INMO Professional Development Centre ­ Library Services - Midwifery Education

PDC course facilitator Aparna Shukla reports on some of the library resources supporting the Art and Science of Antenatal Education programme

The Art and Science of Antenatal Education two-day programme recently delivered in the Professional Development Centre was extremely successful. The workshop prepared midwives to design an effective antenatal education programme for expectant mothers and fathers. The philosophy of this course is based on the principles of adult learning and on the belief that antenatal education is a health promotion activity. Participants were prepared to encourage expectant parents to see themselves as competent and able to make informed choices for themselves and for their baby.

Participants reported enjoying the group work, prenatal yoga, meditation and in particular learning from each other and developing a new network of contacts. This workshop provided a very active learning experience and activities like the labour practical workstation and baby massage created a positive learning environment.

Midwifery resources
The Professional Development Centre library service supports all education programmes with reading lists and the latest evidence-based research. The following are some examples of guidelines and articles on the topics covered in the Art and Science of Antenatal Education workshop.

How to access articles and guidelines
As an INMO member, you have access to hundreds of journals as well as databases such as Intermid, Maternity and Infant Care and Cinahl. To access, visit and then click on Nurse2Nurse. The front page of nurse2nurse has links to the articles and guidelines mentioned above. If you need further information or assistance from the Professional Development Centre library services please call: 01 664 0614 or email:

INMO Professional Development Centre ­ Library Services - Midwifery Education

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