What the lesson is about
It looks at the main healthcare professionals involved in the birth of a child and stimulates discussion about their roles during and after the birth. It is aimed at Year 10 health and social care pupils and is also suitable for pupils studying GCSE child development.
- Pupils know the main healthcare professionals involved during birth and in postnatal care.
- They understand the roles of midwives, health visitors and doctors.
- Some pupils will be able to understand the importance of health professionals in postnatal care and recognise the risks to a baby without them.
Introduce the topic of healthcare professionals and explain why medical professionals are involved during and after the birth. Print and distribute the cards of people present at or after the birth (see link on the TES website).
On one side of the card is a job title such as midwife, neonatologist or obstetrician; on the other is a description of what they do. So for neonatologist, the card says: "A doctor who is an expert on newborn babies", while for obstetrician it is: "A doctor who is an expert in complicated pregnancy and childbirth. Usually works in a hospital."
Ask pupils to arrange the cards on a "diamond nine" grid in order of importance. There is no set answer, but it will allow pupils to question their ideas and others. Discuss whether they found it easy or difficult to place the roles. How did they decide which was most important?
Show the PowerPoint presentation (see link on the TES website) highlighting and explaining the roles of midwives, health visitors and doctors. Hand out the worksheet on the roles of healthcare professionals (see link on the TES website). Ask pupils to fill in the grid, setting out what each person does and where in the process they get involved.
Taking it further
Ask pupils to use the "human jigsaw" pieces (see link on the TES website) to demonstrate what they have learnt about the different occupations. Review the main points of the lesson, focusing on the roles of the midwives, health visitors and doctors. Midwives look after the mother from birth to 10 days, when health visitors take over, and doctors carry out checks on the mother and baby.
Where to find it
The lesson and supporting resources, including PowerPoint, "diamond nine" cards and "human jigsaw" pieces, originally uploaded by litlun19, can be found at www.tes.co.ukhealth care-professionals-birth.