This lesson should take around 60 minutes and is appropriate for junior midwifery students, as well as anyone interested in childbirth, Second Life and midwifery education. This activity is designed to support your reflections on your experiences of the virtual birth unit, the learning you have gained from the other learning activities and how you will apply that learning to your midwifery practice in 'real life'. write about your thoughts in the Facebook Group called "Birth, Environment and Second Life". This activity will be open to anyone who is a member of the "Birth, Environment and Second Life" Facebook group.
- Computer and Internet with access to Second Life and Facebook.
- Basic ability to use Second Life and access the Virtual Birthing http://slurl.com/secondlife/Kowhai/82/213/35/
- Extra resources to support this lesson either as links or printed handouts:
- Freedom of movement in birth places By Bianca Lepori 1994.
- Birth territory and midwifery guardianship. Edited by In K. Fahy, M. Foureur & C. Hastie. Published by Edinburgh: Elsevier in 2008. Refer to: Mindbodyspirit architecture: creating birth space (pp 95-112) By Lepori, B, Foureur, M., & Hastie, C.
- Concepts of birth unit design By Sarah Stewart 2009.
- Journalling and Reflective Practice By Sarah Stewart 2008.
- Demonstrate an understanding of childbirth as a normal life event which occurs within diverse social and cultural contexts.
- Discuss the impact of the underpinning philosophies of midwifery on the childbirth experiences of women and the development of midwifery knowledge.
1. Write a 500 word paragraph, record an audio commentary or make a video in which you reflect on your experiences and learning in the virtual birthing unit in Second Life. Answer the following questions:
- What did you learn about birth and the birthing environment?
- How will you apply that learning to your personal midwifery practice?
2.Publish your paragraph, audio clip or video on the Discussion Board of the Facebook page called "Birth, Environment and Second Life".
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