PLEASE READ BEFORE COMPLETING THE APPLICATION

TAZA is a two-way exchange between midwife members of the Midwife Association of Zambia and the American College of Nurse-Midwives, such that individual members of both organizations might advance their midwifery careers and also work to strengthen their respective professional associations.

TAZA was born out of work done by the International Confederation of Midwives and is defined as a twinning relationship. Twinning is an arranged, mutually beneficial set of interactions between midwives of the two organizations, MAZ and ACNM. Twinning most often occurs between individuals and sometimes small groups of midwives with similar professional interest. Potential participants for TAZA work will have been introduced to the twinning concept by their respective professional organizations. Applications will be made available online with instructions regarding the options for submission. Participants will be matched using a minimum of two compatibility criteria as identified on the twinning application.
 
If no match is immediately available, interested participants will be notified, and the application placed on hold. The sister organization will be updated approximately monthly on the professional interest of applicants waiting to be matched.

 
Inclusion Criteria for Participants

-Self-identified interest in a professional relationship with a midwife from the twin association.

- Applicants must be midwives or student midwives and a member of their respective professional organization MAZ/ACNM.

- Applicants must complete and submit application to be used for matching purposes.

-Participants must agree to work to maintain the twinning relationship for minimum one year after initial match.

-Applicants should be willing to complete surveys about the twinning experience occasionally and at the end of participation in twinning.

-Basic computer literacy, access to the internet and ability to use Facebook and Skype or Google Hangout.

-Ability to send and receive emails, and sufficient office tools to upload and download documents to be shared.
 

Recommendations for Participants

-A minimum contact frequency of once a month between twins although more frequent contact is encouraged.

- At the beginning of the twinning relationship, establish the best communication tools for each individual as well as what times might work to actually talk (it is helpful to have a clock set to the twin time zone; most computers have the capacity for multiple clocks).

- Participants will be sent information about cultural differences and similarities between the two countries and also about differences and similarities in midwifery practices.

- Clear communication can prevent misunderstandings so before sending email, text or documents review your work for completeness and comprehensibility.

- Remember that practice standards might be quite different for your twin. If communication seems confused or illogical, try using the scientific method or application of the nursing process model to help you determine what might be missing. Doing a proper assessment can prevent you from jumping to an unsubstantiated or incorrect conclusion.

- If greater than 2 months pass without contact between matched twins, or a twin is no-longer able to participate in the twinning relationship, the twin matching contact person must be informed.

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