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The Collaboration for Maternal and Newborn Health: Interprofessional Maternity Care Education for Medical, Midwifery, and Nursing Students

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  • Lee Saxell RM, MA,

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      Department of Midwifery, BC Women' Hospital and Health Centre, 4500 Oak St., Room D204K, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6H 3N1. E-mail: lsaxell@cw.bc.ca
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    • 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.

  • Susan Harris MD, CCFP,

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    • Sue Harris, MD, CCFP, FCFP, was the former Head of the Department of Family Practice at BC Women's Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She received her BSc (Physical Therapy) from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and her MD from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She was a clinical professor in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She was a co-director of the Collaboration for Maternal and Newborn Health and a founding member of the South Community Birth Program.

    • Deceased.

  • Lehe Elarar RM

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    • Lehe Elarar, RM, BA, is in clinical practice at Pomegranate Community Midwives in Vancouver, and is a clinical instructor in the School of Midwifery at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She is a research assistant in the Collaboration for Maternal and Newborn Health.


Department of Midwifery, BC Women' Hospital and Health Centre, 4500 Oak St., Room D204K, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6H 3N1. E-mail: lsaxell@cw.bc.ca

Abstract

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.

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