Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Midwifery education modules

Education material for teachers of midwifery


World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: Six modules, 140-230 p. each
Publication date: 2008
Languages: English, Portuguese
ISBN: 9241546662 (printed); 9241547062 (CD-ROM)



The six modules aim to help skilled practitioners think critically and make effective decisions on the basis of solid knowledge and understanding of these complications. When using the modules for basic midwifery programmes, it is understood that students should already be competent in most of the basic skills such as measuring blood pressure, performing a vaginal examination, conducting a normal delivery and prevention of infection.

The modules were released in 1996 and have now been updated in line with recent evidence and the WHO clinical guidelines. Each module can be taught independently of the other modules. It is however advisable to work through all of them.