International and Intercultural Midwifery Practice (VO)


Course lecturer:

 Umyma El Jelede
 Simone Prüss , BSc
Course numberB3.06690.40.040
Course codeHebArb
Semester of degree program Semester 4
Mode of delivery Presencecourse
ECTS credits1,0
Language of instruction German

Health education and preventive medicine are parts of the training programme for obtaining evidence of formal qualifications in midwifery.

Students shall build on their previously gained knowledge and focus on different cultures in the international context and how to approach these differentiality in their field of activity. They shall consider various historical, social, cultural and individual circumstances and develop concepts and methods to understand and explain working procedures to various families. Students shall get the opportunity to compare the international framework of midwifery tasks. Also, students shall use relevant preventive health promoting projects and strategies to improve their own environment. They shall get introduced to networks, organizations, international obstetric practice, latest developments and different challenges. The focus of the class is set on the international exchange and networking.


Comparison of international health care institutions, impact of globalization on giving birth, cultural differences on reproductive medicine, NGOs, Midwifery Associations, global strategies, guidelines and standards

Davis-Floyd, Robbie, & Sargent, Carolyn (1997). Childbirth and Authoritative Knowledge: Crosscultural Perspectives. Berkley/Los Angeles: University of California Press.
EURO-PERISTAT Project with SCPE and EUROCAT (2013). European Health Report. The Health and Care of Pregnant Women and Babies in Europe. Available
Hillier, Dawn (2003). Childbirth in the Global Village: Implications for Midwifery Education and Practice. New York: Routledge.
Schiefenhövel, Wulf, Sich, Dorothea & Gottschalk-Batschkus (1995). Gebären - Ethnomedizinische Perspektiven und neue Wege. Berlin: Verlag f. Wissenschaft und Bildung.
Simonds, Wendy, Katz-Rothman, Barbara, Meltzer & Norman, Bari (2007). Laboring On: Birth in Transition in the United States. New York: Routledge.
United Nations Population Fund (2011). Delivering Health, Saving Lives. State of the World's Midwifery. New York: UNFPA.

Lecture (VO) (compulsory): Lectures, studies, group work, discussion