Storytelling as an Educational Strategy for Midwifery Students


  • Lauren P. Hunter CNM, PhD,

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    • Lauren Hunter, CNM, PhD, is Director of Graduate Nurse-Midwifery Education and an Assistant Professor at San Diego State University in San Diego, California.

  • Linda A. Hunter CNM, MS

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    • Linda A. Hunter, CNM, MS, is in practice at the Claire M. Lintilhac Nurse-Midwifery Service in Burlington, Vermont.

Lauren P. Hunter, CNM, PhD, Nurse-Midwifery Program Director, San Diego State University, School of Nursing, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-4158. E-mail:


This article describes the use of purposive storytelling as a creative teaching strategy in the nurse-midwifery education program at San Diego State University and the University of California, San Diego. Student evaluations over a 4-year period showed overwhelming support for the inclusion of storytelling into a weekly didactic midwifery course. Benefits, such as increased cognitive learning, enhanced role transition, and emotional clarification were identified in the students' comments. The students' comments further supported the efficacy of incorporating storytelling into midwifery education. A review of the literature confirms the growing popularity of storytelling in both health care and education, and a conceptual framework is also provided. Further research is needed to examine the benefits of this worthwhile technique in promoting learning, stimulating interest, and facilitating the development of critical thinking.