Using video in the development and field-testing of a learning package for maternity staff: Supporting women for normal childbirth

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International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 2009, Special Issue: Using Video in Social Science ..., 3 (3), pp. 302 - 320
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This paper discusses methodological issues relating to the use of video technology to develop and field test educational resources. Research to develop and field test a learning package for National Health Service (UK) maternity staff used video to observe and describe exemplary practice and to elicit video clips for the purpose of stimulating interactive workshop activities and interprofessional learning. The project aimed to enhance the knowledge, skills and self-efficacy of maternity staff to support women to have a normal birth. Data from filmed observations of midwifery interactions, interviews and group discussions with a range of women, their partners, midwives and doctors, contributed to understandings of positive influences on women's experiences of childbirth. This data informed the development of learning outcomes for workshop activities and the selection of stimulus video clips. The rationale for using video in this way, the research process that was undertaken and some of the ethical and practical challenges encountered are discussed.
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