Social media, birth and midwives


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This is a short presentation to get you thinking about the effect social media has on women's choices for birth and midwifery practice. To be honest, I'm left with more questions than answers and recommend that research is carried out in this area to see exactly if and how social media supports childbirth

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Social media, birth and midwives

  1. Social media, birth and midwives Sarah Stewart 2011
  2. What is social media? <ul><li>“ use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into interactive dialogue” </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  3. How does it influence women's choices and midwifery practice?
  4. 8 out of 10 people have looked up health information on the internet Pew Internet and American Life Project, 2011
  5. 83% women go online to look for health information Pew Internet and American Life Project, 2011
  6. 19% of internet users look online for information about pregnancy and childbirth Pew Internet and American Life Project, 2011
  7. Canada 37% babies have digital identity before they are born Dawson, 2010
  8. Australia/NZ 41% newborns on the net Dawson, 2010
  9. USA 92% children have online presence by 2 years old Dawson, 2010
  10. Parents talk about childbirth
  11. They broadcast their births
  12. They share information and advice
  13. They support each other
  14. They build communities of interest
  15. They have virtual births
  16. They become activists
  17. They talk about their midwives
  18. What are the implications for midwives?
  19. Listen to what women are saying
  20. Join the conversation
  21. Use social media to share evidence-based, quality information with women
  22. Support women to make sense of information they find on the internet
  23. Think about how to manage issues of privacy, confidentiality, statutory and professional responsibilities and requirements
  24. Connect with other midwives
  25. Use social media as a tool to support the midwife-woman partnership
  26. References <ul><li>Dawson, R. (2010, October 7). Getting an online identity from before you are born is just the beginning of a life online [web log message]. Retrieved from </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pew Internet and American Life Project. (2011). The social life of health information. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Retrieved from </li></ul></ul>