- bemoaned the fact that Second Life keeps crashing my computer;
- tried to join the in-crowd on Twitter;
- got frustrated because so few midwives met me at my online midwifery meeting;
- spent hours and hours trying to make a slidecast;
- complained that no one leaves comments on my blog;
- started to develop my ePortfolio to help me find a fancy, high-paying job;
- angsted about how people 'see' me;
- got excited when I found I had 7 subscribers to my blog;
- got depressed when Carolyn's blog hits reached 2000 more than mine.
The sum of my worries are whether I have enough broadband width or if Second Life is going to revolutionize midwifery education. Meanwhile Carolyn has reminded me of the terrible reality of the lives of millions of women throughout the world. Thousands and thousands of women die from childbirth related causes. Makes my concerns about how fat my Second Life avatar looks, superficial to say the least.
I would echo Carolyn's questions about how we can use Web 2.0 to support the midwives who are working with these women in the most challenging of conditions. And whilst I acknowledge that many of these midwives will not have access to electricity let alone computers, I also think we should not completely discount the potential that Web 2.0 offers midwives in developing countries.
Open access to midwifery information, resources and education programs may be one way that we can aid these midwives. We can ensure that meetings, conferences, and education programs are made available using synchronous means such as the MIDIRS webinars or recorded in some way and openly stored on the Internet. This may present financial and political challenges to institutions and companies who underwrite the conferences, but I am convinced that this is one way that we can work toward global midwifery sustainability.
What do you think about this? What do you think we can do to support midwives in developing countries - does Web 2.0 have a role?
Image: 'Jammu (North India)'