Saturday, July 16, 2011

midwives in the making

(c) Picture used with permission

Yesterday I had the privilege of presenting a 1.5 hour talk on private midwifery practice to the midwifery students at Deakin University in Burwood. I love having the opportunity to inspire the next generation of midwives.

I know some visitors to this blog are studying midwifery, in many countries. In today's post I want to give you an outline of my presentation, and links to some of the key documents.

The parts of the presentation were:
  • Overview and introduction: developing a strong 'midwife identity'
  • Private midwifery practice, changes in legislation with Medicare rebates and other changes for eligible midwives. Go to Midwives Australia for more information and links
  • Planning for birth: philosophy of birth based on the statement that "In normal birth there should be a valid reason to interfere with the natural process" (WHO 1996); decision-making concepts of 'Plan A' and 'Plan B', birth preparation meeting handout
  • DVD of a beautiful home/water birth [One picture used here with permission - the visual image is sooo powerful!]
  • Highlighting aspects of midwifery practice that can apply only when the whole labour progresses under natural hormonal, unmedicated processes: physiological third stage, and baby's transition from the womb
  • Questions

Please follow these links if you are interested in the topics mentioned. I intend to prepare a post on 'Planning for birth' at my private midwifery blog - will do that as soon as I can.

For the record, my relationship with the Deakin University School of Nursing and Midwifery is that I am employed as a casual lecturer, and as a tutor and marker for some of the midwifery Professional Development Unit Learning Packages. Several years ago I prepared one of the Learning Packages on the midwife in the community (PDU 323) and more recently I have written a Learning Package on Caseload and Homebirth midwifery, which is being processed in preparation for release.


Cath said...

Those in attendance at Deakin University are very fortunate indeed.

Many years ago I was ask why I wanted to be a midwife, surely it would be better to be an OB/GYN physician I was told by many. At the time becoming a midwife was only a dream as I was busy raising a young family. Now that I am a midwife many years later my response is the still the same; for me there is no greater honor than having the privilege of catching a new life and welcoming that babe into the world and watching babe and mother build a unique bond. Then caring for the mom through her life cycle and maybe if I’m fortunate enough, live long enough to provide care for the next generation. For me, it is a calling not a job.
The photo above is incredibly powerful. After a birth a woman's face tells a story of strength, wisdom and power. Each face tells a different story each one I feel very fortunate to be part of.

Thank you for sharing your wisdom and your experiences. I look forward to each post.

Katrina said...

I was one of the Deakin students that you lectured the other day Joy and i can tell you it was an absolute inspiration. I had been awake for 40 hours straight the days before due to overseas travel and was considering not coming to uni on Friday. Well I am just so glad I did!
My only experience in birthing so far has been in a "high risk"tertiary hospital and it is easy to forget that not all women need intervention during their labour. Your lecture reminded me of why I really want to become a midwife. So thank you Joy. I look forward to meeting you soon.