KANYE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST COLLEGE OF NURSING

Midwifery

Mrs. Stella Nkgau

Head of Department Midwifery

The Programme equips learners with adequate theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to enable them to work towards a reduction of maternal, perinatal and neonate morbidity and mortality rates.The midwife is recognized as a responsible and accountable professional who works in partnership with women to give the necessary support, care and advice during pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period, to conduct births on the midwife’s own responsibility and to provide care to the newborn and the infant

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MIDWIFERY

Health Sciences

The candidate must be successful in the selection interview.

Recognition of prior learning from previous studies/experience shall be considered for possible exemption and transfer of credits

3.0 Programme Structure
The programme comprises of three (4) semesters. Each semester comprises a total of twenty (20) weeks, of these sixteen (16) are teaching weeks, one (1) week of registration, one (1) week mid semester break, one (1) reading week, and one (1) week of examinations.

4.0 Vision
The Advanced Diploma in Midwifery programme shall be the power house of knowledge and skills that compete favorably at national, regional and international level in the preparation of a midwife.


5.0 Mission
The Advanced Diploma in Midwifery Programme exists to produce an independent, competent and committed practitioner who will function within the global standards in meeting the challenges and demands of the sexual and reproductive health matters in a variety of settings.

6.0 Programme Goal
To produce an independent and competent midwife.

The Programme aims to equip the learner with adequate theoretical knowledge and clinical skills to enable her/him to work towards a reduction of maternal, perinatal and neonate morbidity and mortality rates. It should effectively meet the needs of the learners and community.


7.0 Programme Objectives

On completion of the programme, the learner should be able to:

 

  1.  Function efficiently and independently in the provision of comprehensive midwifery care in a variety of settings utilizing the midwifery management process.

 

  1.  Demonstrate a scientific, humanistic and ethical approach in carrying out midwifery responsibilities.
  2. Maintain continuity of care through established mechanisms of follow-up and referral.

 

  1. Maintain the standards of midwifery practice and professional growth through literature update, continued research and collaboration with other professionals both nationally and internationally.

 

  1.  Collaborate with other disciplines in the care of the child bearing woman and family.

 

  1.  Plan, organize, coordinate, control and monitor resources and activities.
  2.   Evaluate care on the basis of set midwifery standards.
Code Type of Course Title Theory Hours Credit Practice Hours Credit Total
MID 411 Core Community Midwifery Care 32 2 48 1 3
MID 412 Core Family Planning 32 2 96 2 4
MID 413 Core Antepartum Care 48 3 144 3 6
HGE 401 General Education Computer application in Health care 14 1 42 1 2
HGE 402 General Education Communication Skills and Public Relations 28 2 0 0 2
Total 154 10 330 7 17
Code Type of Course Title Theory Hours Credit Practice Hours Credit Total
MID 421 Core Intrapartum Care – low risk 48 3 192 4 7
MID 422 Core Neonatal Care – low risk 16 1 48 1 2
MID 423 Core Post partum Care - low risk 32 2 48 1 3
MID 424 Core High risk perinatal care 64 4 0 0 4
PHS 204 Core Research Methods 43 3 3
Total 186 12 288 6 18
Code Type of Course Title Theory Hours Credit Practice Hours Credit Total
MID 531 Core Intrapartum Care – high risk 64 4 288 6 6
MID 532 Core Neonatal Care – high risk 32 2 96 2 4
Optional 32/48 2/3 0/48 0/1 4
Elective 32/48 2/3 0 2/3
Total 6/8 384/432 8/9 15/16
Code Type of Course Title Theory Hours Credit Practice Hours Credit Total
MID 541 Core Intrapartum Care – low risk 0 0 65 2 2
MID 542 Core Neonatal Care – low risk 0 0 97.5 3 3
MID 543 Core Post partum Care - low risk 0 0 162.5 5 5
MID 544 Core High risk perinatal care 0 0 97.5 3 3
PHS 545 Core Research Methods 0 0 97.5 3 3
Total 0 0 520 16 16

1.Diploma in General nursing with a minimum of two years of clinical practice 2.Be a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Botswana (NMCB) 3.Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) or its equivalent,with passes in Mathematics, Physics/Chemistry, Biology and English.

MID 411: Community Midwifery Care(3 credits)

The course equips the learner with theoretical knowledge that will enable her/him to identify and deal with factors contributing to safe motherhood so that she/he can contribute effectively in reducing maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality. It also strengthens the skills of the learner to enable her/him to apply relevant and current information in midwifery practice within the community utilizing the midwifery management process. Emphasis is on introduction to community based midwifery, family concepts and childbearing family, overview of Sexual and Reproductive Health, Safe Motherhood Initiative, Adolescent Health, overview of PMTCT in Botswana and vital statistics.

 

MID 412: Family planning (4 credits)

The knowledge gained in this course will enable the learner to provide comprehensive family planning services. The course covers family planning policies, records and infertility. It also covers methods of contraception and how they are influenced by medical conditions such asHIVandAIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections.

