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“It’s no ordinary job”: Factors that influence learning and working for midwifery students placed in continuity models of care

Moncrieff, Gill; Martin, Caroline Hollins; Norris, Gail; MacVicar, Sonya


Gill Moncrieff


Maternity policy and guidelines increasingly recommend or stipulate the increased provision of midwifery continuity of carer as a priority model of care. The scale up and sustainability of this model will require that student midwives are confident and competent to provide continuity of carer at the point of qualification. Guidance relating to how to optimally prepare student midwives to work within continuity models is lacking.
To explore perspectives and experiences of working within and learning from student placement within continuity models of care.
An online mixed methods survey aimed at students and qualified midwives with experience of working within continuity models. Quantitative results were analysed through descriptive statistics while free text responses were brought together in themes.
Benefits and challenges to placement within continuity were identified. These provide recommendations that will enhance learning from and skill development within continuity models of care.
There is a need for continuity of mentorship and strong relationships between education and practice, and the provision of flexible curriculum content around this to enable students to prioritise attendance for women in their care. System level evaluation and support is needed to guide the optimal provision of continuity models, so that they are effective in improving outcomes and experiences for women, families, students, and midwives. Foregrounding woman centred care as foundational to education and facilitating the critical deconstruction of dominant discourses that conflict with, and may prevent this form of practice, will promote the type of care that is integral to these models.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 28, 2022
Online Publication Date Oct 5, 2022
Publication Date 2023-05
Deposit Date Oct 6, 2022
Publicly Available Date Oct 6, 2024
Journal Women and Birth
Print ISSN 1871-5192
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 36
Issue 3
Pages e328-e334
Keywords midwifery education; curriculum development; continuity of carer; caseload midwifery; mixed methods survey
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