15. Making discoveries through research: midwifery student’s perceptions of their role when caring for pregnant women who misuse substances: neonatal simulators as creative pedagogy.

Luisa and Humaira

Speaker(s): Luisa Cescutti-Butler and Humaira Hussain

Facilitator(s): Carol Maringa

Description: Background: There is minimal research involving undergraduate midwifery students interacting with neonatal simulators as creative pedagogy.
Objectives: Midwifery students to interact with Foetal Alcohol and Drug Affected neonate simulators as a means of co-constructing knowledge around the effects of substance misuse during pregnancy and postnatally.
Design: Qualitative
Study setting and participants: Level 4 student midwives from a UK University in the South West of England.
Methods: A taught session on protecting the unborn environment; interaction with the neonatal simulators; planned activities
Results: Three broad themes: Kinaesthetic Learning, In Their Shoes and Midwifery Role in Educating Others.
Conclusions: Students as researchers emphasised the importance of interacting with the simulators as creative pedagogy as a method for enhancing their knowledge and as a means of building new knowledge. This research has helped bridge the disconnect between teaching, research and practice as students were able to reflect on their future roles as midwives.

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