The Rise of Digital Midwifery: Connecting Midwives

Nancy Fontaine

"I would rate Alertive with five stars. Now, I can say that because I was set up very early on, and I use it with all of the nursing, midwifery and clinical professionals teams - so that's all the 14 allied health professions, pharmacy and the healthcare scientists because those individuals sit in my portfolio. I have had nothing but a good experience from the minute I was put on the application of Alertive. So I love it."

As a digital midwife, you understand the importance of staying up to date with the latest research and connected with colleagues to improve care for mothers and babies. New technologies enable midwives to access critical health information and consult with peers at the point of care like never before. Services such as Alertive allow you to connect instantly with colleagues across locations to discuss complex cases, get second opinions, and make better-informed decisions. With the rise of digital connectivity, midwives now have new opportunities to deliver higher quality care, achieve better outcomes, increase job satisfaction, and advance the midwifery profession. In this article, we’ll explore how digital midwifery is shaping the future of maternity care and improving the lives of midwives and mothers alike.

The Transition to Digital: How Technology Is Transforming Midwifery

As a midwife in today’s digital age, you have many resources at your fingertips to enhance your practice. Alertive connects midwives and provides the information needed to improve outcomes. By leveraging technology, midwives can elevate patient care.

One way midwives utilise technology is through electronic health records (EHRs). EHRs contain patients’ medical histories, diagnoses, medications, immunisation dates, allergies, and test results in one centralised location. With EHRs, midwives have a comprehensive view of a patient’s health and can provide higher quality, coordinated care. 

Online collaboration tools facilitate communication between midwives and physicians. Through platforms like Alertive, midwives can discuss complex cases, get second opinions, and coordinate care plans. This interprofessional collaboration results in better outcomes.

Midwives are also turning to remote patient monitoring (RPM) tools. RPM uses digital technologies like wireless devices and mobile apps to monitor patients outside of care facilities. For example, midwives can monitor high-risk expectant mothers for signs of preeclampsia, like high blood pressure. By detecting health changes early, midwives can intervene quickly.

While technology cannot replace the human touch midwives provide, digital solutions enhance midwifery practices. By leveraging EHRs, RPM, online collaboration tools, and more, midwives worldwide deliver safer, higher-quality patient care. The rise of digital midwifery promises better experiences and improved outcomes for mothers and babies.

Improving Collaboration and Reducing Errors With Clinical Communication Tools

Improving collaboration and reducing errors should be a top priority. Clinical communication tools like Alertive can help achieve these goals by connecting you to colleagues and providing real-time access to critical patient data.

Alertive’s platform gives midwives a dedicated channel to consult with one another on complex cases, share insights, and coordinate care across locations. With Alertive, you can:

  • Securely message other midwives to get quick answers to questions and tap into collective expertise. This real-time collaboration reduces delays in care and prevents errors.
  • Share patient updates, images, and other files to keep colleagues informed. Alertive’s built-in encryption and compliance features keep all data private and secure.
  • Create customisable care teams to streamline communication for high-risk cases or patients with complex needs. Care teams unite midwives, physicians, and other practitioners to improve outcomes.
  • Access a complete view of the patient’s medical history, test results, and care plan in one place. This comprehensive overview, which includes data from across organisations, minimises the chance of confusion, redundancies, and mistakes.

By connecting midwives and equipping them with the information they need at the point of care, Alertive is helping to shape the future of midwifery. Improved collaboration and care coordination leads to better outcomes, higher job satisfaction, and a more rewarding experience for midwives and their patients. Join the digital midwifery movement and see how transformative real-time communication and seamless data sharing can be.

The Future Is Digital: Why Midwives Need to Embrace Technology Now

Midwifery is an ancient practice that traditionally relies on in-person care, apprenticeships, and word-of-mouth knowledge sharing. However, midwives must embrace new digital technologies to continue improving outcomes in the 21st century. Online platforms and mobile solutions can connect midwives worldwide, accelerate learning, and spread best practices.

Expand Your Knowledge

There are many high-quality resources for midwives available online. Websites like Midwifery Today, Evidence Based Birth, and the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health publish research studies, case reviews, and advice columns on the latest techniques and technologies. Online courses on sites such as FutureLearn and Udemy cover topics like water birth, postpartum care, and breastfeeding support. Midwives should tap into these resources to strengthen their knowledge and skills.

Build Your Network

Social networks and online communities allow midwives to connect with each other. They can lead to mentorships, referrals, job opportunities, and collaborations. Interacting with midwives from diverse backgrounds and locations also promotes a global exchange of ideas.

Go Digital to Improve Care

Integrating digital tools and data into practice can help midwives deliver better care. Electronic health records, for example, give midwives a comprehensive view of a patient’s medical history and allow for more coordinated care between providers. Mobile apps help midwives track key health metrics, set appointment reminders, and stay up-to-date with the latest guidelines. And in rural or underserved areas, telemedicine solutions enable midwives to consult specialists from a distance.

While midwifery has deep roots in traditional knowledge and hands-on care, adopting new technologies will be key to improving outcomes in the future. Midwives can enhance their impact by tapping into online resources, building global connections, and leveraging digital tools and better serve women and families worldwide. The future of midwifery is digital.