Midwives are specialised in caring for women and families when it comes to family planning, pregnancy, giving birth, breastfeeding, and the first year of a baby's life.
What Is It All About?
Unless we stop having babies, there will always be a demand for well-trained, expert midwives.
Midwives specialise in caring for women and families in all situations related to family planning, pregnancy, giving birth, breastfeeding, and the first year of a baby's life.
Midwives work in teams with other health care providers to ensure optimum care. They are responsible for the new families, and their professional decisions and actions should always be grounded in scientific knowledge, their own clinical experience, and appropriate for the needs of the women and families they care for.
This Programme Is for You If...
- You have earned your university entrance qualification
- You want to learn and to read, but you also enjoy working with your hands and with the human body
- You are eager to understand complex issues and to rely on scientific knowledge, theoretical and practical knowledge of midwifery, and your understanding of the needs of women and families when providing individualised, resource-oriented care in a manner specifically adapted to the situation at hand
- Reading in English is a manageable challenge for you
Already trained as a midwife? Your completed vocational training in midwifery can be counted as up to 105 ECTS credits towards the study programme. You will automatically be given credit for modules H 5, 7, 9, 13, and 14, and you may be given credit for either module H 4 or H 8, provided you can demonstrate the equivalent skills using a portfolio. You may then be able to complete your degree as a full-time student within two years.
There is a major need for midwives! Once you are licensed as a midwife, you will be able to work immediately inside and outside of hospitals in Germany. A Bachelor's degree means, that your qualifications will also be internationally recognised, and an additional Master's programme would allow you to go into research, teaching, or to take on executive and managerial positions.
What Can I Expect During My Course of Study?
In the midwifery study programme, case-based instruction is key. You might encounter cases like the following: Sandra Widmer is coming to see you today during your midwife's office hours. She is 38 years old, is expecting her first baby, and, at 36+1 weeks of pregnancy she is close to her physiological due date. As soon as you greet her at the door, you notice that Sandra Widmer is not looking well—most of all, her almost yellowish pallor strikes you. When you ask her how she is feeling, Sandra Widmer complains of a belly ache, and she wonders whether these might be contractions.
From the very beginning, you will find that the study programme in midwifery follows a case-based approach. From a given case, it aims to develop the questions that will lead to answers appropriate for the situation-specific care for women while pregnant, giving birth, or being in childbed.
- What potential causes to the symptoms suggest? What is the most likely diagnosis?
- What else might be going on? What is the differential diagnosis?
- Are these complaints physiological, or rather pathological?
- What potential complications for mother and child might arise?
- How do I inform Sandra Widmer of my diagnosis?
- Can I advise and treat her, or do I need to refer her to another health care provider, and if so, how quickly does this have to happen?
Based on these questions, you will learn, in theory and practice, in taught classes and on your own, skills in anatomy, physiology, consulting, obstetrics, paediatrics, and the law. Our teaching is decision oriented. You will practice your skills, going from simple to more and more complex situations, first in the skills lab, and then in real life.
“What we value about our midwifery studies at Fulda University of Applied Sciences are the small groups that create a relaxed atmosphere for learning and encourage bonding among the students.” - Tabitha Pohl & Friederike Häring, students of midwifery