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Graduate Course in Midwifery

Education Philosophy

The Graduate Course in Midwifery aims, based on the fundamental ethos and founding principles of Sapporo Medical
University, to develop midwives with advanced knowledge and excellent skills who possess creativity and a sense of humanity, and that contribute to the enrichment and improvement of maternal and child health and perinatal care.

Educational Goals

The Graduate Course in Midwifery has set the following educational goals to achieve its education philosophy and to encourage students to acquire the basic knowledge and skills necessary for midwives to meet society’s needs.
1. Acquire the basic knowledge and skills necessary to support mothers during pregnancy, delivery and puerperium, in addition to assisting families with child rearing and supporting the health of women throughout their lifetime.
2. Acquire the ability to act as a professional and with respect for human dignity and life in accordance with the ethical principles required of midwives
3. Acquire the ability to take the initiative to fulfill the responsibilities and commitments required of a midwife in practical activities using professional knowledge and skills while collaborating with other professionals
4. Acquire the ability to respect human diversity and establish a relationship of mutual trust with women and families in providing support
5. Acquire the determination to make a continuous effort for personal development, to maintain and improve one’s  midwifery skills, and to explore the field of midwifery, with the aim of providing high-quality services
6. Acquire the determination to take a multidimensional approach to women’s health issues with an international perspective

Educational Characteristics

The curriculum for the Graduate Course in Midwifery consists of introductory courses to midwifery, practical courses on 1.
midwifery care and additional courses to improve the quality of midwifery skills. The university offers a full range of lectures and practical training to help students acquire the knowledge necessary to improve the health of women, provide support for mothers and families in raising future generations and assess midwifery care to be provided independently in communities.
Lectures are offered by Sapporo Medical University’s full-time faculty specializing in midwifery and gynecology, in addition to other faculty in relevant fields and instructors actively involved in maternal and child health and perinatal care in Hokkaido.
Lectures are offered by Sapporo Medical University’s full-time faculty specializing in midwifery and gynecology, in addition to other faculty in relevant fields and instructors actively involved in maternal and child health and perinatal care in Hokkaido.
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    Students in class
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Curriculum

Based on fundamental knowledge in midwifery, students acquire practical midwifery techniques. Through the acquisition of knowledge and techniques on campus and practical training at various institutions, students develop their midwifery skills systematically in a step-by-step manner.

Midwifery Basics

Students come to understand the objectives and targets of midwifery and acquire knowledge on perinatal medicine, pharmaceutics, nutrition science, and other relevant subjects that form the basics of practical midwifery skills. Students also learn about professional responsibility and ethical practices.

 Subjects (Credits)

  • Introduction to midwifery (2)
  • Perinatal Medicine I (1)
  • Perinatal Medicine II (1)
  • Perinatal Pharmaceutics (1)
  • Fetology and Neonatology (1)
  • Maternal and Child Nutrition (1)
  • Infant Development (1)
  • Family Psychosociology (1)

Midwifery Practical Skills

On-campus seminars are offered to help students learn about the assessment of women during pregnancy, delivery and puerperium, the assessment of newborns and the management of midwifery services. In on-site training courses, students enhance their practical skills by providing midwifery services in perinatal medical and maternal and child health care settings.

Subjects (Credits)

Midwifery Diagnosis and Care I (1)
Midwifery Diagnosis and Care II (3)
Midwifery Diagnosis and Care III (2)
Perinatal Risks (1)
Midwifery Management (1)
Midwifery Practice I (8)
Midwifery Practice II (2)
Midwifery Practice III (1)
Midwifery Practice IV (1)

Midwifery-Related Courses

Students learn the role of midwives involved in the improvement of reproductive health and maternal and child
health in communities. Students also develop insights into midwifery practices based on the latest findings and
enhance their abilities to offer effective care.

Subjects (Credits)
  • Health Management (1)
  • Community-Based Maternal and Child Health Care (1)
  • Midwifery Research (1)
 

 Total … 32 credits (All subjects are compulsory)