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Keeping midwifery separate from nursing.

In the United Kingdom, midwives showed their desire to re-establish midwifery as a profession separate from nursing. At their 1990 annual conference, the midwives voted to establish a campaign for a new midwives' act and a statutory body for midwives separate from nursing. They will begin discussions with other midwifery organizations and relevant consumer groups to mobilize for the campaign.

Non-nurse midwives are currently trained in seven centers in the U.K., up from only one two years ago. All the courses are three-year programs except for the Oxford degree course which is for four years.

--Sources: BIRTH 18:1 March 1991, p. 56 and Midwifery Matters, No. 49, Summer 1991.
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Date:Sep 22, 1991
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