Development of an Online Education Program for Midwives in Australia to Improve Perinatal Oral Health

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It is recommended that all pregnant women should receive a comprehensive oral health evaluation because poor maternal oral health may affect pregnancy outcomes and the general health of the woman and her baby. Midwives are well placed to provide dental health advice and referral. However, in Australia, little emphasis has been placed on the educational needs of midwives to undertake this role. This article outlines the development of an online education program designed to improve midwives’ dental health knowledge, prepare them to assess the oral health of women, refer when required, and provide appropriate dental education to women and their families. The program consists of reading and visual material to assist with the oral health assessment process and includes competency testing.

Keywords: antenatal care; childbirth education; midwives; perinatal oral health

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/1058-1243.21.2.112

Affiliations: Centre for Applied Nursing Research for the South Western Sydney Local Health District, Australia

Publication date: January 1, 2012

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