Midwifery in Ireland: Opening the dialogue for a unified voice

Summary of Proceedings: “Midwifery in Ireland: Opening a dialogue for a unified voice”

Midwifery in Ireland: Opening the dialogue for a unified voice

 

On Friday 29th June 2018, a forum was hosted by the Midwives Association of Ireland (MAI) titled ‘Midwifery in Ireland: Opening the Dialogue for a Unified Voice’. It was held at the Elbow Room in Smithfield, Dublin 7, the forum was attended by over 40 midwives and student midwives from around the country. They discussed:
1) the need for a midwifery association;
2) how midwives can present a unified voice;
3) provision and evaluation of maternity services to women and their families in Ireland;
4) shaping the future of Irish maternity services;
5) supporting each other;
6) growing as a profession.

To download our full publication summarising the day and the key themes, please click here.

2 thoughts on “Summary of Proceedings: “Midwifery in Ireland: Opening a dialogue for a unified voice”

  1. I was hoping to attend the day, but unfortunately could not.
    What an inspiring read and looking forward to a change in the status quo.

    Only thing I would not support however is the concept of advanced midwife practitioner in normal birth without some clarifications and role refinement. The concept of advanced practice was one initially brought in for nursing and is now copied and pasted for midwifery without due consideration to the differences between the professions. Do we need advanced practice status for normal midwifery? – we shouldn’t according to our autonomous status however I do acknowledge that AMP in normal may have a significant role to play in terms of leadership in the context of our current maternity system, but is this the answer? The question is what is the difference between what an AMP in normal birth does and what a community midwife in NMH does for example, specifically in terms of what they are “allowed” do clinically? This needs clarification. I’ve heard that some AMP’s in normal are seeing complex women as part of their role which sounds like a contradiction.
    We should push for all midwives to have the opportunity to fulfill their professional role as outlined by NMBI/Nurses and Midwives Act/EU directives etc. I would be concerned about a situation developing where midwives need advanced practice status to be “allowed” provide midwife-led services.

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