Background and Aim: The most important elements of higher education are its curricula, which must have the necessary proportions in terms of goals, tasks and related developments. This major has been launched in Iran since 2014 and needs to be reviewed after 5 years like other fields. This study was conducted to explore the challenges of theoretical and clinical courses in this field.
Methods: This study is a qualitative research on contract content analysis, the data of which were obtained through interviews with faculty members and senior students in counselling in midwifery. Participants consisted of 17 students and 5 ex-students of counselling in midwifery as well as 7 professors in the field. Sample collection continued until data saturation. In this study, focused group discussion and semi-structured individual face-to-face interviews were used. Hsieh and Shannon methods were used to analyze the data.
Results: The challenges obtained from the interviews of students, ex-students and professors were identified in two categories of clinical and theory courses. Participants' experiences from the challenges of theoretical and clinical courses were divided into four categories: "The need to empowering faculty members", " Problems relating to providing educational clinical field", "Integration of counseling with socio-cultural structures", “policy deficiency”, "the need for curriculum updating" and "Standardization and expansion of the field".
Conclusion: The findings of this study showed that there are weaknesses in the education of counseling in midwifery students that need to be addressed. The curriculum does not enough fulfill the educational needs of the learners. There is a need to update the curriculum. It is also necessary to create a cultural platform for sex education for women and students and familiarity with the field of counselling in midwifery in the universities and society.