Professional Identity And Public Responsibilities Of A Midwife
Professional identity and public responsibilities of a midwife
A midwives role centers on a relationship with the woman that is distinguished by “each woman’s social, emotional, physical, spiritual and cultural needs, expectations and context as defined by the woman herself” (Australian College of Midwives [ACM], 2016a). ACM (2015, p.1) position the midwife as the primary profession for quality maternity care founded during training, through the direction of the Code of professional conduct for midwives in Australia (NMBA, 2008). and reinforced by the Code of ethics for midwives in Australia. (NMBA, 2008). It is the boundaries in the NMBA code of conduct along with meeting the educational requirements of the Midwifery competency standards (NMBA, 2006) that direct the midwife to work in accordance with legislations and standards set by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency [AHPRA]. Operating within a woman-centred framework, whilst practicing midwifery reflectively and ethically (ACM, 2016b)., ensuring women during the perinatal period are supported and guided, the newborn and infant cared for and the midwife takes responsibility for conducting the birth in a manner that accesses the safest environment for all involved (International Confederation of Midwives, 2011).
Sullivan, Lock, and Homer’s (2011) research illustrates the professional identity of midwives being connected to the pride they take in their role, being present when women birth, the…