Midwives support women and their babies
Midwives use their knowledge, skills and professional behaviours to support women and their babies.
Midwifery in Ireland has been recognised as a distinct profession through the Nursing and Midwives Act 2011. This legislation underpins the development of the midwifery profession, while adherence by midwives to standards and guidance issued by Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) ensures safe and high-quality care for mothers and their babies.
Standards and guidance for midwives
As a registered midwife, you should be familiar with and adhere to various standards that govern your profession such as:
1.The Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics which will guide you in your day-to-day practice and help you understand their professional responsibilities in caring for patients in a safe, ethical and effective way
2.The Scope of Nursing and Midwifery Practice Framework which will provide you with professional guidance and support on matters relating to the scope of clinical practice
3.Practice Standards for Midwives set out the standards of midwifery care and makes midwives aware of the legislation and guidelines defining their role and describing their scope of practice
In addition, the following guidance documents are relevant to midwives:
Midwives and Registration
As a registered midwife, it is your professional and legal responsibility to retain your name on the Register of Nurses and Midwives. NMBI has developed a number of online services to assist midwives to check their registration, pay certain fees electronically, access forms and order certificates.