Final-year student midwives at De Montfort University boosted their confidence and skills during their final case-holding placement.
During their case-holding placements, midwifery students provided continuity of care for up to 10 pregnant women, and remained on-call when they were due to go into labour, with little supervision.
Case-holding placements offer student midwives the opportunity to follow women throughout their pregnancy and childbirth journey. As part of the placement, student midwives are required to assist women with their birth plan, provide antenatal and postnatal care, as well as supporting them during labour.
The placement provided the students with real midwifery scenarios that they would encounter when they become practising midwives.
“It is a good way to transition from student to newly qualified midwife. I was quite apprehensive to start but it has been really rewarding,” De Montfort University Student Midwife, Sarah, said.
She also commented on the developments of providing continuity of care to women, which is something UK midwifery is striving to achieve.
“In the UK, continuity of care is something we strive for but don’t always achieve, so we see the process through and build a relationship with the woman and her family.
“One of the women I cared for had had a traumatic first experience and we talked about how to make sure this was the birth she wanted. When she was in pain and not thinking straight, I had an idea of her wishes so became more of an advocate for her,” Sarah said.
Sarah and her cohort will be graduating from De Montfort University this September, following the completion of their placements at the birth centre and on the maternity ward at Leicester Royal Infirmary.
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Source: De Montfort University