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Human rights


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 7– Human rights in midwifery.

First topic: Laws and regulation of midwifery

Laws and regulation of midwifery is a central part of basic knowledge of the framework of midwifery practice. Midwifery must always be practised in accordance with laws and regulation in the local setting. This topic will focus on the core competencies in midwifery in relation to laws and regulations of midwifery. Part of the topic are reflections on ethical standards in midwifery as respecting women´s autonomy, directed against making them central decision makers in their lives. Autonomy concerns both the client and the midwife, which also is addressed in this topic.

Second topic: Professional identity of the midwife

An essential part of midwifery is to obtain consciousness of the professional identity as a midwife. Reflections on how midwifery differs from other professions, which values midwives adhere to and how the ethical code of conduct is part of the professional identity. This topic will also focus on core competencies in relation to ethics, ethical principles (as informed choice, informed consent, and autonomy) and ethical values. The students are expected to achieve competencies to practice according to ethical principles and to recognize violations of ethical codes and to acquire competencies to take appropriate action at the end of the module.

Third topic Human rights in midwifery practice

This session will focus on describing the concept of a human rights based (HRBA) approach as a starting point, aiming at the students´ achievement of competencies to practice according to a HRBA approach at the end of the module. Further the session will focus on describing conditions that counteract violence and abuse, e.g., midwives respect of women as a core competency in midwifery. The session will also focus on reflections on core competencies in midwifery in relation to human rights aiming at prevention of violence.


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

Lene Toxig

Position: Midwife, Master of Philosophy. Teacher at the midwifery education at University College Nordjylland, Denmark Authoring Partner: UCN

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