I've had this little gem about Maitry's experience with some local midwives in my files for awhile...sorry for the delay, but enjoy! :)
What LP did you do
I did my LP in midwifery
How did you go about contacting and arranging the LP?
After a “Labour and Delivery” session with a midwife, I signed up with her and she emailed me within a month with the potential dates and timings for my LP. Then I stayed in touch with the secretary at the midwifery clinic and arranged the dates.
What were the two main things you learned from this LP?
First of all, I learnt the role of midwives in our healthcare field. Being completely unaware of their scope of practice, it was a great introduction for me. I observed two midwives and realized how involved they were with each mother-to-be and her partner.
Secondly, I learnt the importance of communication with patients. Women going through various stages of pregnancy displayed a range of emotions, and had many concerns; yet they were just so happy to be going through this phase of their life. Compassion and empathy were integral to working with each mother-to-be/mother.
What did you wish you knew to help you in your LP?
I wish I had known a little bit more about fetal ultrasound and physical examination of fetal head. When I saw the first pregnant woman, I was very scared of hurting her and/or the baby. The midwife taught me the correct techniques and I feel a little more competent.
How has this experience helped you clinically, in class and/or in career decision making?
I have always been interested in OB/GYN and I am doing an elective next year with an obstetrician and a gynecologist. I feel that spending time with midwives has exposed me to the types of tests that are performed at different stages of pregnancy, common questions and concerns of expecting mothers, and patient education. I am now looking forward to my OB/GYN elective next year!
Any other comments?
I absolutely loved my placement! We are not exposed to a lot of OB/GYN cases and it is not a mandatory rotation during clerkship either. I would highly encourage those interested in OB/GYN, or those who would like to know more about this profession and how it fits in with healthcare, should definitely do an LP.