Title: Schoolchildren visit midwives
Authors : Albert, Katherina
Grieder, Sandra
Hailer-Bischoff, Therese
Conference details: CARE 4 International Scientific Nursing and Midwifery Congress, Leuven, Belgium, 5.-6. February 2019
Issue Date: 2019
License (according to publishing contract) : Not specified
Type of review: Not specified
Language : English
Subject (DDC) : 370: Education
618: Gynecology, obstetrics and midwifery
Abstract: Background: Midwives are sought-after experts when it comes to the teaching of pregnancy, birth and postpartum topics in primary schools. The Institute of Midwifery at ZHAW in Winterthur therefore offers a corresponding range of 3-4 teaching units in their own skills rooms. Project goal: By getting to know the midwife and her work, children learn that pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period are primarily healthy and natural processes that are handled by the midwife. Methods: The didactic design of the lessons is based on principles of skill-based and age-appropriate teaching such as storyline method, mini-simulations and exploratory learning which are accompanied by realistic and age-appropriate in-house simulation models. Implementation: Within the framework of a pilot project, three teaching lessons are offered to schoolchildren between 8 to 11 years of age from the canton of Zurich covering the topics of pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. Involved in the project are sixth semester midwifery students from ZHAW who teach selected sequences. The schoolchildren, both girls and boys, who participated in the pilot project showed great interest in the subject. They vigorously participated in conversations about their own birth, contributed to the workshop discussion entitled "From Conception to Birth" and became involved in the mini-simulation "The Birth of a Baby". Evaluation: All teaching units were evaluated in a multi-step process. Primary class teachers described the lessons as level-appropriate, varied and well-balanced. One of them said: "It was obvious to me from the beginning that the issue was about natural life cycle processes. I would attend the course again and can absolutely recommend it." The midwifery students were proud when they realised how much knowledge they have acquired during their studies and were able to pass on. From the schoolchildren's interest in the course and their questions, the teaching staff concluded that the topics covered during the lessons have a lasting impact on a further discussion of these subjects. Outlook: It is intended to officially include these teaching units in the BSc in Midwifery course syllabus. This also means that sixth semester midwifery students will be playing an active role in the teaching of schoolchildren.
Departement: Health Professions
Organisational Unit: Institute of Midwifery (IHB)
Publication type: Conference Poster
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/15353
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