A growing number of families are turning to midwives for their maternity care in Indonesia. Most people know that midwives are growing in popularity and are related to delivering babies, but this profession is still largely misunderstood by the public. Midwifery practice in Indonesia emphasises the wellness of women, their pregnancy, and their individual reproduction needs.
Starting from February 13, 2019, Midwifery Law has been made effective by the House of Representatives in Indonesia. This law aims to acknowledge the midwifery profession, and to provide legal protection to midwives and women who use these professional services.
In general, Law No. 4 of 2019 on Midwifery addresses the following areas:
This article provides only the most important information that will be useful as your guidance.
Midwifery education is classified into three types of courses under the Midwifery Law. These courses must be carried out by universities based on the National Standards for Midwifery Education:
This education shall be organised through Bachelor’s programs, Master’s programs and Doctoral programs.
It refers to diploma tiga program, also known as D3 associate degree.
This professional education consists of advanced programs which are also a part of bachelor’s programs. Therefore, midwives must still take bachelor’s courses for professional education even when they have passed the vocational education.
For midwifery vocational education and professional education, students must pass a national competency test first as a prerequisite to pass their relevant educational programs. Upon passing the test, vocational education students get certificates of competence, while professional education students get professional certificates.
In order to be eligible as a midwife, Registration Certificate (Surat Tanda Registrasi or STR) and Midwifery Practice License Certificate (Surat Izin Praktik Bidan or SIPB) must be secured. These two licenses allow midwifery practices in Indonesia.
All qualified midwives can practice midwifery at independent premises or governmental health facilities in Indonesia. The health services allowed for midwifery practices are –
The rights and obligations of midwifery in Indonesia are set out in accordance with the Midwifery Law:
Midwives from foreign countries must have the following documents to practice midwifery through the Indonesian Health Facilities:
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