Reflection groups for midwives supervising students in a hospital setting
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Department of Health, University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway
Stavanger University Hospital, Stavanger, Norway
Publication date: 2023-10-24
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Janne Gabrielle Hunsbeth   

Department of Health, University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway
Eur J Midwifery 2023;7(Supplement 1):A178
Midwives practicing in busy labor wards with a high number of midwifery students needing supervision and teaching, can experience challenges regarding balancing the needs of birthing women and students. In the spring of 2021 reflection groups for midwives were started at the University hospital in Stavanger.

Material and Methods:
The reflection groups were organized as focus groups, with groups consisting of 6-8 participants. They met twice during spring in 2021. The topic for reflection was work situation, and how to best supervise midwifery students in a busy delivery ward. The focus of the reflections was reflections and solutions.

The midwives expressed that sharing concerns in a safe environment was a positive experience. Being motivated to discuss and reflect upon possible solutions on how to improve the situation was equally reported to be useful.

Because of the nature of their work, and increasingly complex and heavy workload, midwives need a safe place where the can openly reflect their many concerns regarding their work. Reflecting, and finding possible solutions to the many challenges also regarding supervising students were deemed positive and motivating. The moderator should preferably not be part of the management, but anonymously report back to the managing team various concerns and suggestions for improvement reported by the midwives participating in the reflection groups.

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