Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject students will be assisted to recognise and manage situations that compromise the birth process and which have the potential to be harmful to the woman and the foetus/baby. Studies incorporate the provision of safe competent care during labour and birth whilst supporting the woman's choices and being an advocate for the woman. Developing an understanding of the boundaries of midwifery practice in a birth setting and knowing when to refer the woman to other health professionals as determined by the woman's need for care are explored. The subject also includes the management of situations such as emergency care, and birth options that may be considered as a result of the challenge to the normal birth process.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorMichelle Newton

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites MID1PRE and MID2NLB and MID2PNC and MID3NEO and MID3CPR


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjects MID41CBA

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsMyles textbook for midwivesPrescribedFraser, D M and Cooper, M A 2009,ELSEVIER, UK
ReadingsPhysiology in childbearingRecommendedStables, D & Rankin, J 2010BAILLERE TINDALL, EDINBURGH

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Week 09-23, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSarah Hay

Class requirements

Laboratory Class
One 6.0 hours laboratory class per study period and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 09 - 23
Five 6.0 hours lecture other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 09 to week 23 and delivered via face-to-face.

Placement - Off Site
One 20.0 days placement - off site per study period and delivered via face-to-face.
"Students will complete 160 hours (approximately 20 days) of clinical placement throughout the teaching period, usually in block mode over four weeks."

One 4.0 hours workshop per study period and delivered via online.


Assessment elementComments%
contributions to online discussionHurdle requirement20
one 3,500 word assignmentHurdle requirement40
one 3-hour written examinationHurdle requirement40