Midwifery in Iran

  • Esbati AnahitaEmail author
  • Salehi-Rad Ameneh


This chapter explains about midwifery in Iran. Details are related to the background and definition of midwifery in Iran, the legislation related to regulation of midwifery, the regulation related to initial and ongoing registration, a brief outline of the education leading to the registration as a midwife, the transition of new midwives after registration, and a reflective experience written by a new midwife in their first year of practice. The first section of this chapter is an overview of midwifery background and the significant decline in maternity mortality rate in Iran due to governmental efforts in expanding preventative health facilities across the country. The main focus of the second section is on the legislation, regulation, and essential education related to midwifery in Iran. The third section is related to an experience written by a new midwife regarding all the challenges, barriers, and supports experienced by her during her work at a health-care clinic in Tehran (capital of Iran).


Regulation Legislation Scope Practice Iran Islamic Republic of Iran 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Paramedics, University of the Sunshine CoastSippy DownsAustralia
  2. 2.Center of Health Promotion and Discipline Leader for Public Health (North of Tehran), Shahid Beheshti University of Medical SciencesTehranIran

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