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9 November, 2018

Student news

What’s new in the student world? Your chance to tell us where you’ve been and what you’ve been up to...

Emergency birth resource 

Class Publishing has produced a handy resource for managing obstetric emergencies in the community. 

The book Emergency birth in the community is designed for paramedics, but is also a great resource for midwives. 

There are ‘crib cards’, which easily fit in pockets or community bags. Students may find the book particularly useful when preparing for objective structured clinical examination assessments. 

As a special offer for RCM student members, Class Publishing is offering a 20% discount and free post and packing when using the code RCM20.

More information is available here.

Decision aids for women

NHS England, alongside the RCM and RCOG, has developed two new decision aids to help women choose where to have their baby.

One aid is for first-time mums and is available here and the other is for women who have had a baby before – available here.

Women can be signposted to these or they can be downloaded and printed.

The Your pregnancy and baby guide is also available on the NHS Choices website.

web_Leicester-051018.pngFirst cohort underway

The University of Leicester’s first cohort of their new four-year undergraduate Midwifery with leadership Master in Science (MSci) began in September. 

The students starting the degree met with RCM learning representative Hayley Somerville of the newly re-established Leicester RCM branch (pictured), and received RCM membership packs, copies of Midwives and birth calculators.

Successful Swansea study day

Swansea University’s Student Midwifery Society was fortunate enough to host a study day in October on vicarious trauma, focusing on the midwifery profession. 

Vicarious trauma has its roots in developing an understanding of the cumulative and life-changing effects of working in caring professions and creating personal strategies to offset these. 

web_Bearing-Witness-051018-(1).pngThe highly experienced trainer Bryony Beynon was very knowledgeable theoretically and applied this perfectly to midwifery practice.

Participants left with a personal toolkit for monitoring signs and improving self-care and an insight into how to support colleagues. 

Evaluations of the Bearing witness: vicarious trauma and you study day were overwhelming, with comments including ‘phenomenal’ and ‘every midwife, student, doctor and mentor NEEDS this training’. All 32 participants said they’d recommend it to colleagues and rated it 10 out of 10. 

Student Holly Morse said: ‘We all feel now that understanding vicarious trauma, its impacts and how to manage it as an inevitable part of our profession is a critical step forward in combating many of the issues we face – improved care, increased staff retention and quality of life. If you get a chance to host this day please do it!’


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