Jane Cross, a graduate midwife from the University of the West of England, has been presented with an award for developing an innovative teaching aid for expectant mothers, which uses fabric babies that can be attached to T-shirts to show foetal positions in the womb.
By using the shirts women can “wear” and observe a range of foetal positions during discussions with their midwife on optimal foetal positioning.
Jane said, “I have created a set of four 3D babies adopting key positions – Occiput Anterior (OA); Occiput Posterior (OP); Extended Breech and Flexed Breech. They are interchangeable to facilitate discussion on the position of the unborn baby and the implications that position may have on labour and birth. I felt that antenatal education using a dynamic physical trigger on this subject could potentially benefit many women.
“I have shown my teaching aid to several midwives and women, who agreed it was an excellent way of communicating the necessary information in an interesting way. I am delighted to have won the £1000 Tricia Anderson award which will enable me to produce more of these high quality, tactile learning aids as well as information leaflets for women on optimal fetal positioning and for midwives on the use of the Tshirts.”
Ms Cross received the 2010 Tricia Anderson award from the Iolanthe Midwifery Trust at an awards ceremony in Cardiff.