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Designing a platform to support midwives…The Research Protocol is out!…are you in?

As I was preparing for my yearly performance review this week, I had a new maternity unit want to learn more about my research. More and more people are wanting to join the swell of participants, willingly giving their time to help shape the design of a platform designed to support midwives in psychological distress. This is becoming a powerful collective movement just in time for the launch of the first round of Delphi questioning. By the end of this month I will be sending out the questions whose answers will shape the design of an online intervention. These are indeed exciting times.

Midwives online support

I wanted to thank those who have shown a last minute interest in taking part in this study. Your opinions will be valued ones and I cannot wait to see the ideas and opinions that will shape this project. There is still time to get involved if you, or someone else you know would like to enhance the evidence base for this project. You can read more about becoming involved with the project here.

For those already invested, I wanted to share the full protocol with you in the interests of transparency. This has now been published within the Journal of Medical Internet Research protocols, and you can read it in full here or below.

Pezaro, S, Clyne, W (2015) Achieving Consensus in the Development of an Online Intervention Designed to Effectively Support Midwives in Work-Related Psychological Distress: Protocol for a Delphi Study. JMIR Res Protoc 2015 (Sep 04); 4(3):e107

This paper details how this study will generate a consensus around the development of an online intervention designed to support midwives in psychological distress. With your involvement and support, the ideas you contribute will inform the design and build of a new platform, which I hope will go on to make a difference.

Thank you to all of you for showing your support and giving your time to this research. I am so looking forward to launching this study with you in a couple of weeks! – Until then my friends…be excellent to each other.

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Happy International Day of the Midwife! #internationaldayofmidwife Conferences & Media coverage galore!

Ok, so today is , and I hope that my PhD research will go on to benefit all midwives and ultimately, women and their babies. It is indeed a time to celebrate.

So how did I celebrate??

Well this bank holiday weekend (May 2nd), I shared my work at the Virtual International Day of the Midwife Conference @VIDofM (). Coverage of this event quickly became widespread, and I certainly met some passionate midwives wanting to make a difference and follow my research – Thank you all for your amazing comments, feedback & support!

If you missed my presentation, you can watch the recorded webinar by clicking HERE – This presentation should also be on YouTube soon.

And so… as word spread, I was asked by Think: Health 2SER – Real Radio 107.3 FM to speak about my project and my presentation at the #ViDoM conference on their health show in Sydney, Australia.

You can listen to my interview HERE – The Full show can be heard HERE

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my work!

Sally Pezaro on Think Health 2SER Real Radio 107.3 FM

Sally Pezaro on Think Health 2SER Real Radio 107.3 FM

Midwives deserve every recognition for the amazing work that they do. They give everything they can because they care and want to make a difference. They put women and their families first, and sometimes forget to care for themselves and each other (Mensah et al, 2015).

So today is a great day to hug a midwife and celebrate their worth and value to the world.

Happy  !!!

Mensah, S. B., & Anderson, J. G. (2015). Barriers and facilitators of the use of mind-body therapies by healthcare providers and clinicians to care for themselves. Complementary therapies in clinical practice.