BU staff and students showcase two innovative projects at the Maternity, Midwifery & Baby Conference held in London last week.
Chiropractic and midwifery newborn clinic
The first focused on a joint chiropractic and midwifery newborn clinic and was presented by Dr Sue Way and second year midwifery student Sian Ridden.
The chiropractic and midwifery newborn clinic has number of aims:
- To optimise women’s opportunities to breastfeed successfully by providing chiropractic care for babies and breastfeeding support and advice to mothers. Preliminary breastfeeding results from the clinic are promising.
- To enhance student (undergraduate midwifery students & chiropractic students) learning opportunities
- To provide networking and collaborative opportunities for students and staff in relation to research and dissemination of findings around these particular topics.
Sian described how attending the clinics provided her with a great learning experience and it was empowering that she was able to provide breastfeeding support under the guidance of the experts in the respective fields (Alison Taylor and Dr Joyce Miller).
Incorporating newborn infant physical examination (NIPE) competencies into the pre-registration midwifery programme
The second seminar presentation focused on a study currently taking place with third year midwifery students ;ooking at the feasibility of incorporating newborn infant physical examination (NIPE) competencies into the pre-registration midwifery programme. It was led by Senior Lecturer in Midwifery Luisa Cescuitti-Butler and student Luzie Schroter.
Traditionally these competencies are achieved post qualification when midwives have a number of years’ experience under their belt. Luisa Cescutti-Butler discussed how the study was initiated by Luzie who asked the question: “why couldn’t they learn all the necessary skills in the third year of their programme”? Luzie outlined the difficulties from taking this extra study on, but explained that the benefits for women in her care were worth the extra work. The presentation generated quite a lot of heated discussion with some midwives in the audience quite adamant that students should not be taking on this ‘extended’ skill. Luzie counter agued why students should gain these skills during the undergraduate programme.