Art in a Midwifery Curriculum

Wendy Clark Jessiman, Irene Murray

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Registered nurses (RNs) come to Shortened Midwifery programmes with varied knowledge and skills. It is important to explore different ways to support RNs, transitioning to become midwives. From the outset, art was integrated into all aspects of the programme to promote learning and to support them to make connections during their personal and professional journey. This gave students opportunities to explore the deeper emotional aspects of childbearing.
Students created illustrations, wall hangings, poems, and designed their own midwifery units.

What art did for students:

Enhanced the student experience
Provided a catalyst for learning
Promoted creative thinking
Facilitated the personal growth of students
Supported the transition from nurse to midwife

What midwifery educators saw and loved:

Growth of professional identity
Growth in confidence
Greater criticality and accountability
Evidence of compassionate midwifery care integrated into assessment
Group creativity
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Specialist publicationThe practising midwife
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 2024


  • art, curriculum, midwifery


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