Imminent birth education for rural and remote settings: an evaluation study

Connell, Jane, Kelly, Jenny, and Nagle, Cate (2019) Imminent birth education for rural and remote settings: an evaluation study. Australian Journal of Rural Health. (In Press)

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Abstract

Objective: To describe the development and evaluation of an educational resource that aimed to provide the non‐midwifery workforce in rural and remote health facilities with basic knowledge and skills to assist women who present when birth is imminent.

Design: Descriptive methods using surveys were employed to evaluate the resource named the Imminent Birth Education Program.

Participants: Health professionals employed in Queensland Health rural and remote non‐birthing facilities.

Intervention: An evidence‐based, blended educational program comprising an online component, a face‐to‐face workshop and an education package for midwives to facilitate the workshop in their health service.

Results: More than 600 participants completed the online course component, and the majority of these participants were employed in non‐birthing facilities. Throughout the project, two project officers facilitated face‐to‐face workshops, training participants to facilitate the workshop in their own health services. The reach of the Imminent Birth Education Program was statewide with clinical staff from all 16 Hospital and Health Services participating.

Conclusion: The uptake of the Imminent Birth Education Program has been widespread across the state and positively evaluated by the rural and remote non‐midwifery workforce in non‐birthing facilities. This evidence‐based program is an effective way to provide the knowledge, skills and confidence to assist health professionals to care for women who present to these facilities when birth is imminent.

Item ID: 59047
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-1584
Keywords: evidence‐based, maternity care, professional development
Funders: Queensland Health (QH)
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2019 23:52
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920506 Rural Health @ 40%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Womens Health @ 60%
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