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Invited Speaker: Anna Byrom
Facilitator: Jane Houston
In this presentation, Anna will share insights in to supporting and sustaining relational Midwifery Continuity of Carer by centring learning around individual childbearing women, people and their families. The session will discuss the new NMC Standards of Proficiency for Midwifery (2019) and will offer examples from education and practice. Consideration of the research aims, objectives and plans will be communicated with some guidance for developing toolkits for wider roll out and dissemination. This session will be useful for midwifery educators, students, midwives, managers, leaders and other researchers.
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.