We've been going around and about in our thinking about the Second Life birthing unit. To be honest, I'm still probably a tad confused about exactly what we're doing and when. The difference in opinion appears to be what we do in the different stages of the project, and exactly when the stages are to be trialled with the students. What I have previously described as Stage 1, is now considered to be Stage 2.
Working the birth unit into midwifery education
My vision for the birth unit stage 1 is that it integrates into first year papers that look at birth from a philosophical point of view, looking at foundation knowledge and getting students to think about why things are the way they are in the birthing environment.
I also see the birth unit giving us the opportunity to demonstrate to students what research evidence is, and how and why we base our midwifery decisions on certain research. This would integrate into the first year research stream.
Here is the user story for the birth unit ie what we would like the students to do in the birth unit that meets the learning objectives:
- 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.