Mei-Yuan (Wang) Lin is the Chief of the Division of Nursing and Midwifery at the Bureau of Public Health in the Republic of China. She is also a lecturer at the School of Nursing at Taipei Medical College. She received her nursing education at the National Taipei College of Nursing and her midwifery training at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, Australia. She also received an MPH from Johns Hopkins University.
WILL THE ROLE OF THE MIDWIFE DISAPPEAR FROM TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA?
Article first published online: 28 JAN 2011
1987 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 32, Issue 1, pages 48–51, January-February 1987
How to Cite
Lin, M.-Y. (1987), WILL THE ROLE OF THE MIDWIFE DISAPPEAR FROM TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA?. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 32: 48–51. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(87)90056-5
- Issue published online: 28 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 28 JAN 2011
The profession of midwifery in Taiwan was an attractive job 30 years ago. In those days, midwives attended five times more deliveries than obstetricians. Formal midwifery training began in 1907. Midwifery education improved between 1936 and 1944, and became standardized under the Ministry of Education in 1945. At that time, qualified midwives at last won the respect and appreciation of their communities. Today, the profession of midwifery is declining in Taiwan. Modernization of the country, the development of medical insurance, and the transformation of attitudes towards hospital delivery have all contributed to the decline of midwifery. Midwives should be aware of the crisis in their disappearing profession. Many measures can be taken to restore the career. Rebuilding the profession will be a great challenge for Taiwan's midwives in the coming years.