Effect of an in-situ simulation workshop on home birth practice in Australia

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Abstract

Problem: Interprofessional training programs for obstetric emergencies have been introduced for up-skilling birth unit staff in hospitals but not frequently used in training midwives and paramedicine staff for home birth emergency. Background: Practical Obstetric Multiprofessional Training (PROMPT) has previously been described in the home birth setting using in-situ simulation training of home births for midwifery and paramedicine staff. Aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the benefit of the home birth simulation in clinical practice and to explore how the simulation program prepared the midwives for a birth-related emergency in a publicly funded home birth program. Methods: Midwives conducting home births, the midwifery educator and the simulated woman in labour (n = 9) attended an interview that explored how the midwives’ learning through simulation affected their home birth clinical practice. The simulated woman and the facilitator who conducted the simulation for more than six years were also interviewed to comment on the observed change in performance in simulation. The interview transcripts were thematically analysed. Findings: The themes that were identified and agreed upon, were applying learning to clinical practice, learning in teams, valuing realism, facilitating simulation based education and managing variation. Discussion: In-situ nature of simulation with home birth midwives and paramedical staff facilitated learning transfer and team-based approach to practice. The careful simulation design provided a breadth of experience in emergencies. Conclusion: Applying learning to prepare for clinical emergency situations changed the midwives’ approach in managing home births. This provided evidence for a change in behaviour (Level 3 Kirkpatrick's framework) and transfer of learning, leading to changed protocols (Level 4a Kirkpatrick's framework).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-355
Number of pages10
JournalWomen and Birth
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019

Keywords

  • Emergency
  • Interprofessional
  • Midwifery
  • Paramedical
  • Training

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