11. Midwifery, midwifery education and the future plan of the midwifery profession in Turkey

May 5, 2018 @ 08:00 – 09:00 UTC Timezone
Room 1, Big Blue Button

Speakers: Burcu YurtsalNazan Karahan

Facilitator: Linda Wylie

Recording: Click HERE

NazanKarahan and Burcu YurtzalMidwives are members of an older and independent profession, as old as humanity. The aim of this study is to discuss midwifery, midwifery education and the future plan of the midwifery profession in Turkey.  In Turkey, the development started with midwifery education with a master-apprentice relationship, with a long and challenging course today in the form of educational process is carried out with in high school and university.

As well as continued midwifery law studies in Turkey, significant legal regulations regarding midwifery training, employee rights, duties, authority and responsibilities have been implemented. Midwifery education has attained an international standard and has been offered at undergraduate, post graduate and doctorate levels. Despite the existence of legal regulations, midwives are still faced with serious complexities when it comes to their authority and responsibilities in the workplace. In this context, it has been observed that together with nursing tasks being confused with midwifery tasks, nursing tasks are expected from midwives while midwives, by will or under directions, work outside their competence area.