The faculty of Midwifery, Neonatal and Reproductive Health Studies was established in 2016 and takes pride in being the first independent faculty to break away from the faculty of Nursing. With a mission to educate and inspire leaders in the profession of midwifery and reproductive health, the faculty offers unique direct-entry, University certificate, post-basic, Masters and post-doctoral programs that train students in all aspects of midwifery care preparing them to greatly improve the quality and breadth of maternity care offered to women and new families.
We are committed to facilitating students’ personal and professional development within a supportive, respectful and flexible environment. Our staff from a range of professional and disciplinary backgrounds are active in research and are dedicated to contributing to the sustainable provision of quality reproductive health services through the provision of societal need tailored education; problem based reproductive health research and relevant community services. Through innovative approaches to teaching and learning, we provide our students with the very best opportunities and support to pursue their studies in order to become safe, effective, skilled and knowledgeable professional midwifery practitioners and make a significant contribution to the health of the nation; devoted to the generation and application of theory and research for the advancement of Reproductive health.
In addition to teaching students in the classroom, the faculty supports students in learning and practising in outpatient and hospital settings, skills laboratories and simulation teaching. The students train with well oriented preceptors in a variety of hospitals across the country. By connected theoretical and practical teaching the faculty’s particular emphasis is on culturally equipping our graduates to be useful to all childbearing women, babies and their families.
Since inception, we have managed to kick start a direct entry program into midwifery which will significantly help the college to produce highly qualified midwives who will help in the promotion of quality maternal, neonatal and reproductive health of Malawi. We wish to see midwifery education attracting applicants with a vocational commitment to mothers, babies, families and midwifery and meeting their diverse social, personal and educational needs.
To conform to national and international standards of midwifery competence, the faculty is guided by curricula that are approved by University of Malawi senate, accredited by our professional body (the Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi) and the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE). Besides the direct-entry undergraduate midwifery programme, we also house Bachelor of Science in Midwifery (Post-Basic), University Certificate in Midwifery, Master of Science in Midwifery, Master of Science in Reproductive Health and Doctor of Philosophy in Midwifery