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Midwifery in Abu Dhabi: A descriptive survey of midwives

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      Midwives of international standards may save lives on a scale unmatched by any other intervention. There are limited trained midwives in Abu Dhabi. Midwifery may be eroded or diminished if there is attrition and/ or no succession of trained midwives (Bharj et al., 2016). Therefore, high quality midwifery education is needed.


      This study aimed to describe midwifery in Abu Dhabi to inform the development of a new midwifery education degree program.


      In 2022, midwives working in Abu Dhabi were invited to an anonymous online questionnaire. Data collected included characteristics such as age, qualification, duration of practice, practice setting, and skills used. Excel was used to perform descriptive statistics.


      Seventeen midwives participated (N = 17). The majority (58.8%, n = 10) work in Labour Ward, four midwives rotated to antenatal, labour, and postnatal areas (23.5%, n = 4). Midwives came from many countries, but there were no midwives of Emirati nationality. Seventy per cent held Undergraduate (70.5%, n = 12) and almost a third held Postgraduate (29.5%, n = 5) midwifery degrees. Skills commonly used included parentcraft (47.0%, n = 8), promoting physiologic labour and birth encouraging freedom of movement (93.8%, n = 15), facilitating safe spontaneous vaginal births (88.2%, n = 15), perineal and vaginal suturing (68.8%, n = 11) and immediate care of the newborn (100.0%, n = 17). Midwives less commonly led antenatal assessments (37.5%, n = 6) and worked in postnatal areas (31.3%, n = 4).


      Understanding midwives' characteristics, where they work, and skills used may inform Midwifery education. Having more midwives will strengthen midwifery and increase women’s choice for respectful, safe maternity care.


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