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Women's views of student midwives' involvement in maternity care

Finnerty, G, Magnusson, C and Pope, R (2007) Women's views of student midwives' involvement in maternity care Evidence Based Midwifery, 5 (4). pp. 137-142.

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Abstract

Background. Despite a focus on user involvement in healthcare services and education in the UK, there is little evidence of women's views of education in midwifery practice. Aim. To identify women's perceptions of clinical teaching and learning in midwifery practice, in order to inform the midwifery curriculum. Method. Qualitative structured telephone interviews were conducted with 18 women who had been involved in a larger study that had used non-participant observation visits in hospital and community environments, 12 of whom were primiparae Thematic content analysis of the data was undertaken, based on a framework used in the larger study. Findings. Women described both physical and emotional support as being offered by student midwives. Some talked about student midwives' tentativeness and reduced confidence levels during episodes of care, but most expressed appreciation for the students' presence. Conclusions. More innovative ways to involve service users in the midwifery curriculum are needed, alongside research to evaluate them. More careful consideration needs to be given for student midwives' involvement in maternity care, with better preparation for both students and women. © 2007 The Royal College of Midwives.

Item Type: Article
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Finnerty, GUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Magnusson, Cc.magnusson@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Pope, RUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 December 2007
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 09:45
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 14:44
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/824965

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