Competencies to be derived
Instructional Strategies / Teaching-Learning Approaches:
Certification for completion – YES
It is estimated that 810 women die every day due to complications from childbirth. About two-thirds of these death occur in lower-and middle-income countries. More than half of these deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Majority of these deaths are avoidable with low cost interventions and skilled birth attendance.
However, childbearing women do not take the option of facility birth due to many reasons including ignorance, fear of disrespect and abuse by health providers, lack of transportation and financial constraints. Evidence suggest that, abusive and disrespectful behaviour by care givers may influence the decision not to seek skilled birth attendance by some mothers.
Ethics involve a systematic examination of moral life and seek to provide sound justification for the moral decisions and actions of people. The purpose of this course is to reinforce and develop knowledge, skills and attitudes about ethical principles underpinning comprehensive midwifery care and examine the concept of respectful maternity care and what constitute abuse and disrespect
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
a. Articulate their expectations and hopes about the session
b. Explain ethical principles that promote RMC
c. Discuss a human right–based approach to reproductive health
d. Discuss the universal rights of childbearing women
e. Discuss human rights framework for midwifery care
f. Develop proposals for a change project on how ethical principle of autonomy can be applied to the continuum of midwifery care
g. Discuss ethical dilemmas that may arise in professional work
h. Explain how ethical dilemmas may result into disrespect & abuse