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Week 3 summary

Watch Jenny Gamble sum up what was covered in Week 3 of the Maternity Care course.
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Here we are at the end of week three and the end of the course. This week was all about how to make change happen. And to do that, you need a clear picture of what that change looks like. So we showed you examples of midwifery continuity of care in far northern Canada, on a remote Inuit community, right through to a tertiary referral maternity hospital in Australia. The idea was that you could see that relationship-based care is practical and successful globally and it can be implemented in a variety of contexts. Then you had a chance to put into practise what you learned. You created a plan and discussed your ideas with other learners.
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We hope this guided work and focused discussion helped clarify your aims and goals and that the tools and strategies to connect with others and overcome barriers were useful to you as you join the effort to reform maternity services locally and globally.

This week was about working out how to make change happen. You built on what you learned over the last few weeks – understanding the need for change, the evidence behind it and the framework best suited to implementing that change.

You heard about midwifery continuity of care around the world – in remote Inuit communities in Canada, in a specialist hospital in India, and in a large hospital in Australia. You read about inspiring mothers, midwives, doctors and community groups who are working to make change in their areas. You saw that relationship-based care is practical, cost-effective and successful around the world.

You also had a chance to put what you’ve learned into practice. We encouraged you to create a plan and discuss your ideas and concerns with other learners here on FutureLearn.

Did you find it helpful to bounce your thoughts off each other? We hope this guided work and focused discussion helped you identify what motivates you, what your aims and goals are, practical tools and strategies you could use, and how you can overcome barriers as you join the effort to reform maternity care locally and globally.

Over to you

What did you find most interesting or useful this week? Did something stand out to you?

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