Optimising the Follow-through Experience for Midwifery Learning

  • Linda Sweet
  • Pauline Glover
Part of the Professional and Practice-based Learning book series (PPBL, volume 7)


This chapter is based on research that sought to understand the midwifery learning that occurs through a continuity clinical practice model called the follow-through experience. The follow-through experience is a core component of the midwifery curriculum and students are required to undertake 30 of these experiences over the 3-year Bachelor of Midwifery programme. Midwifery students engage with pregnant women and negotiate to observe and participate in their antenatal, birth, and postnatal experience. This continuity of care practice model enables the midwifery student to enact the intended curriculum, resulting in rich experiential learning. This research has also identified unintended learning that arose from a hidden curriculum. A conceptual model to support learning before, during, and after the follow-through experience is proposed.


Conceptual Knowledge Procedural Knowledge Hide Curriculum Midwifery Practice Midwifery Care 
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The authors wish to acknowledge the support provided by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Flinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Flinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

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