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Minerva Medicolegale 2006 December;126(4):365-82

language: Italian

Professional responsability in obstetrics in Italy and in the Democratic Republic of Congo: a comparative analysis

Milano M. M. 1, Mukendi K. M. N. 2

1 Scuola di Specializzazione in Medicina Legale Dipartimento di Anatomia Farmacologia e Medicina Legale Università degli Studi di Torino, Torino
2 Corso di Laurea in Ostetricia Facoltà di Medicina e Chirurgia Università degli Studi di Torino, Torino


The midwife is a health worker whose role is to plan, organise, manage and allocate assistance within the gynaecological, obstetrical and new-born sphere, with the utmost autonomy and responsability. The legislative and educational changes that have recently occurred have led us to analyze the competencies and responsabilities within 2 economically, culturally and socially different realities, namely Italy and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Trough the analysis of the legislations, the educational curricula and the organisations that manage the profession in the 2 countries, it has emerged that, despite the organisational and educational differences, midwives in both countries work towards the same goals. They, in fact, work with the utmost professionalism and are accountable of one’s own competencies, in order to establish a group of professionals with the same purposes, principles, methods, educational background and information.

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