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ICM Midwifery Competencies

A digital learning solution for educating midwives

Build Confidence and Proficiency in Future Midwives

Co-developed with the International Confederation of Midwives, ICM Midwifery Competencies is a solution to help midwifery educators prepare students for clinical practice.

Using the SimCapture digital platform, students access ICM-verified content and train with their peers to get the critical knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors required when entering midwifery practice.

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Bring extensive training opportunities to your midwifery program:

 

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Peer-to-peer practice for more frequent hands-on training prior to graduation

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Measuring competencies with data that automatically tracks students' performance, eliminating the need for manual processing

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With expert-validated content, assign students learning activities in accordance with the ICM's Essential Competencies for Midwifery Practice

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Adaptable to midwifery curriculum simplifying implementation

50 practice sessions covering pregnancy, labor and birth and the postnatal period, family planning and safe abortion

  • Normal Pregnancy
  • Normal Birth
  • Postpartum Care
  • Complicated Birth
  • Family Planning
  • Abortion Care
  • General Midwifery Care
  • Newborn Care

Normal Pregnancy

Normal Pregnancy includes 5 practice sessions where each session includes:

  • Scenario
  • Pre-reflection
  • Practice section
  • Post reflection

SKILLS AND METHODOLOGIES COVERED

  • Calculate estimated due date
  • Practice antenatal assessment
  • Perform an abdominal palpation in the antenatal setting
  • Assist a pregnant woman and her partner to develop a plan for labour and birth

EXAMPLES OF COMPETENCIES COVERED

  • Provide pre-pregnancy care
  • Monitor the progression of pregnancy
  • Assist the woman and her family to plan for an appropriate place of birth

Normal Birth

Normal Birth includes 15 practice sessions where each session includes:

  • Scenario
  • Pre-reflection
  • Practice section
  • Post reflection

SKILLS AND METHODOLOGIES COVERED

  • Demonstrate competency in using the WHO labour Care Guide
  • Practice possible positions for birth
  • Cardinal movements of the cephalic fetus during labour and birth
  • Perform a vaginal examination during labour
  • Practice normal birth -2nd stage
  • Practice normal birth -3rd stage
  • Practice active management of third stage labour
  • Manage nuchal cord at birth
  • Perform catheterization on a woman in labour
  • Manage twin delivery
  • Examination of the placenta and membranes
  • Measure blood loss immediately after birth
  • Practice breech birth

EXAMPLES OF COMPETENCIES COVERED

  • Promote physiologic labor and birth
  • Manage a safe spontaneous vaginal birth; prevent, detect, and stabilize complications
  • Educate women to make individual choices about care
  • Detect, treat, and stabilize postnatal complications in women and refer as necessary

Postpartum Care

Postpartum Care includes 4 practice sessions where each session includes:

  • Scenario
  • Pre-reflection
  • Practice section
  • Post reflection

SKILLS AND METHODOLOGIES COVERED

  • Examine, assess, and counsel on perineal tears
  • Provide postpartum assessment of the new monther
  • Repair of second-degree perineal tear

EXAMPLES OF COMPETENCIES COVERED

  • Manage a safe spontaneous vaginal birth; prevent, detect, and stabilize complications
  • Provide postnatal care to ensure the health of the woman

Complicated Birth

Complicated Birth includes 9 practice sessions where each session includes:

  • Scenario
  • Pre-reflection
  • Practice section
  • Post reflection

SKILLS AND METHODOLOGIES COVERED

  • Administer local anesthesia before performing an episiotomy
  • Perform an episiotomy on a woman during second stage of labor
  • Manage shoulder dystocia
  • Advise on the warning signs of hypertensive disorders
  • Prepare loading dose of Magnesium Sulphate for severe pre-eclampsia in pregnancy
  • Management of eclampsia in pregnancy
  • Manage postpartum hemorrhage in third stage of labour (AMTSL)
  • Perform manual removal for a retained placenta
  • Perform abdominal aortic compression
  • Management of PPH using Uterine Balloon tamponade
  • Perform bimanual compression
  • Perform shock management
  • Practice instrumental birth - vacuum extraction

EXAMPLES OF COMPETENCIES COVERED

  • Recognize conditions outside midwifery scope of practice and refer appropriately
  • Detect, stabilize, manage, and refer women with complicated pregnancies
  • Manage a safe spontaneous vaginal birth; prevent, detect, and stabilize complications
  • Detect, treat, and stabilize postnatal complications in woman and refer as necessary

Family Planning

Family Planning includes 7 practice sessions where each session includes:

  • Scenario
  • Pre-reflection
  • Practice section
  • Post reflection

SKILLS AND METHODOLOGIES COVERED

  • Provide counseling on Family Planning and contraceptive methods
  • Counsel and advise on emergency contraceptive pill (ECP)
  • Demonstrate condom application
  • Insertion of Intra Uterine Device (IUCD) in the postpartum period
  • Practice removal of Intra Uterine Contraceptive Device (IUCD)
  • Perform insertion of implant
  • Supervising a midwiferty student in the removal of an implant

EXAMPLES OF COMPETENCIES COVERED

  • Provide family planning services

Abortion Care

Abortion Care includes 1 practice session with:

  • Scenario
  • Pre-reflection
  • Practice section
  • Post reflection

SKILLS AND METHODOLOGIES COVERED

  • Provide counseling to a woman for medical abortion for an unplanned pregnancy

EXAMPLES OF COMPETENCIES COVERED

  • Provide care to women with unintended or mistimed pregnancy

General Midwifery Care

General Midwifery Care includes 4 practice sessions where each session includes:

  • Scenario
  • Pre-reflection
  • Practice section
  • Post reflection

SKILLS AND METHODOLOGIES COVERED

  • Practice respectful midwifery language
  • Practice cervical screening
  • Take urine analysis pregnancy test
  • Identifying signs of possible sexual trauma in women

EXAMPLES OF COMPETENCIES COVERED

  • Facilitate women to make individual choices about care
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication with women and families, health care teams, and community groups
  • Manage a safe spontaneous vaginal birth; prevent, detect, and stabilize complications

Newborn Care

Newborn Care includes 5 practice sessions where each session includes:

  • Scenario
  • Pre-reflection
  • Practice section
  • Post reflection

SKILLS AND METHODOLOGIES COVERED

  • Conduct initial assessment of the newborn
  • Perform newborn resuscitation
  • Administer BCG injection to newborn infant
  • Provide kangaroo mother care for the premature infant
  • Support initiation of breastfeeding

EXAMPLES OF COMPETENCIES COVERED

  • Provide care of the newborn immediately after birth
  • Provide care to healthy newborn infant

Save time with expert-validated content

 

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ICM sets global standards for midwifery education and midwifery regulation and works to strengthen professional associations of midwives throughout the world with 140 Member Associations in 119 countries.

Because SimCapture includes content verified by ICM, educators benefit by:

  • Reducing the time needed to plan lessons
  • Having resources that help students practice in accordance with ICM Standards

 

Focus on respectful care

Beyond skills practice, ICM Midwifery Competencies enables students to have conversations and reflect on topics such as:

  • Communicating respectfully and seeking consent
  • Situational awareness
  • Informed choice
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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