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Completed Projects 2011
Completed Projects 2010
Completed Projects 2009
Completed Projects 2008
Midwifery Standards Review 2010
What I am doing now
Life has changed significantly for me since
my last Review
. I am no longer a midwifery lecturer - I now work 0.7 at the
Education Development Centre at Otago Polytechnic
on a short term contract that ends in December 2009. After much deliberation over the last three years, I have decided to move away from clinical midwifery and focus on education in a more general sense in the tertiary sector.
Are you a fearful midwife?
End of a decade
However, I maintain my interest in midwifery and health, especially post-registration professional development and life-long learning, and continue to integrate that into my new role eg the development and facilitation of the
Virtual International Day of the Midwife
. Having said that, I do want to maintain my APC because it gives me more options should I find myself unemployed at the end of the year, and it also allows me to work as a midwifery consultant in Australia. So
the challenge for me is how to stay competent
until such a time as I give up my APC for good.
Over the last three years (and since my last Review) my clinical practice has consisted of six LMC (total midwifery care) cases (2006) and one month as a locum midwife in Lumsden Midwifery Unit in July/August 2009. I believe
I can stay competent
by doing a small amount of locum work every year or two.
How to keep my hand in
- thinking about how I can stay competent
The other way I am staying competent is through my research and academic work. For example, last year I was lead midwifery educator in the
Second Life Education New Zealand Project
. This involved thinking, researching and talking to midwives and families about birth environment, developing a normal birth scenario and working with students as they role played a 'virtual birth'.
The virtual birthing unit
- lesson plans, resources, research and support material
Details of the development work that I carried:
Being a midwifery locum
My reflections on my work as a locum -
Being a midwife again
Are we making breast feeding too complicated?
Being a locum midwife
- reflections and strategies for next time
Feedback from women
New Zealand College of Midwives' Standards of Practice
Standard 1 - Working in partnership
Standard 2 - Informed choice and consent
Standard 3 - Collating information
Standard 4 - Documentation
Standard 5 - Planning midwifery care
Standard 6 - Midwifery actions
Standard 7 - Accountability
Standard 8 - Evaluation
Standard 9 - Completion of midwifery partnership
Standard 10 - Sharing midwifery knowledge
Information resources that I use with women
Professional development plan
Evidence of Review Completion
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