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Pregnant Woman Staying Fit


Thinking about scenarios - supports effective teaching

"We can learn so much from others"


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This part of your assignment requires you to reflect on how you, as a Midwife/Educator woudl handle a variety of difficult situation when teaching a childbirth class. 

Scenario: 1: 

Imagine you are about to run the first class of a 6 week course. The group are very quiet and many are weary to answer up. Describe one thing you would try in the next class that would help them feel more involved and relaxed in the class. Explain your reasoning...

Scenario: 2 

A mother from your class has had her baby at 25 weeks, sadly it didn't survive. You have a class that evening with the other parents who were attending the same class. How would you deal with the situation? Explain your reasoning behind your way of handling the situation and describe any concerns that you may have or what may be the parents concerns. 

Scenario: 3

You find that some couples are talking and laughing during the course and disturbing the rest of the class. Explain how you would handle the situation and reasonings behind it. 

Scenarios: 4

You have a first time mother who has expressed her desire to have an elected caesarean section. Explain how you would handle the conversation (taking into consideration the rest of the class are listening) what would you hope to be the outcome of the discussion. 

Scenario: 5

You have a group of couples and its obvious that some men feel very uncomfortable in talking about details of the birth. Explain how you would handle the situation and your reasons for doing so. 

Scenario: 6

It is your 2nd class in a session of 6 and one person is being quite overpowering in speaking out in. your class often undermining your teaching approach, how would you handle the situation? 

Scenario: 7

It is your third class and some of the couples are arriving later and later as the weeks go by disrupting the class some 20 minutes into the session. Explain how you would deal with the situation

Scenario: 8

The classes are going really smoothly the ladies seem to be really enjoying their classes, then one lady makes a formal complaint about another lady in the class, saying she is feeling bullied. How do you deal with the situation. 

Scenario: 9

One lady arrives to a class in floods of tears she has been told her baby has a medical problem. The rest of teh class are concerned about her and start to discuss her case in detail, but time is ticking by and you need to get teh class started, but don't want to appear insensitive. How would you deal with this situation. 

Scenario: 10

You are on your last day of the course and there is some unrest from the mothers, one of their friends has had a bad experience with the local maternity unity while giving birth and there is a formal complaint against the local midwifery team. How do you handle the situation and what would you say to alleviate their fears as their time to give birth is getting close.

If you have any questions or comments about what you found interesting about the class?

Assignment: 8 - Documenting

When on duty a Maternity Nurse is required to keep an accurate log of their day/night with baby - The information is to be shared with parents

A complete journal needs to be kept on what time baby fed, how much baby took (if bottle fed), bath times, nappy changes - plus contents of nappies, sleeping times (start and finish) quality of sleep, walks (times and places walked) people we spoke to and places you went. 

The journal also needs to include any concerns ie: red eyes or snotty nose etc 

Accidents do happen! An accident book must always be at hand - all 'accidents' must be reported and signed off by either a witness and parent at the end of the shift!

Include exact time, where, how and who was there ( this is in place to protect you and the parents)


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