I have the responsibility for developing the lesson plan/s for the activities the students will be engaging with in order to meet their learning outcomes which are:
- demonstrate an understanding of the role of the midwife in the normal childbirth process;
- demonstrate effective evidence based, midwifery practice guided by a sound knowledge base.
These plans are for self-directed activities that encourage reflection, which will complement the students' formal lessons. The ideas so far are a treasure hunt, writing a reflection, completing a questionnaire, taking part in a discussion in the class Facebook group. What do you think we could get the students to do that will not be too onerous for them, but be a useful activity that will fit the learning outcomes.
There will also need to be a notice board or such like that gives the students instructions.
Deborah and Leigh have responsibility for developing a short video that will act as an advert for the birth unit; something that can be lodged in YouTube and similar places as well as the birth unit itself, and sent around the place by email, or linked into the institutions' learning management systems.
The video will consist of interviews with everyone involved with building the birth unit.
The other really important job that Deborah and I have to do is agree on what objects we need in the unit; decide how they are to be animated, and how they are to be linked to research evidence. We will then need to summarize the evidence in a short paragraph for the students to read.
What will happen is that a student will see a glass of water, for example, click on it and be shown research evidence about hydration in labour. The student will also be able follow links to the information on a web site (probably Wikieducator). This will allow them to 'bookmark' the information. It will also be a resource that people outside Second Life will be able to utilize.
The objects are:
- Water pool – link to information about use of water in labour & evidence about waterbirth
- Sink-link to information about hand washing & infection control
- Gloves – link to information about sterile technique
- Bed-link to info about evidence of around birth positions & birth outcomes
- Food – link to evidence about nutrition in labour
- Glass of water – link to information/evidence about hydration in labour
- Rope/birth ball/birthing stool – links to information/evidence about positions in labour
- Toilet – links to info/evidence about maternal output eg why we test urine in labour
- BP machine-info/evidence about monitoring in labour
- Pinard – info/evidence about baby monitoring in labour
- Vomit bowl – info/evidence about dealing with nausea
- Fridge – information about ecbolics & active management of third stage
- Object – information about physiological management of third stage
- Object-information about vaginal examinations
- Object – info about hands off’ approach to birth
- Filing cabinet in midwife’s office – information about documentation
- Mucus extractor - evidence about sucking out a baby at birth
- Syringe - evidence about the administration of vitamin K at birth
- Towel rail to warm towels for baby at birth - information about keeping baby warm at birth
- Cord clamp - evidence/information about timing of cord clamp
Can you think of any other objects we would need in the birth unit that would link out to research evidence?
The birth unit including objects is due to be finished by the middle of March which is when the SLENZ team has its next face-to-face meeting. It looks as if we'll be introducing the first year midwifery students to the birth unit in the middle of June when they start to look at labour and birth.
We'll be having a grand opening which will include a panel discussion about the principles of birth unit design and how that was integrated into the Second Life project. At this stage, a date has not been decided but it will probably be in May. Plenty of time for me to get a new frock and tiara in honor of the occasion!
Image: 'Evan cuts the umbilical cord' Natashalatrasha