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dc.contributor.authorCarter, J
dc.contributor.authorSidebotham, M
dc.contributor.authorDietsch, E
dc.description.abstractBackground: Internationally, midwifery education and maternity services are evolving to promote midwifery continuity of care. It is unclear whether current Australian midwifery education programs are graduating a midwifery workforce prepared and motivated to work in this way. Aim: To discover how well midwifery students in Australia feel they have been prepared and motivated to work in midwifery continuity of care when they enter practice. Methods: A pragmatist approach was used. Participants were final year midwifery students at one Australian university participating in the Midwifery Student Evaluation of Practice (MidSTEP) project over three consecutive years. Descriptive analysis of selected scaled and free text responses was undertaken to ascertain how students’ clinical practice experiences had influenced their learning, development and career aspirations. Results: Exposure to midwifery continuity of care had profound impact on students’ learning, enabling them to provide woman-centred midwifery care whilst increasing confidence and preparedness for practice. The majority were motivated to work in midwifery continuity of care upon graduation. A small minority of participants felt unprepared to work in midwifery continuity of care, attributing this to their family commitments, a sense of needing more experience or unsupportive workplace cultures. Midwifery continuity of care experiences are highly valued by midwifery students and positively influence confidence, preparation and motivation for beginning practice. It is necessary to review education standards to ensure quality, consistency, and adequacy of these experiences throughout pre-registration midwifery education. This will assist in generating a midwifery workforce prepared and motivated to deliver the goals of maternity service reform.
dc.publisherElsevier BV
dc.relation.ispartofjournalWomen and Birth
dc.subject.fieldofresearchMedical and Health Sciences
dc.subject.keywordsCaseload midwifery
dc.subject.keywordsContinuity of care
dc.subject.keywordsMaternity services reform
dc.subject.keywordsMidwifery education
dc.subject.keywordsMidwifery standards
dc.titlePrepared and motivated to work in midwifery continuity of care? A descriptive analysis of midwifery students’ perspectives
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dcterms.bibliographicCitationCarter, J; Sidebotham, M; Dietsch, E, Prepared and motivated to work in midwifery continuity of care? A descriptive analysis of midwifery students’ perspectives, Women and Birth, 2021
gro.description.notepublicThis publication has been entered in Griffith Research Online as an advanced online version.
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gro.griffith.authorDietsch, Elaine E.
gro.griffith.authorSidebotham, Mary
gro.griffith.authorCarter, Jo

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