ePortfolio

What is an ePortfolio?

Introduction

I have been asked many times why I chose to train as a midwife. The queries come from people who either think midwifery would be a wonderful career, or are sceptical and in the dark about what midwifery entails. I had a wonderful midwife for my three pregnancies and in her quiet way the midwife inspired me. I also have a friend who started midwifery training before me and this informed me that direct entry midwifery was an option. Once the midwifery “bug” bit, I was on fire with the excitement of a career with passion, about and for women.

I have been a Registered Midwife since December 2002 and have practiced as an independent midwife, hospital midwife, and employed support midwife (locum). I have a wide range of skills that can be applied to midwifery roles. Midwifery is a job that is woman-centred and autonomous and demands excellent communication, teaching, clinical and technical skills, as well as a level of intuition. With many possible career and training opportunities, midwifery fits my abilities and personality on many levels.

This portfolio is a collection of my personal and professional skills, knowledge, competency and achievements and is an evolving document that will reflect my continued development.

Purpose

This portfolio is a collection of my personal and professional skills, knowledge, competency and achievements and is an evolving collection of documents that will reflect my continued development. I have aimed to link the contents to the sections of the paper-based New Zealand College of Midwives: Portfolio for Midwives.

Audience

  • Midwifery Standards Review Committee – My wish would be that I could direct the next reviewers who perform my Standards Review to this ePortfolio and dramatically cut down on the mountain of paper that would otherwise be used.
  • Potential clients may want to learn a whole lot more about my qualifications and competencies in addition to my midwifery practice statistics.
  • Future employers might be interested in the projects I have been involved with and the showcase of my most exceptional achievements.
  • I am required by Midwifery Council to maintain a Portfolio as part of my participation in the Midwifery  Recertification Programme:

3.1.3 Portfolio
The midwife’s portfolio is the central collection point for information about her practice and her ongoing education and professional development. The information contained in this portfolio provides evidence of the midwife’s continuing competence to practise, including evidence of the application of learning to practice.
All midwives (including those who work part-time) who need to hold a practising certificate will be expected to provide evidence of their activities under each of the identified sections in the portfolio over each Recertification period. Written reflections on these activities must be provided. These may be brief (a short paragraph) as long as they make a link between the learning experience and midwifery practice.

The portfolio will contain the following elements:
a) Evidence of compulsory education:
• compulsory approved ongoing education from approved education providers >over three years:
b) Evidence of continuing education and professional development activities.
• 15 points of elective approved ongoing education over three years
• 15 points of professional development activities over three years
• 20 points of either elective education or professional activity or a combination of
both
c) Evidence of application of learning to midwifery practice.
This is likely to be provided through:
• reflection on critical incidents and exemplars of good practice;
• how new ideas and information have been incorporated into changes in practice;
• reflection about each education activity and how it contributes to the midwife’s
ongoing competence. Many elective education courses provide reflective activities
that can be incorporated into portfolios.
• reflections can be documented though short sentences and brief paragraphs

Contents

1 comment

  • Ricardo

    weeks, first hospital VBAC at 37wks, nruaatl & drug free, 2nd hospital VBAC (couldnt find a home birth midwife) at 41.4 weeks, nruaatl & drug free, one midwife assisted home birth at 36 weeks, on planned free birth at 40 weeks.I started training as a birth educator following my first VBAC, wishing to help others to birth nruaatlly amd safely afrer caesareans, but the Org I trained with deconstructed due to lack of funding. I started training as a breastfeeding counsellor, with ABA (then Nursing Mothers), but gave it up when family structure changed and I again became a sole parent.After deciding I didn’t wish to train as a midwife because the system and I would clash too constantly, I decided to train as a doula, so that I might help others to be confident in their ability to birth. After my final free birth , this desire to educate women as to the benefits of birthing alone made me rethink that position, but I came back to the idea that a doula can be instrumental in a free birth!However, I also considered that HAD I trained as a midwife, the experience and knowledge gleened from working within the system could have been very useful in educating women towards considering home birthing, and I could have used that in practice as an independent. Too much thinking, not enough doing, and suddenly it felt like it was too late!So back to Doula training!! BUT My confidence to work as a doula took a beating following the highly intervened birth experience of my daughter’s first birthing in a Sydney hospital. She birthed identical twins, hitherto identified as fraternal, at 33 weeks, with every intervention and constant, and I mean constant, harassment over 24 hours of labour, she was not permitted to sleep until I became less doula and more hysterical mother and in the end a horrific Caesar with the epidural almost completely worn off, ensued. I felt I’d let her down, and failed to navigate her safely through the system. I think I had given up a bit.Reading your latest post led me back to re-reading previous posts in your blog, and while I now feel it may be too late to train in midwifery (I’m 43) I might still serve as a voice and support to women (especially young and single women) if I am a qualified doula. Thank you for the inspiration and motivation. You are doing such a marvelous job women have been conditioned for so long to believe they do not have the right to take responsibility for their bodies and their babies, yet it is not only our right but our DUTY as parents to do so. Education is the best means for re-empowering women, and you are really fulfilling this need in many ways. You deserve formal, narional recognition for this most valuable and selfless work, and I hope one day you will receive it. In the meantime, I give you my thanks!

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