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Nurse Midwifery

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Philosophy of the Nurse-Midwifery Concentration

The Nurse-Midwifery faculty accepts and endorses the philosophies of both East Carolina University College of Nursing and the American College of Nurse-Midwives. We believe nurse-midwives care for women throughout the lifespan within a family- and community- centered context to assist them in the development of optimal health practices. We respect the dignity, individuality, and diversity of all clients and encourage self-determination and active participation in health care decision making among our clients.

We believe that to provide optimal care to women throughout the lifespan and to their newborn infants, midwifery care should be delivered within a health care system that provides for interprofessional consultation, collaboration, and referral.

We believe in graduate-level midwifery education as the foundation for professional midwifery practice. We value lifelong individual learning and the use of high quality research evidence to promote best practices in midwifery care at the community, state, national, and international level.

As adult learners and professional nurses, nurse-midwifery students possess varied knowledge foundations and experiential backgrounds. We believe that student learning is enhanced through face-to-face learning experiences, distance learning technology, and individualized clinical experiences. These pedagogical methods promote professional growth through the development of critical thinking, self-directedness, self-evaluation, and self-corrective behaviors.