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Midwives learn sign language

18th February 2011

The De Montfort University at Leicester has become the first to train midwives in sign language so they can better support deaf women in labour.

Students are being taught basic sign language so they can communicate with deaf women without an interpreter and be able to respond more effectively, especially in emergency situations when an interpreter may not be on hand. Bernadette Gregory, senior lecturer in midwifery at DMU, is running the course with the help of local charity Action Deafness.


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Article Information

Title: Midwives learn sign language
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 17624
Date Added: 18th Feb 2011


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