3rd International Congress Of Multidisciplinary Studies In Medical Sciences, Ankara, Turkey, 17 August 2021, pp.237-238
As in almost every field, midwifery education has been seriously affected by the quarantines
that have developed with the Covid 19 pandemic.
According to the International Confederation of Midwives, Global Standards for Midwifery
Education-2013, there are some rules that must be met. Unfortunately, clinical applications in
the field could not be carried out accordingly.
While many midwifery academics did not invite students to school and clinics to protect them
from the pandemic, some countries allowed student midwives to work in clinics accompanied
by a guide midwife as a solution.
It seems that the epidemic is not over and midwifery education will continue at school and clinic
as before. The most important thing to do is to use protective measures (vaccine, mask, glasses,
apron, etc.) very well by students, because midwifery is a profession performed by touching the
patient. However, another point to be considered is the protection of the mental health of
students and academicians. Because students are under much higher anxiety than before the
pandemic. They are afraid of being infected and coming into contact with an infected patient.
Among so many problems, another issue to be worried about the most is that midwives who
have not had enough experience are graduated. A dilemma has developed here. Should we
appoint midwives, who are much more needed due to the pandemic, to clinics, even if they are
inexperienced? Or should we not let them come to work to prevent new mal practices from
In the future of midwifery education, it seems necessary to continue some courses digitally so
that contact and fatigue can be reduced. More laboratory work should be allocated for clinical
practice courses. Although small group clinical practice studies take more time, it is thought
that the learning in students may be more permanent.
In midwifery education with a view to students: Even if it is risky for students to adapt to the
clinic under protective measures, it is important to continue clinical practices by reducing
working hours. It is necessary to develop new regulations for graduated midwives and
determine the clinical orientation process. For this reason, it is thought that it is important that
they gain clinical experience in the hospital with their guide colleagues.
Keywords: Pandemic, midwifery education, orientation, protective measures.