The University of West Bohemia in Pilsen (Plzeň in the Czech Republic) invited Bournemouth University’s Professor Edwin van Teijlingen for an academic exchange visit with BU Visiting Faculty Ms Jillian Ireland (Professional Midwifery Advocate at Poole Maternity Hospital) . Yesterday he presented a session about academic publishing to staff and students in the health faculty. This afternoon his audience comprised sociology students in a session on ‘The medical/social model of childbirth’. The two guests from Dorset were also shown round the obstetric wards of the two main maternity hospitals in the city of Pilsen. The international visit was funded by the European Union!
Ms Ireland has shared two presentations with student midwives and staff sharing the development of maternity services in partnership with families in Dorset using the ‘Maternity Matters’ website (developed as early adopters of ‘Better Births’ – Improving outcomes of maternity services in England – A five year forward view for maternity care). A particular focus on birth trauma was complemented with discussion of care and self-care of midwives.