Purposes & Philosophy of the Midwifery Program

Nurse-Midwife Program Purposes

The identified purposes of the nurse-midwifery program are to

  • Prepare individuals committed to excellence in the practice of nurse-midwifery by
    • acquiring in-depth knowledge required for the full scope of nurse-midwifery practice.
    • engaging in clinical experiences of sufficient quantity and quality to establish competence as a beginning practitioner.
    • fostering a sense of inquiry, continuing love of learning and pursuit of knowledge.
  • Prepare individuals for leadership roles in nurse-midwifery by:
    • providing an environment that offers research experiences and opportunities.
    • cultivating a knowledge and appreciation of the history of the profession.
    • schooling on the importance of adherence to professional standards and commitment to educating future nurse-midwives.

Nurse-Midwife Program Philosophy

Two cornerstones of the philosophy of the nurse-midwifery major are the Program Philosophy of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing of Case Western Reserve University and the Philosophy of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (09/04).

The faculty of the Nurse-Midwifery major believes in a fundamental respect for the dignity of every human being. We believe each person is unique with the right of self-determination and with the potential for growth. Students are diverse individuals with needs to be met, potentials to be recognized, and strengths to be developed.

The faculty respect childbearing, family growth and development, and maturing as normal healthy processes. We support the dignity, diversity and humanity of women and their families across the lifespan and support their right to safe, comprehensive, and satisfying health care experiences. We support the health of women so that they can nurture strong families and contribute to the strength and stability of our society.

The art, the theory, and the science for ethical and competent nurse-midwifery practice is expanded through research, critical analysis of disseminated research, quality assurance, and other scholarly activities.