How the midwifery society have continued supporting students during the pandemic

Categories: School of Health and Society

On the International Day of the Midwife, we take a look at how the midwifery society has adapted during the Covid-19 pandemic, under the leadership of Emma Castle and Nicola Partington.

Midwifery society members

The society meets once every month or two to discuss how to implement learning, social and wellbeing events for their members. These events are spread out over the course of the year.

One highlight so far this academic year has been the aromatherapy for childcare e-course. The course, which is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives, was made available to members at a reduced rate. It covered theoretical and practical knowledge on blending oils for childbirth and holistic techniques such as massage.

Nicole Rajan-Brown, current wellbeing officer and soon to be society co-chair, said: “Aromatherapy is an invaluable skill to have in midwifery. We decided to offer the course online to allow students to complete it in their own time, due to differing timetables. It received fantastic feedback from students.”

Another highlight has been the Future Midwife Magazine, which was introduced in the 20/21 academic year. It was created as a way to engage society members during the pandemic.

The magazine is created by students, for students and showcases student talent. It includes academic articles, personal stories and tips for incoming cohorts.

It was even retweeted by chief midwifery officer for England, Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent OBE who said it’s ‘so important to hear and value the voices of student midwives.’

Stacey Molineux, current treasurer and soon to be society co-chair, said: “We hope the magazine continues even after we’ve left, as it’s providing a platform for student midwives to showcase their talents and promote student voices.”

Check out the latest edition.

In March, the society put on a virtual study day about bereavement. It provided student midwives with some exposure to baby loss and what their current and future careers might involve. 

“The current co-chairs, Emma and Nicola, had the idea to present the day as a journey that a bereaved family might go through and all the health professionals they might come into contact with at each stage,” Nicole explained.

Neonatal consultants, charities, mortuary staff and parents who have received bereavement care gave talks at the event. It was attended midwifery students from Salford and beyond, as well as health visitors and neonatal nurses.

The society has also created an annual awards event and wellbeing sessions for midwifery and Health and Society School students. 

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