 

MID 413: Antepartum Care low risk (6 credits)
The course will enable the learner to acquire knowledge, attitude and skills in caring for clients with low and high risk pregnancy following established policies and protocols utilizing the midwifery management process. The course covers anatomy and physiology of the reproductive system, normal and abnormal pregnancy as well as conditions affecting pregnancy.

 

HGE401: Computer Applications in Health Care(2 credits)

The course is designed to equip the learner with knowledge and skills of computing applications for health care settings. The course focuses on commonly used information technology tools and applications such as the Internet and Microsoft office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher. Significant emphasis will be placed on currently used patient information management systems and statistical packages.


HGE402: Communication Skills and Public Relations (2 credits)

The course will assist the learner to acquire knowledge and skills of communicating effectively in both academic and work environment. Knowledge gained should assist the learner to utilize academic communication skills such as reading and writing for academic and business purposes. The course further focuses on assisting the health care provider in various human communication context. Learners will examine factors which enhance and inhibit organizational communication. Interpersonal skills, public relations and customer care shall be explored and their link to effective communication demonstrated.

 

MID 421: Intrapartum Care - Low Risk (7 credits)

The course is intended to equip the learner with knowledge appropriate for the care of low risk woman during all stages of labour utilizing the midwifery management process. It entails theoretical basis for intrapartum care, process of labor, overview of PMTCT and basic skills in the management of labour.


MID 422: Neonatal Care - Low risk (2 credits)

The course equips the learner with knowledge, attitude and skill to care for the low risk neonate utilizing the midwifery management process. It covers physiological adjustments, immediate and subsequent care and minor disorders of the newborn.


MID 423: Postpartum Care low risk (2 credits)

The course enables the learner to acquire knowledge on physiological and psychological changes during puerperium. It also assists the learner to apply theoretical information to provide immediate and subsequent care to the low and high risk delivered mother utilizing the midwifery management process. The course covers the physiology of puerperium, management of low and high risk puerperiurn mother, feeding of the neonate and discharge plan

 

MID 424: High Risk Perinatal Care(4 credits)

The course is intended to equip the learner with theoretical knowledge on high risk antepartum, Intrapartum and postpartum care. It also assists the learner to utilize the midwifery management process in the care of clients with high risk conditions during pregnancy, labour, delivery and post delivery period. The course entails obstetric and medical conditions, operative and instrumental deliveries as well as obstetric emergencies

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PHS 204:  Research (3 credits)

The course is designed to assist the students to synthesize and integrate knowledge of research in clinical practice. The course entails an in-depth review of the research process, report writing and dissemination of the findings. Designing a research proposal from formulation of a research question to methodology is also a requirement.


MID531: High Risk Perinatal Care(practicum)(6 credits)

The course is clinically based and is intended to assist the learner to apply the acquired knowledge, attitudes and skills in the care of clients with high risk conditions during antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum period. It will assist the learner to utilize the midwifery management process in the care of high risk mothers.


MID 532: Neonatal Care - High Risk (4 credits)

The course is designed to equip the learner with scientific knowledge, attitudes and skills in caring for neonates with high risk conditions utilizing the midwifery management process. It covers abnormal physiological and developmental conditions, birth trauma, metabolic disorders, hemorrhagic disorders, neonatal infections and congenital abnormalities.

 

Optional Courses

 

MID 533: Leadership and Management (3 credits)

The course is designed to equip the learner with contemporary issues in leadership and management to enable him or her to manage midwifery services in a changing environment. The course covers health reforms, leaders and manager’s roles and functions, performance improvement strategies, leadership attributes, resource management, managing change and entrepreneurship.

MID 534: Professionalism (3 credits)
The course is designed to equip the learner with the knowledge and attitude that will enable him/her to identify and manage clinical issues that have ethical and legal implications. It will further assist the learner to conduct her/himself in a professional manner. The course covers overview of Midwifery in Botswana, legal and ethical aspects, professional standards and protocols.

           

10.0Assessment and evaluation
The programme shall be assessed by continuous assessment (CA), end of semester examination or both CA and end of semester examination.

 

Continuous assessment shall comprise both theory and clinical assignments in those courses with a clinical component.

 

A student shall complete the minimum clinical hours/requirements for all courses with a clinical component.

The weight of the end of semester examination mark is be stipulated in thecourse plan but shall not exceed 60%.

 

11.0 Award of a Diploma

A student shall only be awarded an Advanced Diploma in Midwifery after successfully completing a minimum of 66 credits.

A student must attain minimum of 50% (pass) in all courses in order to be awardedAdvanced Diploma in Midwifery

 

12.0 Employment opportunities

The midwife is recognized as a responsible and accountable professional who works in partnership with women to give the necessary support, care and advice during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period, to conduct births on the midwife’s own responsibility and to provide care to the newborn and the infant. This care includes preventive measures, the promotion of normal birth, the detection of complications in mother and child, the accessing of medical or other appropriate assistance and the carrying out of emergency measures.


The midwife has an important task in health counseling and education, not only for the woman, but also within the family and community. This work should involve antenatal education and preparation for parenthood and may extend to women’s health, sexual or reproductive health and childcare.


A midwife may practice in any setting including in the home, the community, hospitals, clinics or health units.

Full Time