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Developing the Language of Midwifery through Continuity of Care Experiences

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Canonical knowledge development, or learning the language of the profession, is an inherent component of any professional curricula. Midwifery is no exception to this. Midwifery is a practice based profession where the midwife works in partnership with women and other health care professionals to provide care during pregnancy, birthing and the postnatal period. A core component of the Bachelor of Midwifery is Continuity of Care Experience. This experience involves midwifery students engaging with women to follow them through with their pregnancy, birthing and post natal experience. The aim of these work based experiences is for students to: (i) engage with and reflect on the world of midwifery work; (2) understand and develop their individual capacity for the profession; and (iii) understand the nuances of the many and diverse instances of midwifery practices and birthing women’s trajectories (Sweet & Glover 2011). This chapter will focus on the development of professional language through the use of writing reflectively to describe the Continuity of Care Experiences, and will demonstrate that language changes over time and progresses from descriptive to professional.



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