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Midwifery and the ONMSD

The term midwife means with woman. Midwives recognise pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period as a healthy and profound experience in women’s lives.

Midwives work in partnership with women to support the mother and her baby.

Midwifery protects and enhances the health of women and babies. This protects and enhances the health and wellbeing of society.

Role of National Lead for Midwifery ONMSD

The ONMSD National Lead for Midwifery is responsible for:

  • Provision of midwifery expert leadership, guidance and support to the Office of Nursing & Midwifery Services Director and working collaboratively with the National Women and Infants Programme in the implementation of the National Maternity Strategy
  • Providing leadership necessary to ensure that maternity services are high quality, evidence-based and woman-centred
  • Provides the ONMSD, the National Women and Infants Health Programme Office and the HSE with expert leadership, guidance and support in the context of the delivery of evidence based midwifery care to women and their families
  • The National Lead for Midwifery has as a guiding focus a philosophy that provides for individualised and family-centred maternity care, with a strong emphasis on skilled, sensitive, evidence-based and respectful midwifery care

Education programmes for midwives

These short and long midwifery education programmes are available to inform your clinical practice and progress your career:

Ask your line manager and your Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Education about other education programmes.


Practice standards for midwives:

Termination of pregnancy:

Intrapartum fetal heart-rate monitoring:

Pregnancy loss and perinatal death:

Perinatal mental health services:

Alcohol and drug misuse in pregnancy:

Lone working:

National Maternity Strategy:

Maternity patient safety statements:

Midwifery quality care metrics:

Confidential Maternal Death Enquiry - Ireland

National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre: