Well it is a big day today.
I have finally completed my thesis for my Masters Degree. It is now finally completely complete. I just have to get it to the printer and get it bound etc. The title of my thesis is "Wise Women's Web: Rural midwives communities of practice". I interviewed midwives in focus groups from around the South island of New Zealand and made some interesting discoveries about how midiwives inform practice in a rural setting.
I am now interest in finding tools that might help midwives get together with other midwives to share practice experience. I think the internet might have a role to play for some midwives, although there is nothing like getting together over a cup of tea and having a good old chat. Can the internet ever come close to this type of networking and sharing and if so how? How can online information sharing be a useful and valuable tool and still maintain confidentiality? How can midwives share pracitice experience and seek advice in a learning environment while keeping themselves professionally safe.
These are questions I need to continue to ponder.