Guest Post – Sheena Byrom

 

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.

 

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The Effect that Internet Use in Pregnancy has on the Midwife-Woman Relationship

The effect that internet use in pregnancy has on the relationship between a pregnant woman and her midwife has been hotly debated through the various outcomes of different studies. As this relationship must be deeply personal in order for trust between the two women to flourish, I personally believe that qualitative studies would be far more accurate in conveying the depth of such a relationship, as well as painting a more elaborate picture of the factors that affect it. However, the majority of studies based on the topic that have been conducted in the UK so far are surprisingly quantitative (Declarq et al. 2006; Llarson 2009; Lagan et al. 2010; Lagan et al. 2011; Lima Pereira et al. 2012), according to Weston and Anderson (2014).Read More »