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Elizabeth Gilmore 1947-2011
"We must remove barriers to midwifery education in order to improve outcomes for mothers and babies."



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Non-Discriminatory Policy:

The National College of Midwifery admits staff, faculty, and students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, physical ability and sexual orientation, to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to staff, faculty, or students of the College. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, physical ability or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, or any other college-administered program.

The Americans With Disabilities Act is designed to protect persons with disabilities from discrimination. They recommend that the “essential functions” necessary for performing the proposed job, schooling, etc., be fully described so that the candidate can determine if she/he can perform these “essential functions”. The “essential functions” for midwifery students might be described as follows:

  1. To read and understand technical and scientific material
  2. To apply knowledge obtained from books, classes, clinical experiences to real-life situations
  3. To memorize facts and test successfully for them
  4. To write coherent essays analyzing health problems
  5. To research topics relevant to midwifery practice and present findings
  6. To perform differential diagnoses based on information given by the patient and obtained by oneself clinically
  7. To perform clinical skills for obtaining physical information from clients
  8. To perform clinical skills essential to the physical tasks that may be necessary during prenatal, birth, post-partum, newborn and wellwomen care
  9. To lift and reposition clients
  10. To perform motor skills such as suturing, starting IVs, intubating, injecting, driving vehicles
  11. To correctly administer medications
  12. To work long hours at a time, sometimes without much break, even for days at a time
  13. To communicate successfully with clients, their families, your colleagues, doctors, hospitals, laboratories, emergency services, community resources
  14. To elicit essential information from clients to ascertain their state of health
  15. To record clients’ health and progress and fill out required official documents
  16. To tell the truth about your knowledge of any facts relevant to a clients’ health
  17. To tell the truth about your skills levels
  18. To refer all clients who are out of your scope of expertise/practice to appropriate practitioners
  19. To keep confidential all information about all clients
  20. To teach clients about the functioning of their bodies, during the prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum, newborn, interconceptional and menopausal phases of life
  21. To orient clients to resources, information, behaviors, practitioners that could help them with their health
  22. To inform clients of available alternatives
  23. To obtain informed consent before undertaking any treatment or testing
  24. To perform self-evaluation and preceptor evaluation
  25. To successfully perform midwifery skills under preceptor supervision and to gradually take increased responsibility until you can perform all midwifery tasks independently
  26. To seek assistance from qualified persons whenever in doubt
  27. To maintain self-health, mental, physical, spiritual

The ADA does allow employers, preceptors, etc., to ask a student if they can perform the essential functions. Employers/preceptors can ask the student to describe or demonstrate how they will perform an essential function. They can also test for aptitude, physical agility, intelligence and specific skills. The College Administration is available to help students and preceptors think through reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities.