Look outside the box! Intersectoral outreach as part of midwifery studies
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Department of Medicine, Institute of Midwifery Science, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Publication date: 2023-10-24
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Angela Rocholl   

Department of Medicine, Institute of Midwifery Science, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Eur J Midwifery 2023;7(Supplement 1):A49
Midwifery students are deployed in maternity wards, gynecological departments, neonatal care and freelance midwifery lead units in order to acquire competencies for the practice of the profession1,2,3. An intended improvement of the care situation of expectant families includes the progressive necessity of intersectoral cooperation and the development of network competence4. Insights into extended fields of health and social care around the phase of family formation contribute to this and enable students to expand their individual scope of action. In the study programme “Applied Midwifery Science” at the University of Cologne students are provided with practical time for this purpose.

Material and Methods:
The students of the 5th semester spend 80 hours in pregnancy counseling centers, family centers, pediatricians, mother-child homes, counseling centers for teenage mothers or institutions for accompanying women who have refugee background or experienced violence.

Students are enabled to reconstruct newly acquired content from interdisciplinary disciplines and to integrate it into their own discipline. At the same time, the limitations of their own discipline are exposed5. This sensitizes students to the necessity of interprofessional cooperation and its appreciation and broaden their perspective on their own actions.

Interprofessional and intersectoral work are of great importance in the care of pregnant women and young families. Giving midwifery students insights into this leads to a closer connection to institutions of the health and social sector. Getting involved in other disciplines opens up new perspectives for all participants, but also challenges5. The project will be evaluated summatively.

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.
There is no funding necessary for the realization of this project.
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