THE COURSE

Developing Midwives Project offers a 3-year long diploma course with a midwifery curriculum which follows the standards set by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and approved by the Bangladesh Nursing & Midwifery Council (BNMC). The Diploma has been approved by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh (MoH&FW). The Diploma in Midwifery education is designed with a two-pronged approach i.e. developing faculty for midwifery education and producing qualified midwives simultaneously.

CURRICULUM:

The curriculum consists 40% theoretical and 60% practical hours. It has been divided into 6 semesters in 3 years, which allows each year to have two semesters. Along with other midwifery education modules there are 6 on English language which are trained, managed and monitored by BRAC Institute of Language (BIL). Community Engagement for Graduate Midwives (CEGM) is another aspect of this diploma programme which distinguishes BRACU midwifery education from other institutions. The Midwifery Education Team (MET) of this project is responsible for preparing, revising and timely dissemination of all sorts of academic calendars, modules and clinical equipment. Continuous monitoring of all the academics sites are done by this team to ensure similar standard of education.

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

A uniqueness of Diploma in Midwifery education of DMP, BRAC JPGSPH, BRAC University is to engage the students and midwives in the community from the inception of the diploma course till the graduation through the internship. Community interactions in different forms are a built-in process in Diploma in Midwifery curriculum. During the community visit, they identify community health problems; provide antenatal care, post-natal services to mothers. At the same time, prepares class assignments, projects, case studies based on interactions with the community. It helps Midwifery students to get community insights and gather experiences from the community and are able to relate with their acquired knowledge. Besides these, various community-based activities like pop up fair, different day observation are also organized where services like counseling on nutrition, personal hygiene, adolescent health and different methods of family planning are provided and help clients to choose appropriate methods of FP. It increases visibility of midwives and students similarly enhance community trust on them which ultimately leading towards wider acceptance of midwifery led services.

INTERNSHIP:

For completing the degree each student has to accomplish their internship which is termed as CEGM (Community engagement of graduate midwives), lasts for six months. All academic sites take responsibility to place the graduate midwives in the clinical sites and place them in the government and private settings like MLCCs, BMCs, FWCs, MCWC, own hospitals and Field Hospitals in Rohingya refuse camps where cases are available for enough practice.

There is an internship guideline which is called CEGM (Community engagement of graduate midwives) guideline for graduate midwives. Before starting the internship, an orientation session is organized through which they follow the instructions to achieve the targets of NVD, ANC, PNC and newborn care per month. They have to serve the family planning commodities at the community or clinical site. If a midwife is unable to achieve her monthly target she/they have to achieve it by next month. They can achieve additional commodities too. A reporting day is compulsory to report their activities to the academic site every month, NVDs and family planning services (commodities) are verified by the faculty and Sr. Instructor. The Midwives, who already gets job, they also should go through the internship process and achieve the target and report to the academic site. After successful completion of the internship, a certificate is provided by BRAC University. The internship as a process develop their skills in relation to midwifery services.

As of December 2019, 179 graduate midwives completed their internship and during this period they also received remuneration as a part of work placement.

POP UP FAIRS:

Pop up fairs are organized to advocate the midwifery profession in the community and also providing midwifery services to the women in the community. Every month a day is selected for pop up fair. On the selected day students goes to the community along with the teachers and select a place in the community. Then they divided into some groups. Few groups go the community to invite the women to visit the stall and few groups are busy to prepare stalls (ANC corner, PNC corner, FP corner, Breast examination corner). 
In the community the Midwife provides ANTENATAL CARE, POSTNATAL CARE, NEWBORN CARE, FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES, examine the breast of the women and if any abnormality found they refer them to doctor. They also provide adolescence health education, hygiene and nutrition education, hand washing technique to the community. They lists the mothers name with address in the registered book and submit to the coarse coordinator. Course coordinators prepare a report and send to HUB.

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OPEN SCHOOL DAY:

Open school day generally arranged to advocate midwifery education through providing midwifery services to the community women. Every year Midwifery open school day celebrates in all academic sites of DMP II. Before open school day several steps are taken to make it successful like postering, miking etc. Leading person of the community and a special guest from government officials are invited to the program.
With the speech of the invited guest the activities of the day is start. On the day the students prepare stalls (ANC corner, PNC corner, FP corner, Breast examination corner). Some students go to community to invite the people and some students are providing services in the stall. Whole day midwifery services are provided the in the stall.
On this day the Midwife provides Antenatal care, postnatal care, newborn care, family planning services, examine the breast of the women and if any abnormality found they refer them to doctor. They also provide adolescence health education, hygiene and nutrition education, hand washing technique to the community. In the evening a cultural program is held. The student presents jarigan, dance and educational drama to grow awareness in the community people. 

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT

Faculty Development has been an ongoing skill development process which takes place twice a year. Training refreshes and updates knowledge of faculties where renowned resource person from home and abroad takes classes. Auckland University of Technology (AUT) provided technical support in curriculum development. 

