Advanced midwifery history and philosophy

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The aim of the teaching is to acquire the advanced, epistemological, clinical, methodological and evidence based midwifery capacity of:
- knowledge analysis and development in the midwifery discipline;
- identification and application models for the evaluation of midwifery theories to critically analyze them and define their potential for changing professional practice,
- analysis and evaluation clinical assistance methodology and identify evidence based results in responding to the needs of the assisted person;
- analysis and historical reconstruction of the evolution of midwifery care thinking in different periods and in different cultures.
Expected learning outcomes
The student will critically analyze the historical and disciplinary evolution of midwifery care in different periods and in different cultures, in order to guide the exercise of the advanced functions of the profession.
He will critically reflect on the methodology of clinical reasoning and its potential in making multidisciplinary decisions, in relation to complex health problems.
He will critically evaluate the disciplinary theories through appropriate assessment models for the intra and interprofessional definition of the potential changes in the practice.
It will critically assess health care choices, safeguarding the health of patients by developing evidence based perspectives for improvement
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Course syllabus
Historical evolution of the figure of the midwife:
-internal and external history
-the changes in the meaning of being born and generating
-the historical role of women
-myths, civilization and Christianity
-write to form?
-the evolution of knowledge, the age of instruments and modern obstetrics...
-ausiliarity, autonomy, responsibility, professional identity
-the profession between organization, regulation and training
-the European dimension of the obstetrics profession
-the physiology in obstetrics and contemporary obstetric care: recovery
institutional BRO
-the needs of midwifery care between technological development, quality of life, rights and
ethical complexity
midwifery care needs between technological development, quality of life, rights and
ethical complexity
Definition of profession in sociological literature
Midwifery: phenomena, concepts, theories, paradigms, methods, tools, midwifery
Disciplinary language and EBO
Midwifery theories: representations of reality, philosophical choices and relapses in the care practice, research and professional practice
Theories of midwifery care: development of skills and role of the
Prerequisites for admission
There are no prerequisites except for the admission test.
Teaching methods
Frontal lesson
Exercise in the analysis of historical documents
Exercise in the application of historical research methodology
Interactive lectures, discussion of cases in the classroom, individual in-depth work with the production of a paper
Teaching Resources
Chabod F., Lezioni di metodo storico. Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2004
Manzoni E., Lusignani M., Mazzoleni B., Storia e filosofia dell'assistenza infermieristica, CEA, Mi, 2019
Manzoni E., le radici e le foglie, CEA, 2016
Meleis A.I., Theoretical Nursing. Development and Progress, Wolters Kluwer, 2017
Fawcett J. Contemporary nursing knowledge: Analysis and Evaluation of Nursing Models and Theories. (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company, 2005
Corvi R. La teoria della conoscenza nel Novecento. Torino: Utet Università.2007
Friedman M. Dinamiche della ragione. Le rivoluzioni scientifiche e il problema della razionalità. Milano: Guerrini e Associati. 2006
AA.VV. Le culture del parto Feltrinelli, Milano 1985
AA.VV. La donna-che-genera. Percorsi di riflessione e ricerca sul nascere Edizioni Quinta di copertina, Genova 2017
Coppola E. La professione di ostetrica Federazione Nazionale dei Collegi delle
ostetriche, Roma 1997
Filippini NM Generare, partorire, nascere Viella, Roma 2017
Forlleo R, Forleo P. Fondamenti di storia della Ostetricia e Ginecologia Verduci Editore, Roma 2009
Guana M. La disciplina ostetrica - Teoria, pratica e organizzazione della professione McGraw_Hill, Milano 2006
Guilliland K, Pairman S. The Midwifery Partnership. Un modello per la professione ostetrica SEU, 2012
Manzoni E. Storia e filosofia dell'assistenza infermieristica Masson, 2005
Pancino C. Il bambino e l'acqua sporca Franco Angeli Editore, Milano 1984
Assessment methods and Criteria
Written test with multiple-choice questions with only one correct answer or with open questions to be passed for access to the oral examination . Oral examination. Final evaluation in thirtieth grade
MED/47 - MIDWIFERY - University credits: 4005
Lessons: 72 hours