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MidwiferyThe Nurse Midwifery Diploma Programme is a family centered reproductive health education programme, which promotes the use of a community base approach in the delivery of health care. It combines theoretical course work designed as self-directed learning modules with guided clinical experience in various health care settings. It includes prerequisites, general education and core nurse-midwifery course work. The programme is designed to be delivered in sixteen (16) to twenty four (24) month full time/part time. Upon successful completion of the programme the graduate is able to provide safe and effective reproductive health care, to individuals, families and communities as a member of the multidisciplinary health team. The graduate is also eligible to sit national licensing examinations for entry into professional nurse-midwifery practice.  


Persons seeking admission to this programme shall meet the following entry requirements:

  • Academic:
    • Successful completion of the General Nursing Programme from a recognized school of nursing, having completed the Regional Nursing Curriculum.
    • Successful completion of all pre requisite for programme or other required courses (effective 2003)
  • Other Professional Qualifications:
    • Possession of current license to practice as a registered nurse in St Lucia
    • A minimum of one-year current post basic experience in a general hospital setting (maternal and infant nursing experience preferred)
    • Current CPR Certification Medical Certificate of Fitness
    • An interview
    • Two References Workplace supervisor or last employer and the last educational institution you attended
  • Cost:
    • As stipulated by the College and are subject to change. Plus Books, Uniforms, School & Clinical Supplies, transportation to and from Obstetric/Neonatal Nursing Unit

In addition to the above requirements, candidates are required to make the necessary arrangements to be attached to an Obstetric/Neonatal Nursing Unit

Applicants are to complete an application form, available at the College, or may be downloaded from this website. Applications must be submitted in duplicate, with the non-refundable application fee, certified copies of certificates or grade slips where applicable and a birth certificate to:

The Registrar
Sir Arthur Lewis Community College
Morne Fortune,
St Lucia

At the end of the programme, students will have achieved the status of a safe, competent practitioner who conform to the established international standards of nurse midwifery and family reproductive health and will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the influence of biospychosocial, spiritual, economic, political and cultural factors in relation to health care and advice women on the promotion and maintenance of their health.
  2. Identify common factors, which contribute to, and those, which adversely affect the physical, emotional and social well-being of the mother and baby and take appropriate action.
  3. Give the necessary supervision, care and counsel to women during pregnancy, labor and postpartum periods with an application that is family centered and community based in its approach.
  4. Manage birth and delivery, and the immediate care of the newborn and infant on own responsibility based on current scientific principles of nurse-midwifery practice.
  5. Promote birth as a normal process requiring a minimum of interventions.
  6. Counsel and educate women, families and communities including antenatal issues, preparation for parenthood, family reproductive issues, family planning, health promotion, childcare, health and safety, and promoting breastfeeding.
  7. Work as autonomous practitioners in a variety of health, care settings, collaborating with other professional service providers service providers when necessary and to seek assistance of a registered medial practitioner as appropriate.
  8. Communicate appropriately and effectively with mothers and their families with colleagues and with those in other disciplines
  9. Function effectively in multi-professional team delivering care, which embraces women and family centered care and facilitating consultation and referral as appropriate.
  10. Advocate for recognition of the role of the client as an integral member of the health care team with distinct right as well as responsibilities
  11. Critically read relevant literature and research to inform and advance the practice of midwifery
  12. Debate the ethical issues relating to midwifery practice and the responsibilities, which these impose on the midwife.
  13. Continue to develop their practice utilizing the foundations of life-long learning initiated in the programme.
  14. Articulate and implement the requirements of legislation relevant to the practice of midwifery
  15. Promote nurse-midwifery and family reproductive health through national and professional organizations, the political process, research activities and policy development

"The fundamental cure for poverty is not money, but knowledge."

Sir William Arthur Lewis

Sir William Arthur Lewis
(Our island's first of two Nobel Laureates)


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