Examining arts-based practice in midwifery education: An integrative review

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Aims: The aim of this integrative review is to synthesise the literature on creative teaching methods in midwifery education. The review question seeks to investigate the experiences of student midwives and midwifery educators of using creative methods as a learning approach.

Background: The benefits of creative teaching methods are widely acknowledged but the ways in which this may impact midwifery students’ learning processes, or how this relates to their developing professional development, is not well understood. Research focused specifically on student midwives is yet to be synthesised.

Design: An integrative review was undertaken using data comparison with reflexive thematic analysis to identify common themes.

Methods: Eight electronic databases were searched with key terms in June 2022. English language studies from qualitative, quantitative, mixed-methods and wider literature were included.

Results: Twenty-two texts were included in the synthesis. Four themes were generated from the data; 1) What is the offering - More than a lecture; exploring the educator and student exchange and environment for learning; 2) Working in parallel - examining the change in teaching dynamic and collaborative partnerships; 3) Journeying towards holism - focused on student’s integration of learning processes; and 4) Stepping into the professional - engaging with how using creativity can aid students’ growing sense of themselves as professionals. This highlights improvements in levels of confidence, professional development and emotional intelligence in midwifery students.

Conclusion: Creative teaching and learning methods enable student midwives to make meaningful connections between theoretical and practice learning environments, assisting knowledge and skills acquisition.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103745
JournalNurse Education in Practice
Early online date25 Aug 2023
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023


  • Creativity
  • Arts-based education
  • Student midwives
  • Midwifery Students
  • Professional Development
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Professional development
  • Midwifery students

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