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Implications for practice and research
Incorporating resilience training and a multidisciplinary debriefing approach within clinical and academic environments would develop a culture of support and compassion for the workforce and ultimately effective care for women using maternity services.
Further research surrounding the effectiveness of resilience education for student midwives is required to elicit greater understanding of the effect on woman-centred care.
The definition of a midwife is ‘being with woman’. Student midwives typically embark on a 156-week education programme developing knowledge and skills predominantly in ‘normality’ and within the context of normal birth. The reality for many students encompasses exposure to more high-risk complex cases and to services that are resource constrained. Students …
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