Nurturing My Potential
Dr Jen Leamon
Releasing The Potential By Listening. Research Abstract reviewer for International Midwifery Conference
Development Towards Output 2008
I listen, I hear, I attend to what I hear, Centre for Qualitative research enhanced national / international
Completion of and Presentation of the WitH ME Study at a I hear of the importance to you of being listened to. links from Master Class attendance.
national midwifery conference. I feel we all have a desire, a need to be heard, Reviewer for Midwifery Journal
Coordination of an action research project reviewing four I feel we have potential to grow and flourish when listened to. Links with a Midwife who commissions books: Learning from
elements of the pre registration midwifery programme. Listening and attending are like a gift, Stories about Childbirth; This links my Doctorate and subsequent
Completes Sept. 2007 Recognise its simple complexity, reflective professional development activity with students story
July 2007 Presentation at Women & Child Health Embrace its power as a gift you can give others and others give to sharing work.
Symposium you. My cross professional and School ALG Group enabled sharing,
Preparation of paper for publication I am currently being reframing of ideas and affirming future action plans.
supported by my Mentor Jenny Moon Jen Leamon 2007
West Howe Midwifery Evaluation: The WitH ME Study
By Dr Jen Leamon & Anne Viccars
Senior Lecturers in Midwifery
An Evaluation of the Impact of Midwifery care provided to women and their
families within the Sure Start Bournemouth Scheme at the Kinson and West
Howe Children’s Centre.
Sure Start Midwifery Practice
The Midwives role was set up four years ago as ‘add on’ to that provided by the community midwives.
Their care was aimed at hard to reach vulnerable women, including teenage mothers and drug users. Other
activities included a strong public health role such as antenatal and postnatal education, supporting
breastfeeding, and enabling smoking cessation in pregnancy. Over time their role has evolved. The
midwives now do all of the above and provide midwifery care to a growing number of women who find it
difficult to access main stream care. This includes some women with complex or high level needs, families The midwives give me
with child protection or domestic violence issues. They also provide pregnancy testing and family confidence as a parent.
planning advice and maintain an active involvement in the Centre activities. (Parent)
The Environment Going to the centre Bumps & Babies
It’s not only for your children it’s a place for us as Parents make friends; a lot of them haven’t made
This area wasn’t chosen for a sure-start area for
well, to meet up with other people. You know its friends before. They do see, they learn about playing
no reason at all, we’re talking about an area of
good for the kids but it’s also good for the parents with the child because a lot of the mums haven’t realised
disadvantage, we’re talking about results if you
as well, I think. (Parent.) that little babies can learn to play you can stimulate
like in terms of children’s welfare, how well they them you can enjoy it, so they have learnt that and that’s
do at school and all these things. just by the early years workers are great at modelling
Bumps & Babies
(Centre staff) behaviour: they just get on and do that. So, apart from
You know, I walked into bumps and babies recently,
teach them we do a lot of modelling behaviour here and
there were five women sat on the floor it does, it slowly, slowly it does work. (Sure Start
I think that for a lot of parents the sure start breastfeeding, I thought; Oh my God! Fantastic!
midwives are the first representatives of the Midwife)
(Sure Start Midwife)
Centre that they see and the fact that they go so
far to build up families’ trust, and most people The Centre.
are quite happy that they are having a baby and The Quality of Sure Start Midwifery Care
I think that the service we offer now would not be the
so its quite a nice thing that they can come in My pregnancy was stressful anyway and they same service without the midwives they play a massive
helped take the edge off of it and sometimes I just
with that to access other services. (Centre staff) used to sit and sob and she would just sit and part in it. If we did not have midwives I think that we
listen. Having somebody listen, and having no just be like other services offering early years care and
time limit on things, she was here sometimes two activities like crèche and we would not be any
Full report available @ or three hours. It was unconditional support, you different. I think it would affect how many parents
just can’t get that anywhere. (Parent) would use it. (Centre staff)
bournemouth.ac.uk/resgroupmi The With Me Study used a Qualitative Approach
The study data was gathered via focus groups with Women, Fathers, Stakeholders, Lay and Professionals who
link with the Sure Start Children’s Centre. A smaller number of individual interviews were undertaken with
women unable to attend the centre and stakeholders. In both we used a semi structured approach where
questions were developed from cross referencing the Government documents: The National Service Framework
and Every Child Matters to identify evaluation outcomes for the study. The Study was funded by the Kinson
and West Howe Children’s Centre & Bournemouth University