The University of Dublin has a clear philosophy concerning women, their babies and their families; the nature of midwifery care; the profession of midwifery; the provision of midwifery education; and the conduct of research in maternity care and women’s health. We are dedicated to excellence in practice, education and research.
Each woman journeying through pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period draws from her individual life experiences. Social and cultural contexts influence the woman’s unique perceptions of, and expectations in relation to having a baby and becoming a mother. Having a baby is a life-changing experience for the woman and her family and care should be holistic, taking account of the social nature of this significant event. Midwives are ideally positioned to empower women to have more control in the decision making process regarding their health and lifestyle choices. Women and their families need and deserve sensitive care from all health care professionals. This involves developing a reciprocal and equitable relationship in order to foster a partnership based on mutual trust and respect.
The profession of midwifery is concerned with protecting and promoting the normality of childbirth for women. However, all women, including women with complex needs, are entitled to and can benefit from midwifery care. We commit to supporting midwives in offering and providing responsive care, where the development of an equitable partnership with the woman and her family is central. This is inclusive of the woman or her family’s ethnic, cultural, religious, socioeconomic background or sexual orientation. We uphold the autonomous role of the midwifery profession and recognise that midwifery care is most effectively and efficiently provided through collaboration with women and our multidisciplinary colleagues in the health care team.
Midwifery education focuses on developing all aspects of the curriculum to achieve the goal of empowering women and their families through their relationship with midwives. Consequently, midwifery education programmes aim to inspire and support midwives to fulfil the scope of midwifery practice.