Clinicians in the classroom: the consultant anaesthetist

Alison Power, Kalpna Gupta

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In 2013–14, 166 081 babies born in England—accounting for 26.2% of all births in the country—were born by caesarean section (Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), 2015). Epidural or caudal anaesthesia was required in 16.4% of births, while spinal anaesthetics were used in 15.1% of births (HSCIC, 2015). Support from obstetric anaesthesia services is also required in obstetric emergencies such as postpartum haemorrhage and eclampsia. Modern maternity services require a multi-professional approach to providing high-quality care, and it is therefore important that pre-registration midwifery education prepares student midwives to work in such an environment. This is the fourth in a series of articles exploring the value of expert clinicians’ participation in teaching pre-registration midwifery students in the classroom setting. This article will consider sessions at the University of Northampton facilitated by Dr Kalpna Gupta, consultant anaesthetist at Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Issue number5
Early online date2 May 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 May 2016


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