Cindy Farley and students

19. US Midwife Student experience in the COVID-19 pandemic

Speakers: Cindy Farley and Student Panel – Christy Cannon, Charlei Coffey, Lauren Radney, Raven Fulton, and Anna Dykstra

Facilitator: Lorraine Mockford

The Corona virus pandemic has impacted all aspects of society, including the education of midwives. Clinical sites suspended student placements in the early days of the pandemic, significantly altering clinical progression and delaying graduation for many students. In person classes were cancelled and quickly pivoted to remote learning, leading to rapid curricular adjustments by midwifery faculty. Students also faced personal and professional stresses related to COVID-19 changes, such as children attending school at home, self or family members with job or income loss or alterations, and risk of exposure to the virus to self and loved ones. These changes tended to increase anxiety and obligation outside the classroom that influenced time and energy for learning. Nevertheless, midwifery students persisted toward their goals. Students in the midwifery education program at Georgetown University, US, will describe their experiences at home, and in the classroom and clinical as altered by the COVID-19 pandemic.