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Advanced clinical skills in midwifery – promoting normal labor

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About This Course

The aim of this free online SafeMa midwifery postgraduate MOOC is to enhance women´s access to quality midwifery services by strengthening the knowledge and reflection of the participant. The course is self-paced and interactive with reading materials, videos, and tests to further your professional reflection. 

8 partner institutions in Denmark, Greece, Cambodia, and Vietnam have come together in an Erasmus+ capacity-building project to create the SafeMa Hubs for excellence in the partner institutions of Vietnam and Cambodia to foster competency-based and on-site training, evidence-based research and career development facilities. 

The SafeMa postgraduate course offers a postgraduate course consistent of 8 modules as well as facilitated internships. Each SafeMa module has an associated MOOC that introduces you to the SafeMa postgraduate course and prepares you for participation in the related module. Each MOOC has a different theme related to the SafeMa module taught in Vietnam and Cambodia:

1. Advanced clinical skills in midwifery – promoting normal labor

2. Advanced clinical skills in midwifery II – Fetal monitoring and patient safety

3. Advanced clinical skills in midwifery III – Obstetric emergencies

4. Post-partum health promotion within midwifery

5. Methods in health research

6. Clinical preceptorship

7. Human rights in midwifery

8. Evidence-based midwifery

In this MOOC you will gain knowledge on the SafeMa project and structure. You will be presented to three main topics which are essential and partly representative for the remains of SafeMa Module 1 – Promoting normal labor.

First topic: Stages of labor

The stages of labor are presented in a superficial manor, followed by reflective study activities. The aim is to both test and give you knowledge on the stages of labor and to begin your reflective practice. Knowledge on the stages of labor is essential to provide individual care and avoid unnecessary interventions.

Second topic:  Anatomy of maternal pelvis and fetal skull

You are presented to the anatomy of the female pelvis and the fetal skull as this is essential to understand the mechanisms of labor.

Third topic: Hormones of labor

You will be presented to the hormones of labor. Labor happens and progresses because of hormones. It is essential for a midwife to understand how the hormones work and interact with each other to promote normal labor.


UCN is responsible for the original content of this MOOC, as it was prepared during the project period of the SafeMa project. Translations and adaptions during/and after the project period of the SafeMa project is the responsibility of local SafeMa partners in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Course Staff

Marie Louise Mastrup Knudsen

Position: Midwife and Master of Midwifery. Lecturer at the midwifery education at University College Nordjylland, Denmark Authoring Partner: UCN

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