Never be afraid to question practice: the professional dilemma of a student midwife

Dunn, Cheryl (2019) Never be afraid to question practice: the professional dilemma of a student midwife. British Journal of Midwifery, 27 (8). pp. 525-530. ISSN 0969-4900

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Abstract

As a third-year caseloading student midwife, I experienced a professional dilemma during an intrapartum placement whilst working on a busy obstetric unit: to use vaginal examination to confirm full dilatation (a medical approach) or advocate normality and a woman-centred approach.This article explores the three influential forces that contributed to the dilemma: the culture of obstetric units, the midwife-woman relationship, and the importance of assertive behaviours to achieve autonomy. Through reflection and use of Gibbs’ (1988) reflective cycle, I highlighted the need to develop my assertive skills, which also led me to make amendments to my own practice; this helped me transition from student to a newly qualified midwife.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Vaginal examination, Student midwife, Midwife-woman relationship, Assertive behaviours, Autonomy, Culture of obstetric units
Subjects: B700 Nursing
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2019 09:50
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 10:28
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/40293

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