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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Module 1

Midwifery Units: An Introduction


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.

Learning Outcomes:

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

Module 2

Personalised care and partnership in decision making


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. The module refers to and explores continuity of carer as part of the solution to midwifery units. It describes personalised care plans using successful real life personalised birth stories.

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

Module 3

Optimal Intrapartum Care: foundations for the interdisciplinary team


Module 3: Optimal Intrapartum Care, foundations for the interdisciplinary team

Module description
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.

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

Module 4

Intermittent ‘intelligent’ auscultation in midwifery units


Module 4: Intermittent ‘intelligent’ auscultation in midwifery units

Module Description
This is a practical, interactive module which focuses on the appropriate use of intermittent auscultation, also known as intelligent auscultation. This course explores the importance of intermittent auscultation, the rationale for it’s use in women with uncomplicated pregnancies using evidence-based research.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the physiology of the fetal heart and types of hypoxia
  • Describe the key facts and evidence of IA relating to women with uncomplicated pregnancies
  • Gain knowledge on abnormal findings
  • Understand effective communication, both written and verbal
  • Identify common mistakes and tips on how to avoid them