INEC Increasing Ethical Competence

Midwifery education needs to give a strong basis for ethical competence when graduating midwifery students. This support can be systematic and targeted continuing education, mentoring or possibility to have supervision at work.


  • Lead school School of Health Professions
  • Institute Midwifery
  • Funding organisation Europäische Union
  • Duration 01.10.2013 - 31.07.2017
  • Project management Prof. Dr. Stephan Oelhafen
  • Head of project Prof. Dr. Stephan Oelhafen
  • Project staff Prof. Dr. Stephan Oelhafen
    Prof. Ursula Hölzli Reid
  • Partner Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS), Faculty of Health Care
    East-Tallinn Central Hospital Womens’ Clinic (ITK)
    Turku University Hospital (TYKS)
    Tallinn Health Care College (TTK)
  • Keywords Midwifery, Ethics, Competence, Education, Practice, Lifelong Learning Programme


The main purpose of this project is to develop in cooperation with educational and clinical partners a tangible educational model to increase midwifery students’ and midwives’ ethical competence.

Course of action



Results from 43 individual and focus group interviews, an online questionnaire as well as the lessons learnt from piloting 15 interventions in several institutions were integrated into a spiral curricular model for increasing midwives’ ethical competence. This model, called MidEthics, covers essential competences for midwives to be obtained in training and in clinical practice, and should inform curriculum development and policy makers.