Education & Training

MU Academy

What is MU Academy?

Since 2016, MU Academy has been facilitating workshops in mainland Europe, the UK and further afield supporting the development and management of midwifery-led units. We are excited to announce the launch in early 2019, of 8 new e-learning modules, offering dedicated training to midwives and support staff working in midwifery units, as well as community midwives and obstetric unit staff.

Why MU Academy?

Our courses focus on helping all staff working within or supporting midwifery units including staff from any obstetric unit (OU) receiving transfers, feel safe and competent in supporting physiological birth, recognising when labour deviates from physiology and dealing with obstetric emergencies in midwife-led settings. Our vision is that staff understand and appreciate women’s autonomy and work in partnership with women and their families.

Who is part of the MU Academy?

Our training programme is developed by a team of educational experts, practitioners, academics and service users to respond to the needs of the multi-disciplinary team in midwifery-led settings. We work in collaboration with a network of consultant midwives, clinicians and academics to deliver high quality training across the country.

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Midwifery Unit Academy

E-Learning modules
Face-to-face workshops

E-Learning Module 1

Midwifery Units: An Introduction

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Module 1: Midwifery Units: an introduction

Module description
This module is an introduction to midwifery units (MU) and their purpose, showcasing current research on midwifery units which has been conducted in England. The module aims to support individuals such as service users, midwives, doctors, managers and many more who are working to influence and promote the development of midwifery units.

Key Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the key features of a midwifery unit
  • Describe current maternity services, policies and provision of MU’s
  • Use evidence to explain the impact of developing more MU’s in Europe
  • Highlight the key components of a well performing MU
  • Outline the challenges that midwives face and provide practical solutions for improvement

This module consists of an E-Learning video (53 minutes), reflective exercises, additional material and an assessment which all together contributes to a minimum of 6 hours of learning.

E-Learning Module 2

Personalised care and partnership in decision making

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Module 2: Personalised care and partnership in decision making

Module description
This module focuses on the concepts of women’s autonomy, personalised care and partnership in decision making. It guides you through the historical factors that led to impersonal maternity care systems, whilst referring to legislation that empowers women to survive, thrive and transform. The module addresses the management of risk and the organisational culture in maternity care. In addition, it refers to and explores continuity of carer as part of the solution to midwifery units, describing the benefit of personalised care plans using successful real-life personalised birth stories.

Key learning outcomes:

  • Understand the importance of maternity care experiences for women and their families
  • Describe the ethical and legal principles underpinning women’s autonomy
  • Reflect on the impact of risk culture
  • Reflect on the impact of organisational culture
  • Understand how continuity of carer is part of the solution
  • Practical advice on how to develop a personalised care plan tool

This module consists of an E-Learning video (1 hour), reflective exercises, additional material and an assessment which all together contributes to a minimum of 6 hours of learning.

    E-Learning Module 3

    Optimal Intrapartum Care: how to safely reduce unnecessary interventions

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    Module 3: Optimal Intrapartum Care: how to safely reduce unnecessary interventions

    This module focuses on the foundations for optimal intrapartum care and optimal birth. It explores the shared philosophies that promote safety and identifies evidence-based strategies to optimise birth outcomes through an understanding of pragmatic and safe approaches to reducing unnecessary interventions in maternity care.

    Key Learning Outcomes:

    • Understand maternity unit culture and its impact on the care received
    • Describe the boundaries of normality for labour and birth
    • Describe and implement the 10 Pillars of Optimal Intrapartum Care

    This module consists of an E-Learning video (1 hour and 5 minutes), reflective exercises, additional material and an assessment which all together contributes to a minimum of 6 hours of learning.

       

      E-Learning Module 4

      Intermittent ‘intelligent’ auscultation

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      Module 4: Intermittent ‘intelligent’ auscultation

      Module Description
      This is a practical, interactive module which focuses on the appropriate use of intermittent auscultation, also known as intelligent auscultation (IA).  The learning material is underpinned by evidence-based research and explores the importance of intermittent auscultation and the rationale for its use for women with uncomplicated pregnancies.

      Key learning outcomes

      • Understand the physiology of the fetal heart and types of hypoxia
      • Describe the key facts and evidence of IA in relation to women with uncomplicated pregnancies
      • Increase knowledge on abnormal IA findings and how to act on them
      • Identify common mistakes and tips on how to avoid them

      This module consists of an E-Learning video (42 minutes), reflective exercises, additional material and an assessment which all together contributes to a minimum of 4 hours of learning.

        Workshop 1

        Optimal Intrapartum Care; how to safely reduce unnecessary interventions.

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        Workshop 1: Optimal Intrapartum Care; how to safely reduce unnecessary interventions.

        Workshop description

        This foundation workshop will support the multi-disciplinary maternity team to provide optimal intrapartum and personalised care. It focuses on providing foundation level knowledge on the ‘10 pillars for optimal intrapartum care’ and aims to encourage a shared philosophy among the maternity care team that promotes safety and optimum birth. This workshop uses evidence-based strategies to optimise birth outcomes and includes a focus on the important value of counselling women appropriately on birth place options, thus supporting the notion of women-centred maternity services. The pillars for optimal birth can be applied in all settings including homebirth, midwifery-led and obstetric units.

        This workshop is suitable for all maternity health professionals and the wider birth community (doulas / hypnobirthing teachers / service-user groups.)

        Affiliated e-learning module: 3

        Workshop taught hour: 6 hours, classroom-based

        Affiliated workshop: Workshop 5: Advanced optimal intrapartum care

        Facilitators: Midwifery Unit Network Director team and associate facilitators

        Venue – various:
        follow Midwifery Unit Academy tabs to view venue and availability.

