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Can intuitive knowledge be taught in midwifery practice?

Barnfather, T. (2013) Can intuitive knowledge be taught in midwifery practice? British Journal of Midwifery. 21(2), pp. 131-136. 0969-4900.

Item Type: Article
Abstract: This paper critically analyses the notion of midwifery epistemology and the ontological view that intuitive knowledge, while inbuilt, develops into tacit knowledge. Through pre-registration midwifery programmes learning strategies are identified that enable students to develop tacit knowledge. The art of midwifery education, both pre-registration and lifelong, is to learn to believe in an individual’s intuition. Intuitive knowledge is a type of knowing, the art of midwifery that is difficult to articulate but fundamental for best practice. Midwives rely on the model that childbirth is a normal phenomenon. The learner has to travel a complex and exciting journey, meeting academic requirements, fulfil women’s expectations and learn to listen to her/his inner self. Through this process of learning, theoretical knowledge, developing clinical acumen and awareness of self, the sum of the parts is more than the whole
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General) > R735 Medical education. Medical schools. Research
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics > RG950 Midwifery
Creators: Barnfather, Tracey
Publisher: MA Healthcare Ltd.
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Health & Society > Midwifery
Faculties > Faculty of Health & Society > Midwifery
Date: 5 February 2013
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 131-136
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Midwifery
Volume: 21
Number: 2
Language: English
ISSN: 0969-4900
Status: Published / Disseminated

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