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An experiential model of education introduced to improve the confidence of student midwives in undertaking second stage management of the perineum (SSMP)

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-148
Number of pages5
Early online date13 Feb 2018
Accepted/In press19 Jan 2018
E-pub ahead of print13 Feb 2018
PublishedApr 2018


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Background and objective the limited availability of high quality evidence related to second stage management of the perineum (SSMP) combined with a perceived shift in UK practice towards a 'hands off' the perineum/fetal head approach are likely to have impacted significantly on student midwives' understanding of SSMP. This paper presents a classroom based educational session using low fidelity simulation, which was designed in response to student feedback and aimed to improve confidence in this skill. Design reflective teaching practice, based on evaluation of SSMP teaching. Setting an undergraduate midwifery programme based at an inner city university in London UK. Participants student midwives. Findings the education session based on Kolb's experiential approach to learning appeared to address gaps in the previous teaching which was identified by students. The Classroom setting offered students a supportive setting in which to experiment with different SSMP approaches with a view to personalising care and without compromising safety. Conclusions and implications for practice although further longitudnal research is needed, the experiential model appears to offer a low resource approach to teaching SSMP and has potential application in other countries.

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