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The Collaboration for Maternal and Newborn Health: interprofessional maternity care education for medical, midwifery, and nursing students

Lee Saxell, Susan Harris, Lehe Elarar
Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health 2009, 54 (4): 314-20
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The Collaboration for Maternal and Newborn Health, a multidisciplinary group of maternity care providers from the University of British Columbia (UBC), received funding from Health Canada to develop interprofessional education programs for health care students. Medical, midwifery, and nursing students from UBC were invited to participate in the three programs described in this article. The Interprofessional Student Doula Support Program, a year-long program for 15 students, combines classroom learning about marginalized women with on-call doula support to attend births. The Interprofessional Normal Labour and Birth Workshop is a 5-hour event, comprised of lectures and hands-on stations about normal labour, birth, and the immediate postpartum period. The Maternity Care Club Hands-on Night occurs twice a year, and students gather to practice at maternity care stations in a casual setting. A total of 467 participants over 3 years completed evaluations of their experiences. Students rate these programs very highly in terms of benefits of multidisciplinary collaboration. Providing students with opportunities to engage with other health care disciplines enhances interest in the professions of maternity care and the benefits of collaboration.

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