Lee Saxell, RM, MA, is the Head of the Department of Midwifery at BC Women's and St. Paul's Hospitals in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She is the Medical Director of the South Community Birth Program, a multidisciplinary, collaborative maternity care program, and codirector of the Collaboration for Maternal and Newborn Health. She is also a clinical associate professor in the School of Midwifery at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The Collaboration for Maternal and Newborn Health: Interprofessional Maternity Care Education for Medical, Midwifery, and Nursing Students
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
2009 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health
Volume 54, Issue 4, pages 314–320, July-August 2009
How to Cite
Saxell, L., Harris, S. and Elarar, L. (2009), The Collaboration for Maternal and Newborn Health: Interprofessional Maternity Care Education for Medical, Midwifery, and Nursing Students. Journal of Midwifery & Womens Health, 54: 314–320. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2009.03.017
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2010
- interprofessional education;
- maternity care;
- undergraduate education
The Collaboration for Maternal and Newborn Health, a multidisciplinary group of maternity care providers from the University of British Columbia (UBC), received funding from Health Canada to develop interprofessional education programs for health care students. Medical, midwifery, and nursing students from UBC were invited to participate in the three programs described in this article. The Interprofessional Student Doula Support Program, a year-long program for 15 students, combines classroom learning about marginalized women with on-call doula support to attend births. The Interprofessional Normal Labour and Birth Workshop is a 5-hour event, comprised of lectures and hands-on stations about normal labour, birth, and the immediate postpartum period. The Maternity Care Club Hands-on Night occurs twice a year, and students gather to practice at maternity care stations in a casual setting. A total of 467 participants over 3 years completed evaluations of their experiences. Students rate these programs very highly in terms of benefits of multidisciplinary collaboration. Providing students with opportunities to engage with other health care disciplines enhances interest in the professions of maternity care and the benefits of collaboration.