Your time at midwifery school should be a combination of building knowledge, applying it in practical situations, and growing the skills you need for a successful career.
Building a Foundation
Your midwife training will include essential knowledge of the human sciences including anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and the social constructs of motherhood that you will use and apply no matter where you go in your career. Gain a deeper understanding of the human organism and how it functions, from the cellular level to the various bodily systems that regulate everything about human life.
Laws and Ethics
A degree and a job is important, and to launch a successful career you need a strong understanding of all the laws and ethical issues surrounding your chosen profession. Through your training, you'll be able to evaluate clinical practice through the lens of ethical practice and master the important laws that govern midwifery in Australia and Queensland in particular.
During your career, you will be working alongside women and educating them from the earliest months of their pregnancy beyond the time they give birth. Master the role of the midwife as an educator as you learn about the pathophysiological processes of pregnancy and birth and how to care for women in complex pregnancy situations.
Applying Your Knowledge
From your first year at midwifery school, you'll spend time applying your knowledge in practical clinical situations. You have the opportunity to use what you have learned to understand and explain the processes behind pregnancy and birth. You'll also integrate knowledge with the use of technology, so you can provide midwifery care in even the most complex environments.
You'll have the opportunity to work with infants in complex, special-care nurseries. Learn how to be part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team that stands beside families during the most difficult moments.
In your clinical practice, you'll have hands-on opportunities to evaluate midwifery care and how you can best partner with pregnant mothers to ensure good health outcomes. You'll be on-deck, applying the woman-centred care principles you've learned in real midwifery situations.
Growing Your Skills
Midwifery is about more than just helping mothers through the birthing process. You know that a midwife must be an excellent educator, able to help women understand what's happening during their pregnancies and how to best care for themselves and their unborn children.
Your midwifery course at university includes learning and practising effective communication skills. Through your studies, you come to understand where your strengths and weaknesses lie in the various communication channels. Where you are strong, you'll become stronger. Where you are weaker, you'll become competent. Through it all, you'll gain a strong understanding of the barriers to effective communication and how to overcome them.
Another key skill for any midwife is the ability to work with people of other cultures in a respectful way while providing the healthcare they need. At JCU, you'll spend time working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and come to understand the cultural and historical issues that influence their healthcare outcomes. You’ll also learn how to build a reflective midwifery practice that considers the social, emotional, and physical well-being of everyone you care for.