         

        Workshop 2

        Waterbirth and non – pharmacological techniques as part of holistic intrapartum care

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        Workshop 2: Waterbirth and non – pharmacological techniques as part of holistic intrapartum care

        Workshop description

        this workshop will support the multi-disciplinary maternity team to provide optimal intrapartum and personalised care for women who choose hydrotherapy for birthing, alongside women who include non-pharmacological and complementary therapies in their birthing plans. The workshop uses evidence-based knowledge to increase practitioner understanding of a range of techniques that optimise the support, care and safe use of hydrotherapy and complementary therapies during birth. There is a particular emphasis on the use of water for labour and birth. Please note, this workshop serves as an overview of complementary therapies and does not support a qualification in any given therapy.

        This workshop is suitable for all maternity health professionals and the wider birth community (doulas / hypnobirthing teachers / service-user groups.)

        Affiliated e-learning module: 2 and 3

        Taught workshop hours: 6 hours, classroom based

        Affiliated workshop: Workshop 3: Optimal intrapartum care

        Facilitators: Midwifery Unit Network Director team and associate facilitators

        Venue – various: follow Midwifery Unit Academy tabs to view venue and availability

            Workshop 3

            Personalised care and partnership in decision-making

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             Workshop 3: Personalised care and partnership in decision-making

            Workshop description

            This workshop will support the multi-disciplinary maternity team to provide optimal care that focuses on the concepts of women’s autonomy, personalised care and partnership in decision-making. The implementation of respectful maternity care is paramount when providing a collaborative and relationship-focussed approach to maternity services. This workshop will develop knowledge and understanding of the key barriers and facilitators to respectful care, including ethical and legal dimensions, clinical impact and communication skills required to fully embrace personalised care for women and their families.

            This workshop is suitable for all maternity health professionals and the wider birth community (doulas / hypnobirthing teachers / service-user groups.) This workshop may appeal to practitioners / leaders involved with quality improvement projects.

            Affiliated e-learning module: module 2

            Taught workshop hours: 6 hours, classroom based

            Facilitators: Midwifery Unit Network Director team and associate facilitators

            Venue – various: follow Midwifery Unit Academy tabs to view venue and availability.

               

              Workshop 4

              Assessment, escalation and transfer from midwife-led settings

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              Workshop 4: Assessment, escalation and transfer from midwife-led settings

              Workshop description

              This workshop will support the multi-disciplinary maternity team to improve the identification and timely management of obstetric emergencies in a midwife-led setting (alongside MU, freestanding MU or home birth.) It is particularly relevant to practising midwives who work in or support these settings. The workshop discusses a systematic, evidence-based team approach to managing childbirth emergencies, together with a focus on the manual and communication skills required for the safe and effective management of obstetric emergencies in midwifery-led settings. Exploring and critiquing the impact of human factors and cross-boundary working in the assessment, escalation and transfer of care is discussed throughout the module.

              This workshop is suitable for all maternity health professionals and the wider birth community (doulas / hypnobirthing teachers / service-user groups.) This workshop appeals to practitioners who work in or lead teams in a midwife-led setting.

              Affiliated e-learning module: module 4

              Taught workshop hours: 6 hours, classroom based

              Facilitators: Midwifery Unit Network Director team and associate facilitators

              Venue – various: follow Midwifery Unit Academy tabs to view venue and availability.

              Workshop 7

              How to enhance a midwifery unit 

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              Workshop 7: How to enhance a midwifery unit

              Workshop description

              This workshop will support the multi-disciplinary maternity team to build-on and improve an existing midwife-led intrapartum service. Enhancing a midwifery unit involves careful strategy, innovative leadership and a firm commitment to women-centred care to have a realistic impact on the bio-psycho-social dimensions of birth and improve the quality and safety elements of a midwifery unit. The workshop aims to offer the tools and resources for service enhancement and is underpinned by the research and evidence contained within the Midwifery Unit Standards (2018), utilising a systematic and dynamic approach to lead discussions and groupwork on how to improve a midwife-led service using the 10 key themes detailed within this document.

              This workshop is suitable for all maternity health professionals and the wider birth community (doulas / hypnobirthing teachers / service-user groups.) This workshop appeals to practitioners who work in or lead teams in a midwifery unit.

              Affiliated e-learning module: module 1

              Taught workshop hours: 6 hours, classroom based

              Facilitators: Midwifery Unit Network Director team and associate facilitators

              Venue – various: follow Midwifery Unit Academy tabs to view venue and availability.

               

              Workshop 13

              Train the trainer: how to facilitate an active birth workshop

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              Workshop 13: Train the trainer: how to facilitate an active birth workshop

              Workshop description

              This workshop is delivered over 2 days and aims to offer a robust, practical approach to both the design, implementation and facilitation of Active Birth Workshops (ABW’s) for women and their birth supporters, a specific component of women-focussed antenatal education. We believe offering a well-run and structured Active Birth Workshop should be a core component of any maternity service that puts optimal birth at the forefront of choice and quality care. The workshops will be led by an experienced midwife team who have expertise in both teaching, academia and facilitating ABW’s within hospital and community settings. Our train-the-trainer workshop uses practical techniques to build skills and confidence, not only in the facilitation of running this type of antenatal education, but in setting a vision, building a rapport with women and their families, marketing and key design aspects required to run an effective class.

              This workshop is suitable for all maternity health professionals and the wider birth community (doulas / hypnobirthing teachers.) This workshop appeals to practitioners who have a special interest in antenatal education, alongside those who work in or lead community, continuity or midwifery-led teams.

              Affiliated e-learning module: module 3

              Taught workshop hours: 2x 6 hours, classroom based

              Facilitators: Midwifery Unit Network Director team and associate facilitators

              Venue – various: follow Midwifery Unit Academy tabs to view venue and availability.