DIEP is currently developing three academic study modules which incorporate outstanding works of art on a variety of early parenthood experiences by DIEP’s Associate Artists with the aim to to encourage (future) doctors, midwives and other medical and (mental) health professionals to contemplate their wider role and responsibility in the outcome of early parenthood experiences and the potential inter-generational consequences of their decisions.
Two of these modules are currently being piloted at the University of Exeter’s Medical School with a group of Year 1, 2 & 4 medical students that have an interest in pursuing a career in obstetrics and gynaecology.
KNOW YOUR POWER
A study module aimed at encouraging medical students to contemplate how their power will far exceed their scientific knowledge and what this means in terms of their future role and responsibility in the outcome of pregnancy, birth and new parenthood experiences.
THE BUSINESS OF BIRTH
A study module which explores and examines the social, cultural and environmental factors that play a key part in the changing role of the medical profession in relation to 21st century pregnancy, birth and parenting choices.
Student feedback so far:
“It has encouraged me to think about the power that I hold simply by having the title of doctor. It has shown me that there is great importance in empowering my patients and being away of ways in which I may dis-empower my patients, even unintentionally.”
“I don’t think I started this [study module] considering its personal impact on me. However, out of all the projects I have undertaken at medical school, this has probably had the greatest impact on my belief system.”
“It made me think about a career in obstetrics – looking at the artwork produced by women and researching the history of obstetrics and current issues has been inspiring, as it drives me to want to better the care women receive.”