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In our MSc programme in midwifery, you will learn to take the lead in various professional fields and offer family-oriented, interprofessional perinatal care. You will gain comprehensive experience in research methodologies, which will boost your innovative approach to the profession.
With a MSc in midwifery, you will learn to analyse the various aspects of obstetric care and implement scientific findings in the practice and development of obstetrics.
In our MSc programme in midwifery, we will teach you how best to strengthen and prepare women for the impending physical challenges of childbirth. One of our main objectives is to prepare you to engage your specialist knowledge and help manage complex obstetric situations. A key component in this is understanding how to provide perinatal care to women and families from various socio-economic backgrounds. We consider the unique needs that may emerge for underprivileged patients during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. We also critically examine the increased prevalence of accompanying chronic, somatic and mental disorders and their impact on pregnancy, birth, and postpartum and nursing periods.
Our master’s programme in midwifery opens new professional opportunities for you, whether on interprofessional teams, in teaching and research or in leadership and management.
Your role as an expert midwife
As an expert midwife, you will facilitate the transfer of the latest findings into obstetric practice. You will ensure that the care provided to women and their families meets their needs and current standards in the field. You will be versed in protocols and equipped to establish guidelines for practice as needed. You will also develop solutions for situations as they arise. In the context of integrated obstetrics, you will provide the highest level of support and consult with other healthcare professionals on the best approach to patient care. As an expert in midwifery, you will support mothers through the physiological course of pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period with comprehensive counselling and care in complex obstetric situations. You will advise and assist patients presenting with demanding pathophysiological cases, such as mental disorders or chronic illnesses (e.g. diabetes, high blood pressure, rheumatic diseases or obesity). You may encounter challenges in providing care to women living in poverty, single mothers and women from migrant backgrounds. Furthermore, you will take on advisory and support roles on your team and lead interdisciplinary and interprofessional quality circles as well as case reviews.
Your role in leadership and management positions
You will take on leadership and management duties. As a leader, you will influence the quality of care that women and their families receive. You will also determine working conditions for your staff. You will factor scientific findings into changes in your organisation, supporting or initiating related projects. You will gather staff suggestions for improving integrated perinatal care – including considerations made for reasons of health economics – and implement these changes into your interprofessional collaborations. From your management position, you will influence the development of health and educational policies on both social and political levels.
Your role in teaching, research and development
You will compile and present evidence-based, technical content to students at various levels of training and integrate new research findings in your teaching. Additionally, you will initiate and evaluate the development of the field of midwifery, on both a practical and scientific level. You will lead interdisciplinary and interprofessional advanced training programmes. In this way, you will contribute to ongoing improvement in the quality of obstetric care.
In the field of research, you will publish scientific papers, prepare reports, work as a consultant and contribute to research projects, such as developing, implementing and evaluating integrated obstetric care models. You will also help foster cooperation between clinical institutes and partners domestically and internationally.