How to be a Registered Nurse-Midwife in the Philippines?
- 0Jan 24, '09 by r0b0c0pGood day to all. I just want to know the process on how to be a Registered Nurse-Midwife here in the Philippines. I am already a Registered Nurse and I am planning to take the Midwifery Licensure Examination. I decided that I'll pursue a specialization of Nurse-Midwife. I searched through the internet and I found out that the requirement for RNs before taking up the Midwifery Licensure Examination is the Record of 20 Deliveries. I just want to know the format of the Record of Deliveries. Another thing is that where can I complete those deliveries? Fabella isn't allowing RNs to complete their midwifery cases there. Please help me. Thanks in advance to those who will reply.
- 0Jan 25, '09 by suzanne4Cases need to be recorded just as you did for your basic RN license as a start.
I do hope that it is going to be more than 20 deliveries before one can get the midwifery designation. It used to be 50 deliveries in the Philippines just for the basic RN.
You should check with the licensing board there that overseas midwives to get their specifics on it. It is going to be much more than just 20 deliveries that one does.
- 0Jan 25, '09 by juan de la cruz, MSN, RN, NP GuidePer the Midwifery Law or Repulbic Act 7392, a Registered Nurse may be allowed to sit for the Midwifery Board Examination after having provided proof of completion of 20 deliveries (Article III Section 19). http://imap.ph/midwifery-law.html.
The Professional Regulation Commission's website is more specific and states that the RN should show proof of having handled 20 deliveries, 5 sutures, and 5 intravenous injections signed by the Hospital Director or Municipal Health Officer and duly notarized. http://www.prc.gov.ph/portal_article...d=368&aid=1708.
It does seem like the requirements have been decreased to just 20 cases even for graduates of midwifery programs. I completed my delivery cases at Fabella as an RN student. The midwifery students at the time were required to handle 60 deliveries (late 80's to early 90's).
If Fabella wouldn't allow you to complete cases, there are other public hospitals that have large volumes of deliveries and many are in local communities in many provinces. If this is something you wish to pursue, I recommend you start calling hospital administrators and see if they will let you complete the cases in their respective facilities.
- 1Jan 30, '09 by woknbluesPerhaps a little off topic..
I find it interesting and unfair that a midwife in the Philippines has less education than an RN, but seems to practice with way more authority, autonomy and responsibility, (episiotomy and repair, etc). Whereas the American / UK counterpart midwife is an acknowledged advanced nursing practitioner, with advanced degree/certs.... For the record, every Philippine Midwife I ever met and worked with was absolutely incredible in terms of skill and efficiency(of course, some are delivering a thousand a year each, so how can you not get good at it, right?). All of the normal spontaneous deliveries I attended always used a midwife, be it in a secondary or tertiary facility. The midwives would just line the ladies up in order of gravida# of Xs and cm's from the IE.. They knew within 5 minutes of the delivery, just enough time to scrub in... If you go from RN (requires 15 or 20) to Midwife (20), I guess the bare minimum # of deliveries would be 35. In a month as a professional midwife, you will have 100 I bet. I would also think that there would be more suturing in the training, as 90% of all primis seem to have the episiotomy....
- 0Jan 31, '09 by bubbles0220There's a new memo out with regards to midwives education, its now a BS course...with the 2 years midwifery course and all the requirements passed, one could sit on the midwifery board exam and then when s/he passes the board exam that would be the time wherein one ould proceed to 3rd year of education and upon graduation, one could already put up a birthing clinic.