14. Educating Health Professionals for Collaborative Practice in Support of Normal Birth

  1. Melissa D. Avery PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
  1. Melissa D. Avery,
  2. John C. Jennings and
  3. Michelle L. O'Brien

Published Online: 24 JUN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118783320.ch14

Supporting a Physiologic Approach to Pregnancy and Birth

Supporting a Physiologic Approach to Pregnancy and Birth

How to Cite

Avery, M. D., Jennings, J. C. and O'Brien, M. L. (2013) Educating Health Professionals for Collaborative Practice in Support of Normal Birth, in Supporting a Physiologic Approach to Pregnancy and Birth (ed M. D. Avery), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., West Sussex, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118783320.ch14

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 JUN 2013
  2. Published Print: 3 JUN 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470962862

Online ISBN: 9781118783320

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Keywords:

  • health professionals;
  • health professions educational competencies;
  • interprofessional education;
  • maternity care professionals;
  • midwifery education;
  • national calls;
  • normal birth

Summary

In this chapter, the authors have examined national calls for interprofessional education and barriers to providing that education, and have collaborated in thinking about where they have come from as health professionals in maternity care as well as what is being asked of them as educators in a reformed health care system. Current examples of health professionals being educated together are provided to help consider possibilities for future education of maternity care providers. They have considered basic education and specific experiences that may be integrated in support of a physiologic approach to pregnancy and birth, anticipating that additional examples and proposals will emerge as this important discussion unfolds. All health professions education includes external processes to assure quality, consistency, and ultimately public safety. Development of a common maternity care core curriculum is a first step in preparing clinicians to support a physiologic approach to pregnancy and birth.