I'd like to introduce Aster Purdey and her beautiful snuggly sling wrapped baby who I recently met at the RCM conference 2018. Aster is a second year midwifery student at the University of Cumbria, currently on maternity leave. She is passionate about midwifery and feminism, with a specific interest in promoting physiological birth and home birth.
At the RCM our conversations led to resuscitation with an intact cord, we shared a fascination with physiology and how it makes sense to protect the newborn from the harms of immediate cord clamping at such a vulnerable time. Aster told me she'd written a reflection about it and I asked her if she'd share it with us... and she didn't disappoint. Thank you Aster xxx
This reflection is about delayed cord clamping (DCC) in infants who are born requiring resuscitation. Critical reflection is a useful technique to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and clinical practice (Horton-Deutsch and Sherwood, 2008), enabling students to broaden their understanding of a situation from different personal, empirical and ethical perspectives (Johns, 1995).
The reflection is structured using Bower’s Reflective Model (2015) (See Appendix A). I chose this model because it is designed to encourage exploration of a topic from multiple perspectives (Bowers, 2015), which is fundamental to critical reflection (Hatton and Smith, 1995). I have adapted the model by removing the second and final questions as I did not feel it was relevant to this reflection.