Neil Prose – Respectful Maternity Care Training in Chile

I’ve recently begun teaching at the University of Aysén in southern Chile, in the small city of Coyhaique. The university has created a course for young men and women to become midwives, and my job is to create a curriculum in respectful maternity care. The focus of the curriculum is on specific communication skills: how to pay attention, reflect back what we’ve heard, and involve the patients in joint decision-making. The most exciting part of the course has been working with an actress in the area who becomes the patient and helps our students perform role play to improve their skills. The students here are idealistic and energetic; the majority come from farming families and are intent on improving the quality of healthcare in the region. Working with them has been an extreme pleasure.

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