In this fourth episode of Midwifery Hour series four, Sue Macdonald, Curator of the Midwifery Festivals; Co editor of Mayes Midwifery (16th Edition) was joined by Sarah Esegbona-Adeigbe, Senior Midwifery Lecturer, London South Bank University and Professor Lesley Page CBE, Visiting Professor in Midwifery at King’s College, London and Adjunct Professor at UTS and Griffith University, Australia.
Student Midwife, Rachel has reviewed this week’s episode:
This weeks episode discussed the contemporary roles and challenges midwives face and manage.
Sarah spoke about cultural safety. It is important to understand that every woman has her own individual needs, which may differ from someone else who has the same cultural background.
To practice cultural safety effectively, healthcare professionals firstly need to understand their own cultural identity and attitudes to acknowledge and address the unconscious bias they may have in themselves.
One of the most important strategies to enhance cultural safety is to be with and talk to women, finding out about their cultural needs and how care impacts the woman’s cultural identity.
Lesley talked about the achievements in midwifery over the past couple of decades.
The development of midwifery science and practice has led to some of the most important progress in maternity services, for example continuity of carer, which have contributed to changes which will save lives and humanise childbirth for everyone.
It is only when we develop a culture which respects midwives and their unique contribution, but also the knowledge and evidence-base of the profession, that midwives will be able to make their full contribution to give every family the best start in life.
Host Sue Macdonald was joined by Sarah Esegbona-Adeigbe (Senior Midwifery Lecturer, London South Bank University) and Professor Lesley Page CBE (Visiting Professor in Midwifery at King’s College, London and Adjunct Professor at UTS and Griffith University, Australia).
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Professor Lesley Page CBE
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This hour was produced by Neil Stewart Associates and filmed by Narrowcast Media Group.