Midwifery education: Reflecting on the past and changing for the future
In 1993, Dr Lesley Briscoe was a clinical midwife, while Elinor Clarke, who wrote for the inagural issue, was a tutor and honorary lecturer. They look back on 25 years of midwifery education
Midwifery education is dynamic and responsive to changes in society, population demographic, theory and policy. Changes to education since
Looking back over the past 25 years of midwifery education enables us to learn from old ways of working and the related events that took place, to help plan for a future where the women is at the centre of personalised safe care. In the first edition of British Journal of Midwifery, it was noted that a change in the content and the implementation of educational programmes was essential to enable midwives to take full responsibility as the central providers of care during childbirth (Henderson, 1993). Today, midwives work in an environment as equal members of the healthcare team, and multidisciplinary working that recognises how human factors influence safety in maternity care is crucial to our understanding. However, recognition does not mean that we are always successful in achieving excellent standards of maternity care, something that has been documented in multiple maternity surveys over time (Lewis, 2004; Lewis, 2007; Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries (CEMACE), 2011; Knight et al, 2017).
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