Registered Nurses in the Philippines may indeed challenge the Midwifery Exam; provided they meet the proper criteria in deliveries by the deadlines. The next exam will be November 13 and 14 (Sat Sun) with application deadline of October 26th, 2010.
From the PRC Board of Midwifery Website:
Section 19. Registration of Nurse-Midwife
.- Certification of registration may be issued to registered
nurses who pass the examination for midwives: Provided, That the nurse, before being allowed to take
examination show evidence to the Board of having actually handled twenty (20) delivery cases as certified to by
the director or chief of a duly registered or recognized hospital, or by the proper municipal, city, or provincial
Section 20. Fees of Examination and Registration.- Applicants for examination for the practice of
midwifery shall pay an examination fee as prescribed by the Professional Regulation Commission.
Section 21. Inhibition Against Practice of Midwifery.- No person shall practice or offer to practice
midwifery in the Philippines, as defined in this Act, without holding a valid certificate of registration & a
professional license as midwife.
Section 23. Practice of Midwifery Defined.- The practice of midwifery consist in performing or rendering,
or offering to perform or render, for a fee, salary, or other reward or compensation, services requiring an
understanding of the principles and application of procedures and techniques in the supervision and care of
women during pregnancy, labor and puerperium management of normal deliveries, including the performance
of internal examination during labor except when patient is with antenatal bleeding; health education of the
patient, family and community; primary health care services in the community, including nutrition and family
planning, in carrying out the written order of physicians with regard to antenatal, intra-natal and post-natal care
of the normal pregnant mother, in giving immunization, including oral and parenteral dispensing of oxytoxic drug
after delivery of placenta, suturing perineal lacerations to control bleeding, to give intravenous fluid during
obstetrical emergencies provided they have been trained for that purpose; and may inject Vitamin K to the
newborn: Provided, however, That this provisions shall not apply to students in midwifery schools
midwifery services under the supervision of their instructors, nor to emergency cases.
There are no other statutes listed that cover Midwifery...Nor any directives on the PRC website that change any of the requirements as outlined in the Midwifery Act.
Hope this clarifies things for nurses wishing to take the midwifery exam!