Midwifery  Ostetricia

General information

Classification of Scholarly Field L/SNT1 Nursing and midwifery
Application and Admission Limited enrolment with admission test. How to apply.
Course Duration 3 years
Course Attendance Mandatory
Course Language Italian
Course Location Milano:
Fondazione IRCCS Ca’ Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico - Padiglione Regina Elena – via M. Fanti 6
Azienda Ospedaliera Carlo Poma - v.le Albertoni 1
Head of Studies Fabio Parazzini
Course Website Programme Description

Course Objectives

Graduates in Obstetrics are healthcare professionals who assist and advise women during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. They are responsible for overseeing the successful completion of normal childbirths, and administering to the new-born baby.

Obstetrics graduates are qualified to partake in:

  • healthcare and sexual educational initiatives, both within the family and the community
  • psychoprophylactic preparation for childbirth
  • the preparation of and assistance with gynaecological operations
  • the prevention and detection of tumours in the female genital area
  • maternal and neonatal assistance programmes.

As members of the health team and in accordance with professional ethics, they are qualified to provide nursing assistance that falls within their competence, identify potentially pathological situations which require medical intervention and carry out, where necessary, urgent relevant measures.

They also contribute to the specification of their own professional profile and that of support staff and directly assist with continuous training and research activities.

Career and Employment

On the strength of the professional skills acquired during the Obstetrics degree programme, graduates are equipped to assume nursing roles in the community and in public and private hospitals, as well as freelance professional roles including the independent administration of home births.

The following independent service areas currently exist in this sphere of work:

  • assistance with all aspects of pregnancy
  • healthcare-related education and information
  • data collection
  • obstetric examinations
  • examination orders
  • execution of certain examinations, diagnostic reports
  • recording of events and resolutions
  • the provision of childbirth support classes, with a special focus on classes that encourage the bond between mother and foetus, self-awareness and parental development
  • assistance with labour and childbirth, according central importance during childbirth to the mother and her emotional state of being, and with full respect for the natural stages and time-frames of labour
  • attending to the health of the new-born baby, with particular attention to the immediate postnatal phases and to encouraging the communicative and nutritional bond between mother and child
  • assistance with normal postpartum; preferably through the provision of continuous assistance to the mother, the obstetrician encourages the bond between mother and child by supporting the breastfeeding process and offering information about the infant's various requirements and the process of reinstating normal relations with partners and family members
  • running postnatal courses, with a special focus on those classes that reinforce the mother's sense of maternal competence, encourage her to feel confident in her relationship with her child, and work on the timely recovery of perineal and abdominal muscle tone
  • healthcare education initiatives, individually and in groups, which encourage a commitment to the prevention, early diagnosis and rehabilitation of tumours and chronic degenerative or involutional conditions in the female genital sphere
  • healthcare organisation activities connected with maternal and neonatal assistance programmes.