Influencing the media – is it a midwife’s responsibility?
My interest in social media was sparked after I left the NHS in 2011, to embark on more academic learning, travelling and having quality time with my grandchildren. I’ve increasingly become more engaged with mainstream media because of social media, via links to topical maternity related pieces in magazines, newspapers and TV channels. Using social media has been a huge learning curve with enormous benefits to my life and career, though there have been some serious, darker moments. As well as connecting with positive like-minded individuals globally who support and nurture me, I’ve accessed hot-off-the-press articles and blog posts, and been able to share them widely. One of the most exciting opportunities social media has offered me, is an enhanced ability to communicate with women and families who use health services, especially maternity care. Whilst always considering professional accountability to myself and the Nursing and Midwifery Council, I find this is an essential part of my midwifery role – listening to a wider perspective, trying to appreciate the views and opinions of others. Social media enables this beyond face-to-face connections. It also gives me the chance to positively influence, to encourage and to share knowledge.
Hello, my name is Grace G and I will be one of the contributors to this blog. I am a seventeen-year-old A level student who hopes to study biomedicine at university in the near future as I hope to have a career in the pharmaceutical industry. Currently, I am studying Biology, chemistry, Geology and Maths. For a long time, I have had an interest in human health (some of my favourites being genomics, immunology and virology) and taking part in research has long since been something I’ve wished to take part in.
How has the public’s perception of midwives changed over the last couple of decades, and how has this change been reflected in social media? This is one of many questions I anticipate answering during the Media and Midwifery research project being conducted at Bournemouth University- a project which I wanted to join as a research assistant to contribute towards filling a void caused by a lack of previous research surrounding the link between specifically social media and childbirth.Read More »
As I have just finished studying for a degree in Communication and Media (and potentially considering studying for a Postgraduate), I wanted to broaden my research skills, which is why I applied to be a part of this project. I also thought that my experience of using platforms such as WordPress and Twitter would be beneficial to the research project as I can maintain the blog and Twitter page.