As an alternative to presenting at the Virtual International Day of the Midwife conference we received a number of posters in several languages. These will available during the conference and throughout the month of May.  Later check the Conference Archives to review these for the foreseeable future.

Some presenters opted to be interviewed about their posters. Click on the podcast recordings found under their names to hear what they have to say. 

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VIDM 2020 Poster Presentations - Midwifery Students

Presenter(s) / AffiliationAbstractPoster / Title
Stephanie Culley, Canterbury Christ Church UniversityPain perception varies from person to person, as is the subjective nature of pain, the cause of pain in labour stems from a physiological origin and therefore this is why pharmaceutical pain management is a widely used, effective strategy during the first stage of labour. This poster explores the use of sterile water injections as an alternative method of pain management in the first stage of labour, acts as an educational tool explaining how to administer this form of pain relief and critically analyses research that current NICE guidelines are based upon. Although the evidence is conflicting, as time passes more and more evidence suggests these injections are statistically significantly effective at reducing pain scores using VAS for women in the first stage of labour (Koyoco et al, 2018., Sexena, 2009), so convincingly that more and more trusts offer these.
Poster: Sterile water injections: An alternative method of pain reduction during the first stage of labour
Sterile water injections: An alternative method of pain reduction during the first stage of labour
Sharon ThomasI wanted to understand in more depth how the 'due date' is calculated and why some women have naturally shorter pregnancies than others. I wanted to examine the impact a due date has on a woman and the healthcare professionals. I believe extensive research should be carried out to estimate due dates with improved accuracy which could reduce the number of term +12 inductions.
Sharon Thomas
Estimating the Date of Delivery
Marie-Clare Balaam, University of Central Lancashire; Dr Carol Kingdon, University of Central Lancashire; and Dr Mel Cooper, University of Bradford
In 2018 over 638,000 people applied for asylum in Europe, half of these were women. Asylum seeking and refugee women frequently experience socioeconomic marginalisation, low levels of social support and poor physical and mental health, often exacerbated in the perinatal period, when women struggle to access optimal maternal healthcare.
There is a lack of evidence on which interventions are most effective in addressing the needs of asylum and refugee women at this time. In order to fill this gap a Critical Interpretive Synthesis was undertaken. Our findings suggest community befriending interventions may be most effective in supporting asylum seeking and refugee women in this period. There is little evidence that asylum seeking and refugee women have been consulted as to what support would be most useful to them. The involvement of asylum seeking and refugee women in the design of future interventions is paramount in ensuring that their needs are met.
Balaam et al
A review of perinatal social support interventions for asylum seeking and refugee women resident in Europe
Hannah Slack, Beatrice Bennett, Gemma Poole, Sophie Harton, Anna Walmsley and Kimberley Robertson; University of NottinghamThis was funded by a University of Nottingham Cascade grant. The primary aim of the project was for midwifery students to acquire first-hand experience of the research process by working in team with established researchers.The learning objectives were
Understanding research, legal and ethical principles and how these are applied to midwifery practice.
Understanding research timeframe.
Developing project management skills applicable for midwifery and research.
The students were involved in a number of educational and research fieldwork activities including focus group topic guide development, data collection, data analysis, publication writing, poster and conference presentations, and seminars on research activities. Six midwifery students were selected to be involved as co-researchers in two research studies. Spontaneous Rupture of Membranes and use of reagent pads: midwives’ experiences and perspectives Student midwives’ views and experiences of birth on mainstream factual television.
Slack et al
Introducing midwifery students to the world of research
Hannah Slack and Beatrice Bennett, University of NottinghamChildbirth is a popular topic for mainstream factual television. Reality TV shows, like One Born Every Minute and Delivering Babies, attract large audiences but it is unclear how they might influence students’ decisions to study midwifery. To investigate student midwives’ experiences of viewing childbirth on mainstream factual television and to explore implications for career intentions and potential pedagogical uses of television excerpts in midwifery education.A dual-centred study in two Universities in the East Midlands and East Yorkshire. Twenty-two student midwives took place in focus groups between February and June 2019.Methods:A qualitative design was considered the most appropriate approach to gain an understanding of beliefs, experiences and views of individuals. Following Ethics Committee approval, data collection comprised of audio-recorded focus groups with student midwives. Semi-structured topic guides were designed drawing on existing literature. The data was professionally transcribed and anonymised, then analysed using thematic analysis.
Poster: Student midwives' views and experiences of birth on mainstream factual television
Student midwives' views and experiences of birth on mainstream factual television
Erica Lotte and Emily Stallings, Ohio State University

As part of a midwifery cultural exchange between the Ohio State University and the University of Chester operating on the Bailiwick of Jersey, two American graduate nursing students traveled to Jersey in March 2020. A primary purpose of the exchange is to observe and examine differences in midwifery scope and practice in differing environments.While Jersey is not part of the UK or its health system, it is a British Crown dependency and uses guidelines from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) to guide practice. A substantial practice difference recommendation between RCOG and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) noted was that of screening and treatment guidelines related to maternal colonization of group B streptococcus in the prevention of GBS early-onset disease (GBS EOD) in neonates.
A Comparison of the Prevention of Early-Onset Group B Streptococcal Disease in Neonates
A Comparison of the Prevention of Early-Onset Group B Streptococcal Disease in Neonates
Claire Espray and Ciara CurranI designed this poster as part of my ongoing midwifery study at university in 2018. I chose the topic of management in preterm prelabour of membranes (Pprom) as I experienced this myself in 2012. I spent 11 weeks managing Pprom which occurred in my pregnancy at 17 weeks, unfortunately my baby Louise was stillborn at just over 28 weeks due to cord prolapse. Throughout this journey I was supported by Ciara Curran of Little Heartbeats in the UK, who is working tirelessly to raise awareness, improve Pprom care and support mother's all over the world through their Pprom journey. I had the pleasure of volunteering for Little Heartbeats from Australia and this, along with my own experience is what inspired me to choose Pprom management as the focus of my poster
Preterm Prelabour Rupture of Membranes (Pprom) and Home Management
Ana María Murillo Zaldívar, Residente Matrona 1ºañoPhysical exercise is one of the habits considered healthy during pregnancy, and therefore all scientific organizations and societies recommend practicing it throughout life but also in pregnancy. Regarding food during pregnancy, the Clinical Practice Guide of the Ministry of Health recommends following a balanced and varied diet such as the Mediterranean diet, incorporating different micronutrients which are insufficient in the diet.
Poster: Beneficios del Parto Lotus en usuarias atendidas en la unidad de parteria alameda de Chilpancingo, 2019 (Spanish)
Beneficios del Parto Lotus en usuarias atendidas en la unidad de parteria alameda de Chilpancingo, 2019 (Spanish)