Thursday, April 2, 2009

MIDIRS Podcasts - a new educational resource for midwives

Launching MIDIRS podcasts – the best midwifery information at a time and place to suit you

MIDIRS is pleased to announce the launch of its new podcast service, which will focus on delivering key information surrounding pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period to maternity health care professionals.

This free resource replaces MIDIRS Webinars. It aims to deliver the best maternity expertise to you at a time and place which suits.

In order to subscribe to a podcast, you need an internet connection and a piece of podcast software which is usually available free of charge. Once you have installed this software, it will check MIDIRS for new episodes of your chosen podcast series and automatically download new episodes for you.
What is available?

Categories include antenatal, intrapartum, postnatal, neonatal, professional practice, research and education, maternity services and miscellaneous and specialist topics. We have an extensive back catalogue of podcasts available from the MIDIRS archives and will be adding new ones all the time. Guest speakers have included Denis Walsh, Soo Downe, and Ina May Gaskin.

To launch our new service we have an excellent podcast from Dr Sara Wickham on the art of questioning! Sara is renowned for her inquisitive and critical approach to the consideration of various midwifery practices. Sara brings these skills to this podcast, as she helps us to consider the role of reflective practice and critical thinking in contemporary maternity care provision. Asking questions is fundamental to our daily practice and Sara demonstrates how questions are often posed while midwives work within multiple paradigms. For example, the obstetric (medical) model, where birth is only perceived as ‘normal’ in hindsight, compared to the midwifery (social) model of care with its strong focus on normality, in which pregnancy is viewed as an altered state of normal health.

What are we doing and why are we doing it? How can we view it differently and how can we improve things? If you feel the need to be inspired or re-enthused to challenge practice, then this podcast is an absolute must for you!

We hope that you enjoy our new podcast service as well as letting us know your thoughts through the reviewing facility.

| Adam McGahern | IT Manager | MIDIRS |

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