A father has praised the University of Salford’s midwifery training scheme on supporting bereaved parents.
Chris Binnie, whose son Henry was stillborn, was one of the first parents to become part of the university’s simulation sessions that teach student midwives how to provide effective support for bereaved parents.
The training sessions for midwives are taught by Midwifery Lecturer Anne Leyland, providing traditional teaching methods on how to communicate sensitively to parents whose babies have died.
Writing on his blog, Chris Binnie said: “These Salford students were phenomenal. Student midwives are often kept away from bereavement situations during their placement, for a variety of reasons…
“But this cohort of warrior student midwives blew me away with their skill and compassion as they role-played through an unfolding scenario, taking turns to support ‘parents’ through various stages of the journey from finding out that their baby has died through to making memories following their baby’s birth.”
The technique has also received praise from staff, students and health service colleagues, so much so that the University of Salford is now working with some NHS hospital trusts.
Midwifery Lecturer at the University of Salford, Anne Leyland, said: “This is the most devastating news that any expecting parent can receive, and I devised a technique using simulation to immerse students in realistic settings and enable them to play it out and think very deeply about the right things to say and do in that situation.
“Receiving some positive feedback from Chris was very important to us and we hope that his input will help us prepare our student midwives for having to give somebody the worst news.”
You can read Chris Binnie’s full blog post here.
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