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What will the future midwife look like?

The School of Health & Society midwifery team recently hosted a listening event to discuss what skills and attributes midwives will need in 2030.

Karen Barker Rachel Burden & Rose McCarthy

The event was attended by invited guests, all with a vested interest in midwifery education ranging from service user representatives, current students through to Heads of Midwifery. Speakers raised topical and sometimes controversial issues for debate, all focussed on the #futuremidwife from their own perspectives. Professors, Regional Maternity Leads and  representatives from the City of Salford, Health Education England, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the President of the Royal College of Midwives spoke passionately about the profession. Rachel Burden, BBC presenter talked candidly about her own birth experiences and the unique relationship families have with midwives.

Audience participation was encouraged in a variety of ways including  small group discussions, open questions, audience ideas & views displayed creatively on a Ketso board and online voting with the following instant results:

The day concluded with a Heads of Midwifery question time which tackled some sensitive and challenging issues. Discussions were captured by a local new mother and artist who produced a visual narrative of the day.

The information will help inform and develop the new midwifery curriculum as well as raising the profile of the team with stakeholders and the regulator. The day was a resounding success and the feedback from speakers and audience was overwhelmingly positive.

Do you want to find out more about the event or contribute to future conversations around this topic? Contact the event organisers Karen Barker @karenelee2 or Rose McCarthy @RoseMcC_ukmdwf.


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