct scientific projects in various fields of midwifery in clinical practice.
6 General Academic Skills
6.1 The student demonstrates critical thinking skills in practice, practices midwifery based on practical and theoretical knowledge and takes an active role in professional development.
6.2 The student is capable of employing his or her knowledge in continuing studies in midwifery and other subjects in the field of health sciences, humanities, and social sciences.
6.3 The student demonstrates substantial academic skills and independent working methods to be able to engage in further studies in midwifery and related fields on step 2.