Course Purpose & Overview: MDWF 1050 Midwife’s Assistant Orientation helps student midwives prepare to become efficient, trustworthy and competent
assistants. This course is designed to give the student an understanding of the requirements and duties of a midwife’s assistant. After
having completed this course, students will be prepared with the theoretical background necessary for their clinical practicum.
MDWF 1050 is designed to prepare students for finding and maintaining a successful clinical apprenticeship. This course incorporates
the preparations needed for students who are planning to attend a clinical site or become a midwife’s assistant as either an
apprentice or a second attendant. (Second attendant is a term specifically used in Canada to identify a primary midwife’s assistant.) In
some clinical settings, you may be referred to as a midwifery student or an apprentice midwife. The term “Midwife’s Assistant” is
used for generic purposes and includes all these different models of training. A student midwife needs to be prepared to assist during
prenatal care, antepartum care, postpartum and newborn care in order to complete the clinical requirements necessary for
graduation, whether she chooses a local clinical site or one in another country, state or province.