Midwifery Special Issue Education 2018
Call for Papers: Special Issue MIDWIFERY Summer 2018
Guest Editors: Ans Luyben, Mary Barger, Melissa Avery
Editor: Debra Bick
Midwifery practice has contributed to reductions in maternal and infant mortality and midwives are essential in achieving high quality maternal and neonatal care in all settings in all countries. Authors from the Lancet Series of Midwifery proposed a model of women, newborns and families at the heart of maternity services, and midwifery education has been identified as at the forefront of providing midwives with the tools and competencies to achieve standards of safe care1. There already exists worldwide policies that try to set global standards of care through education and practice, and continuous practice development including those published by the ICM and European Midwives Association and country specific midwifery professional organisations.
In 2016 we published a special section in the journal which looked at international models in midwifery education, including in low and low-middle income countries, as well as in Asia, Europe, North America and New Zealand. We wish to publish more papers in a subsequent special issue to be published during 2017-2018 and are seeking submissions. Papers can focus on any new aspect of midwifery education, from policy to implementation, to evaluations of programmes and student assessment. In particular we are keen to hear about models of education in clinical practice (mentoring, train the trainers etc, how to implement the Global Standards for Midwifery Education) as well as models of continuous professional development. We welcome articles of around 1,500 words. Questions which could inform the content/focus of papers could include, for example:
- Background; basis for the development of the model described/if and how midwifery education changed before introduction of this model
- Description of the content of the model and how it is implemented
- How well does the model work – does it meet maternal health needs? Does it develop midwives with appropriate skills and competencies? What is of benefit and what is missing?
- Is the model described sustainable – what are the threats and challenges?
- Conclusion – what have you learned? What future changes may be needed? Is this a model which other countries could use?
Submissions are sought between now until November 30th 2017. All papers should be submitted online at http://ees.elsevier.com/ymidw under the heading SI: Education. All papers must conform to the journal’s standard publication practices and policies and submitted using the Guide for Authors found at http://bit.ly/2tJkhS9 *. This special collection will be officially launched at the Bournemouth University international conference on midwifery education in July 2018.