Midwifery ‘professional uses’ with team eMORA

Sally Freeman, Sheffield Hallam University & Marcela Watkinson, University of Derby

Team eMORA (Midwifery) from Sheffield Hallam University and University of Derby on ‘professional uses’. This recording is from our 2022 MiniBash community event which was hosted in Birmingham, England. Videos are for educational personnel only and require a live educational email to watch. You can read a small snippet of the video transcript below. 


Hi everybody. It’s great to see so many of you and I have seen quite a lot of you on Zoom before now. And that includes people that work at Sheffield Hallam that I’ve never met before. So I’ve just seen someone, oh hi, as they walk past it. 

It’s just so great. And today is the first time I’ve met Marcella and we’ve been in weekly meetings for about 9 months but never met until today. So, it was really lovely to meet today. 

So, what we’re going to talk about is how the project developed and a little bit about its implementation into practice and how it’s going so far because Sheffield Hallam, my students would say they were guinea pigs. I would say they were trailblazers because we were the first institution to use the eMORA. 

So we used it for a year, and we kept giving sort of live feedback and making amendments as we went along. So I will just move along a little bit.  

So, midwifery is a very strange occupation. We put our hands in places that other people have never dreamt about. We’re always quite vocal. That isn’t a requirement to be a midwife, but we always tend to be. But the NMC in 2019 developed new midwifery proficiencies. Before that, they were always called competencies, so that was the first thing that caught us out. And they developed 280 proficiencies which students have to achieve in their third year. That’s a lot of stuff to get signed off. 

And so our practice partners always had a paper document, so for us to suddenly say, well, we’re not having paper anymore, we’re just having an electronic document. They were a bit like, well, I don’t know how that’s going to work. So I’ll tell you how it works really. 

Students also have to gain so many personal births, so many antenatal examinations, etc. 

And so, people that don’t understand midwifery think we do an awful lot of counting, and I can absolutely assure you, yes, we do. Because if they don’t get those numbers, they can’t be a midwife, and even though we’ve left the EU, they’re still referred to as EU numbers. 

So the big document is really about recording and evidencing what the students have done. 

So it’s complicated. Midwifery and nursing are different occupations, I’m both so I feel that I’ve got a foot in both camps. But nurses don’t have to count the number of things that midwives do. And we do get a little bit obsessed about counting things. 

So, the evidence seen within the eMORA is fabulous because it doesn’t go away. It can’t get lost, it can’t get stolen, it’s just there, it’s a permanent thing. It also means that when they’ve qualified, they can take it with them. So they can look back on the birth that they had on the 4th of April in 2020 or whenever it might have been. So it’s a really nice thing to keep. 




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