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Exploring undisturbed birth through art and social media : an interactive project with student midwives

Uppal, EL, Davies, SE, Nuttall, J and Knowles, H 2016, 'Exploring undisturbed birth through art and social media : an interactive project with student midwives' , British Journal of Midwifery, 24 (2) .

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Abstract

Aim: To facilitate exposure of student midwives to images of undisturbed birth by engagement with the YouTube Series of images created by artist Helen Knowles (2015). Background: Although birth in the Western world is a relatively safe process, there is a culture of fear around the process of giving birth.Women search for ‘realistic’ accounts from other women, as indicated by the number of hits on the YouTube videos on which Knowles’ YouTubeSeries is based. Methods: As part of their midwifery education, midwifery students from a range of groups were shown the YouTube Series screen-print images.The associated videos were then played to the students, followed by a class discussion. Findings: Themes that arose from the discussions included tensions around using social media in the curriculum, and educational value of viewing undisturbed birth. Conclusions: It is important for midwifery educationalists to engage with technology and social media to be able to appreciate women’s and students’ perspectives. It is also necessary to be aware of potentialdifficulties inherent in the use of social media, such as in relation to professional behaviour, the possible exploitation of women and ownership of the material. The study raised important issues for further investigation and analysis, and suggests that the videos and artwork have significant potential as tools for learning.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Midwifery
Publisher: MA Healthcare Ltd
Funders: None
Depositing User: SE Davies
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2016 09:33
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2016 09:34
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/39360

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