Linda V. Walsh, CNM, MPH, is Assistant Program Director of the Nurse-Midwifery Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a B.S.N. from the University of Connecticut and an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University. She is completing doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is investigating urban midwifery practice in the early twentieth century.
LAY MIDWIFE TO NURSE-MIDWIFE: Perceived Learning Needs and Attitudes Toward the Learning Experience
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
1990 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 35, Issue 4, pages 204–213, July-August 1990
How to Cite
Walsh, L. V. and Jaspan, A. L. (1990), LAY MIDWIFE TO NURSE-MIDWIFE: Perceived Learning Needs and Attitudes Toward the Learning Experience. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 35: 204–213. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(90)90112-I
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
This descriptive study was designed to identify the perceived learning needs of students with midwifery experience who enter nurse-midwifery education programs. Instruments were developed to gather data from nurse-midwifery educators and CNMs who had been experienced lay midwives (LM/CNMs). Results indicate that LM/CNMs and educators recognize the importance of identification of knowledge and skills gained before entering the educational program, but a variety of factors inhibit the implementation of creative, individualized curriculums. Issues related to nurse-midwifery education, including identification of valid knowledge and the reed for a midwifery rather than obstetric model of teaching, are discussed.