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DAY’S OBSERVATIONS:

DMP every year celebrates several days like women’s day, international days of midwives, safe motherhood days, breast feeding week, national health services week, 16 days of activism etc. On the occasion of such day’s events like essay writing, drawing, drama, recitation, debates, role play are arranged where students exhibits their skills.

EXTRA CURRICULUM ACTIVITIES: 
Every month, in all academic sites debates are organized in a bid improving student’s public speaking and presentation aptitudes. Besides, students are also encouraged to join recreational activities such as indoor games, movie watching, and songs etc at their hostels.

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E-LEARNING AND MORE
DMP has introduced E-Learning methodology to the midwifery students and faculty where they gather updated knowledge on midwifery and collect relevant information. They are often encouraged to access the E-Learning platforms such as “Global Health E-Learning.” which offers different learning opportunities to internalize midwifery curriculum and modules. In fact modules related to antenatal care, emergency obstetric and newborn care, community health, patient safety, nutrition, complication during pregnancy etc have direct recommendation to use online based knowledge resources as an integral part of study. Faculty update their knowledge and acquire certificates from the Global Health Networks. Faculty are kept up to date through frequent usage of E-learning platforms like AUT Blackboard and Dropbox to share the knowledge and encouraged to share essential information's with students.

DEMONSTRATION CENTER: MIDWIFE-LED CARE CENTRE (MLC) 
Midwife-Led Care Centre (MLC) is another significant initiative of DMP. In an effort to provide quality midwifery-led respectful maternity care to the community and to place the students in a centre to learn midwifery a 24/7, maternity centre led and operated by midwives has been established. One is located in Mirpur, Dhaka and another in collaboration with Charikata Union Health & Family Welfare Centre (UH&FWC) of Jaintiapur, Sylhet and the 3rd one is also a collaboration, Shahosh UH&FWC of Dumuria, Khulna. These MLCs are promoting the alternative birth positions, pain relief exercises to make ease the normal vaginal delivery. These innovative endeavors have contributed to huge patient flow. 
Moreover, this model centre enables the midwifery students to learn how to provide professional midwifery services, and at the same time, promote midwifery professions to the community people. Even in the unfavorable circumstances of COVID-19 in Bangladesh since March 2020 the Midwives are continuing the Midwifery care and services by ensuring personal protection, maintaining the proper social distance, hygiene and screening of the body temperature of the clients before offering services. As of August 2020 a total 2567 normal deliveries has been conducted by the midwives at the MLCs, of those, 71% clients accepted the alternative birthing chair deliveries; 5003 women participated in the exercise sessions; 7755 women received ante-natal checkup and 2296 women received postnatal checkup.

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CONTACT DETAILS OF SEVEN ACADEMICS SITES

 1)

 Dr Sharmina Rahman

Strategy Advisor, Developing Midwives Project
BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University
Mobile: +8801741932220 
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2)

Surayia Begum
Principal
Dhaka Academic Site, Mirpur-13
BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University
5th Floor, (Level-6), icddr,b Building,
68 Shahid Tajuddin Ahmed Sharani, Mohakhali, Dhaka-1212
Mobile: +8801711969251
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3)

Mr. A.T.M Nayeem
Project Manager
Developing Midwives Project
Friends in Village Development Bangladesh (FIVDB)
Charima Training Center
Pollo Gram, Khadim Nagar, Sylhet, Bangladesh
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Mobile phone: +88 01775 103 173

4)

Mr. Paul Suresh Bonway
Project Manager
Developing Midwives Project
Garo-Baptist Convention-Christian Health Project (GBC-CHP)
Christian Hospital, Joyramkura, Haluaghat,
Mymensingh, Bangladesh
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Mobile phone: +88 01715 430 840

5)

Ms. Yeasmin Aktar
Project Manager
Hope Foundation Academic Site
South Mitha Chori, Ramu,
Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
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Mobile: +88 01736 292 986

6)

Ms. Sanjida Hossain
Project Manager
Lutheran Aid to Medicine in Bangladesh (LAMB)
Parbatipur, Dinajpur - 5250, Bangladesh
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Mobile phone: +88 01707 325 474

7)

Ms. Sherin Afroza
Project Manager
Developing Midwives Project
Partners in Health and Development (PHD)
House 172, Road 13, Mujgunni R/A
Khulna 9000, Bangladesh
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Mobile phone: +88 01712 230 486

8)

Ms. Fateha Jannat Mou
Project Manager
Developing Midwives Project
Shimantik, Masimpur, Uposhohor
Sylhet, Bangladesh
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Mobile phone: +88 01751 449 347

MIDWIFERY GRADUATES

Midwifery graduates in 2018 

Midwifery graduates in 2019 

Midwifery MTR Report 2019 

 

“Baseline study on trained diploma midwives in Bangladesh”