Midwifery - your questions answered! video transcript

Hello, my name is Debbie Watkinson, I'm a registered midwife and a senior lecturer at the University of Derby.
So the beauty of this course, is it reflects the art and the science of midwifery. So students will not only learn the scientific side of pregnancy and childbirth but also will learn about the holistic nature of caring for women and their families and their babies during pregnancy and childbirth.
So student midwives, during the programme, will do a variety of different placements. They'll work in acute hospital trusts on labour wards, antenatal/postnatal wards and in the clinic settings, they will also work out in communities with community teams, caring for women and their families in their homes, case loading throughout the woman's pregnancy.
So the facilities on the midwifery course at the University of Derby are outstanding. They replicate what student midwives will see out in practice, so we have replica wards with equipment such as birthing pools, birthing beds, and other specialised equipment that students will see out in practice. The maternity simulation maniquins that we have at Derby, will simulate normal and complicated childbirth, all aspects of it. They're state-of-the-art and will assist student midwives to practice safety, with things they might not always see in practice.
So throughout the programme, student midwives will learn and develop new skills and those skills will be built on as they progress through the programme. So starting off with uncomplicated midwifery, moving onto more complex, complicated midwifery cases.
So there is value-added initiatives to the midwifery programme whereby newly qualified midwives will come out of the programme with the New Born Infant Physical Examination qualification and will have an awareness of complementary therapies.
So students will be taught by experienced lecturing staff who are qualified midwives. There may be contributions from other members of the nursing teams within the programme, and experts by experience may also be used to contribute towards the teaching experience of student midwives.
So the programme is designed for anyone who is interested in becoming a registered midwife. Caring for women and their families during the pregnancy, childbirth and early postnatal period. Midwifery is an amazing and rewarding career where newly qualified midwives can work in a variety of settings; hospital settings, clinics, labour wards, in community. There is also opportunity for newly qualified midwives to specialist in things like safeguarding, substance misuse and breastfeeding support.

Midwifery - your questions answered! video

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