Keep CCEs for Student Midwives
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We passionately believe that continuity of care experiences (CCE) need to be maintained for midwifery students. Having CCEs as part of our learning pathway provides us with confidence and is one of the most enriching and exciting parts of our student journey. We feel like our therapeutic communication and clinical skills as well as our understanding of the meaning of "woman centred care" are best taught to us through our CCE women than during any other university experience.
The benefits of a continuity of care model to midwives, women, and their families is well established in the literature and the "towards normal birth" directive. It would be of detriment to our professional development and future careers to not have the opportunity to learn about this in the tangible way that we can through CCE.
Please do not remove continuity of care experiences from our curriculum. We love it. It motivates us. It will make us better midwives in the future.