Becoming a practical partner

Information on the practical study phases, practical guidance and cooperation opportunities

In addition to theoretical and practical instruction, academic midwifery training should also place a clear emphasis on clinical midwifery. A minimum of 2,200 hours in the hospital or at non-clinical locations are planned for this purpose. Students should thus become familiar with the entire spectrum of midwifery work and be introduced step by step to independent midwifery work. In the process, they will be sensitised by qualified midwives (practice guidance) to the tasks that arise in the midwifery profession and will be accompanied in their learning process.

Students will spend a large part of their studies in the hospitals (responsible practice facilities) with which they have concluded a contract for academic midwifery training (student contract) at the beginning of their studies. At least 480 hours will be completed in out-of-hospital settings with freelance midwives or in outpatient midwife-managed facilities.

The goal of the practical assignments is to introduce students to the independent and evidence-based promotion of physiological processes during pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and lactation. They should also be enabled to recognize irregularities in the woman and the child at an early stage and to initiate appropriate measures. The students should also be introduced to the advantages of interdisciplinary work, which ensures continuous and comprehensive care for the clients. In order to meet these requirements and to ensure the best possible theory-practice transfer, all of our practice partners receive an overview of the practice curriculum as well as regular internal training for the practice instructors.

The legislator stipulates that students are guided by a trained specialist during their practical placement to the extent of 25% (or 15% until 31.12.2024) of the total number of hours to be completed. In a team of several midwives, it is therefore not necessary for each of them to have the qualification for practical guidance. Students are thus also accompanied intra- and interdisciplinarily and can gradually carry out activities independently.

Have we aroused your interest?

Do you work in a clinic, a birth centre or as a freelance midwife and would like to support midwives-to-be on their way into professional life? In the following, you will find out the requirements and qualifications necessary for practical guidance.

Requirements: practical instructor

The prerequisites to become a practical instructor in the Midwifery Science programme are as follows:

  • Professional midwifery license
  • Min. 2 years of professional experience
  • Additional professional pedagogical qualification, e.g. through further training as a practice supervisor (scope min. 300hrs)
  • Continuous professional pedagogical training (min. 24 hours per year)

You do not yet have an additional vocational pedagogical qualification and would like to continue your education?

HFU offers further training to become a practice supervisor in midwifery in cooperation with the Academy for Health and Social Professions of the Schwarzwald-Baar-Klinikum.

Continuing education: Practice supervisors in midwifery

  • Next date: TBA
  • Costs: approx. €1800
  • Location: Donaueschingen Clinics, Sonnhaldenstr. 2, 78166 Donaueschingen, Germany
  • Contact: Cora Worms, phone: 07721-93-1742, email: cora.worms(at)

Further information can be found here: Download file:Qualification as a practical Instructor of Midwifery flyer

You already have experience in guiding midwives-to-be?

For midwives who have already worked as practice guides until 31.12.2019, the legislator has established a transitional regulation. Does this apply to you? Then have your activity as a practice guide confirmed (e.g. by a midwifery school for which you worked) and provide proof of this to the responsible authority. The Freiburg Regional Council is responsible for the midwifery program at HFU. This means that you can continue to work as a practice guide even without an additional qualification.

Cooperation opportunities

Practice partner for out-of-hospital applications
Becoming a practical partner (I27745-1)
Practical application in the out-of-hospital setting

Introduce students to freelance midwifery!

Out-of-hospital assignments are only possible with freelance midwives or in outpatient midwife-led facilities that meet the quality requirements regulated in the contract according to § 134a paragraph 1 of the Fifth Book of the Social Code.

For accompanying one or more of our students you will be remunerated with €6,600 per assignment (480hrs) and student. In addition, you can also recoup any costs that may be incurred for further training as a practical supervisor. To do this, you can sign a cooperation agreement with one of our practice institutions responsible or join the university's practice partner network.

If you are interested in a cooperation in our study programme, please contact one of our practice institutions responsible. They will give you information about the possibilities of financial support and contractual matters. A list with the respective contact persons can be found here:

Overview: Download file:Contact persons in practice facilities responsible (out-of-hospital assignments)

Practice partner as responsible practice institution

A responsible practice institution can only be a hospital that is licensed to provide care in accordance with Section 108 of the Fifth Book of the German Social Code.

As a responsible practice institution, you assume responsibility for the implementation of the professional practice part with respect to one or more students with whom you have concluded a contract for academic midwifery training at the beginning of the study programme. In doing so, you will actively participate in the HFU application process by conducting interviews and personally selecting suitable candidates for your institution. This allows students to develop a strong identity with "their" house.

Your responsibilities will also include coordinating clinical assignments at the various sites in your house (delivery room, maternity ward, gynecology, neonatology). You don't have a neonatology department in your hospital? No problem. Exchange of students is possible to fulfill the study goal through the network of hospitals within the study programme. In addition, as the responsible practice institution, you will enter into cooperations with freelance midwives in order to be able to organise the obligatory out-of-hospital practice assignments for your students.

As a responsible practice institution, you will be reimbursed for the additional costs of academic midwifery training via the KHG (§13a).

If you are interested in a cooperation in our study programme, please contact the HFU contact persons listed below.

Contact details

Are you unsure whether you or your institution can be considered as a practice partner? Do you have some questions about practical training or your qualification? Then please feel free to get in touch with us.