State diploma in midwifery

Domain: Sciences, technologies and health in tropical environments

Course: Not applicable

ECTS credits

DFGSMa: 180 and DFASMa/ State diploma in midwifery: 120

level of studies
at the end of training

Baccalaureate + 3 to obtain the General Training Diploma in Midwifery Sciences (DFGSMa), Baccalaureate + 5 to obtain the Advanced Training Diploma in Midwifery Sciences (DFASMa) corresponding to the State Midwifery Diploma

Teaching locations

Saint-Denis – Bellepierre site
Saint-Pierre – Terre-Sainte campus

Type of training : Master

Training regime: Initial formation

Training summary

The training is organized in schools and health establishments. It is shared with certain lessons from the first cycle of Medicine training.

Training aims

The training objectives are governed by ministerial decrees.
The amended decree of July 19, 2011 stipulates the following objectives:

  • The acquisition of a base of scientific knowledge essential to the subsequent mastery of the knowledge and know-how necessary for the practice of the midwifery profession. This scientific base includes biology, certain aspects of the exact sciences, several disciplines of the human and social sciences, essential for the progressive appropriation of the skills necessary for the exercise of medical professions.

  • The fundamental approach to the human being with a view to maintaining health and caring for the sick, through the acquisition of knowledge in public health, clinical and paraclinical semiologies.

  • The acquisition of fundamental knowledge of pathophysiology and pharmacology allowing the student to obtain an integrated vision of the normal and pathological functioning of the devices and systems of the human body.

The theoretical contribution is supplemented by clinical reasoning and practical learning activities in a clinical environment, allowing the student to build the caring relationship and its reflexivity.

The decree of March 11, 2013 stipulates the following objectives:

  • The acquisition of scientific knowledge essential to mastering the knowledge and know-how necessary for the exercise of the midwifery profession, complementing and deepening that acquired during the previous cycle
    This knowledge base includes fundamental and biomedical sciences, human and social sciences, public health and all the disciplines necessary for the practice of midwifery, as defined in article L. 4151-1 of the code of public health

  • Acquisition of practical knowledge and skills during clinical training and internships

  • Training in the scientific approach

  • Learning to work in a multi-professional team and acquiring the communication techniques essential to professional practice

  • Awareness of continuing professional development including the evaluation of professional practices and the continued deepening of knowledge.

Advantages of the training

The training preparing for the state diploma in midwifery is training with a medical, professionalizing and constant evolution aim, which allows its holder immediate practice in a hospital, liberal or territorial environment.   
The midwifery school of Reunion Island is the only ÉEuropean cole in the Indian Ocean.
From the second cycle corresponding to the 4th year (DFASMa1) the student has the status of hospital student in midwifery. Students therefore receive monthly remuneration after service in the same way as 4th year medical students.
The skills acquired during the five years of training allow a multi-professional exercise.

Targeted skills

A common core allowing the acquisition of skills and knowledge for 

  • communicate

  • detect and prevent

  • make a diagnosis

  • design a therapeutic proposal

  • provide and coordinate appropriate care

  • ensure first aid procedures

  • understand public health objectives

  • apply legal and professional rules and ethical principles in relation to future professional practice

  • work as a team around the patient

  • base your professional practice on scientific foundations

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Summary of lessons by course

The training is organized in schools and health establishments. It is shared with certain lessons from the first cycle of Medicine training.
The content of the training based on the competency-based approach prepares students for the following actions:

  • Pregnancy monitoring

  • Childbirth management

  • Preparing for parenthood

  • Psychology

  • Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Gynecological monitoring and contraception

  • Professional legislation

  • Public health


It is an integrative work-study training course (part-time teaching, part-time internship) in the different maternity wards (in France or abroad).

Specific devices

Individualized monitoring of each student: this monitoring makes it possible to readjust the internship sites, thus monitoring the student's educational progress.

Conditions of access to training

Students can enroll in the second year of midwifery: 

1. Baccalaureate holders

2. Admitted at the end of the classification tests of the first/second group of the Specific Health Access Pathways (PASS) or (Health Access License) LAS

3. Admitted by the Passerelle direct admission device.

Continuing Studies

The state diploma in midwifery is recognized at the rank of Master.

Students have the opportunity to continue their training in the field of research and particularly in perinatal care to obtain the title of doctor.

À This outcome, the holder of the doctorate now has the possibility of applying for qualification for the positions of Lecturer (MCF) or University Professor if the candidate holds an Accreditation to Direct Research (HDR )

Career opportunities

The diploma ofÉmidwifery status offers the possibility of immediate professional practice in an establishment or in a private or outpatient setting

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