UWE midwife wins award for fetal positioning Tshirts

Issue date: 21 September 2010


UWE Midwife Jane Cross A new graduate midwife from the University of the West of England has won an award for her design of Tshirts and fabric 'babies' to help mothers prepare for birth. Midwife Jane Cross will receive the 2010 Tricia Anderson award from the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust at an awards ceremony in Cardiff on 23 September.

Jane's idea is for teaching aids consisting of 3D fabric 'babies' which can be positioned using Velcro on Tshirts to denote the different fetal positions. By using the Tshirts women can 'wear' and observe a range of fetal positions during discussions with their midwife on optimal fetal positioning.

Jane said, “I have created a set of four 3D babies adopting key positions – Occiput Anterior (OA); Occiput Posterior (OP); Extended Breech and Flexed Breech. They are interchangeable to facilitate discussion on the position of the unborn baby and the implications that position may have on labour and birth. I felt that antenatal education using a dynamic physical trigger on this subject could potentially benefit many women.

“I have shown my teaching aid to several midwives and women, who agreed it was an excellent way of communicating the necessary information in an interesting way. I am delighted to have won the £1000 Tricia Anderson award which will enable me to produce more of these high quality, tactile learning aids as well as information leaflets for women on optimal fetal positioning and for midwives on the use of the Tshirts.”

Professor Billie Hunter, chair of the trustees, said, “We had a hard task in selecting winners from a field of applicants working to a very high standard. These winners were the top of a very impressive list of candidates. The trustees congratulate the award winners and commend all who applied for their efforts and dedication to midwifery.”

Senior Midwifery Lecturer from UWE, Kirsten Baker, said, “Jane initially designed these as part of the assessment for our Preparation for Parenthood Educators module. The students design and develop a teaching aid and use this in a microteaching session with their peers, in role as expectant parents. We are often impressed at the creativity and effectiveness demonstrated in this assessment, and particularly so with Jane's inventive “babies”, and are delighted that this has been recognised and awarded.”

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