So I'm student midwife, and I've started caseloading women. One of the women I'm seeing is nearly due. I want to get her a small gift, but I'm not sure what?
Also, do you think it would be odd? She doesn't have to let me caseload her, and I've really enjoyed getting to know her and following her through her journey so far. Just want to show my appreciation.
Somehow I'm not sure a snot sucker quite gives over a certain sentiment of thanks.
When I had my first child we were part of the family study for the first year medical students at the local university. When he was born they gave me a card and a pack of babygro's and I was really touched.
How small of a gift are you thinking? When the supermarkets do "baby events" you can pick up a johnsons toiletry box for around £12 or the mum to be/new mum pamper bag (lotions, bubble bath etc) for the same, maybe less? Just a thought xx
archers see when we've had the boundaries talk, it's been around the use of social media and contact outside of a professional context. However, it's an odd thing to caseload, I do feel the boundaries can blur a smidge. Don't get me wrong, I'm not planning on becoming BFF's.
However on my part, it feels an immense privilege to see someone through their journey to parenthood. To just say 'see ya' when her care ends feels a bit anti climatic. I suppose part of me just wants to mark it in a small way.
Woops meant to say or a book! Reading to a new baby is lovely. I adored getting books for my DC. He's still so young that he's only interested in the textures ones that he can interact with so we have a lovely range of that and other books
I'm a midwife and I caseload women, working on call for them. I personally would not do this. However if I was set on it, then no more than A card. Professional relationship and boundaries are even more important when caseloading. Best wishes
Can I ask how it works the other way round please? I'm under a specialist midwifery team, and my midwife has gone above and beyond as far as I am concerned. Without her I don't think I could have coped with my pregnancy as well as I have. She has never failed to answer a text, and really takes her time. I will obviously write a card thanking her and being specific. Would a box of chocolates cut it? Or something more personal? I know she knits so could get a couple of balls of nice wool.
I wouldn't like to receive a gift from a healthcare professional in those circumstances. It is overstepping a mark.
I would be worried if I were you about the quality of your course. Before you are in clinical contact with patients, you should be crystal clear on ethical questions like this one. I'd advise you to tell your tutors that you feel unprepared for this situation and that the class should have further guidance on these issues.
A token gift in the other direction, from patient to midwife, would not pose the same concerns. However I'd avoi anything too personal - the relationship is supposed to be professional. If it starts blurring into friendship, then that could compromise your quality of care and your midwife's objectiveness.
Make sure you check with your university etc. I know we wouldn't be allowed to do this as you have to maintain that boundary, even more so when caseloading as you can become quite involved with one family. A think a thank you card thanking the family for the experience and the privilege of sharing an important moment with them would be lovely and enough.
Whilst I understand your concerns, I was already feeling a little conflicted about it all hence why I asked here for a womans perspective.
This person and her family are facilitating my learning, they don't have to do it. They've had me following them around for the last several months. In my eyes, the thought was a token gesture of thanks for how they've worked with me and helped me.
However, I have taken on board your points and will just write a nice card out. Thank you for your posts, they've been helpful.