|(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
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.