POSTNATAL CARE OF THE NEW FAMILY

MID2PCN

2015

Credit points: 30

Subject outline

Students will focus on caring for the mother and baby after childbirth. This will include a variety of normal and complex physiological and psychological adaptations occurring for new mothers during the first 28 days following the birth. The subject will also focus on the normal newborn, and will include some consideration of newborns with more complex issues such as borderline prematurity; pain management; and hypoglycaemia. Students will learn about the role of the midwife in providing postnatal care, including infant feeding, promotion and establishment of breastfeeding and the provision of information, choices and support to empower the woman and her family during this period. Issues relating to parents who lose their baby will also be examined and students will build on their interpersonal skills when examining concepts of attachment, grief and loss. Reflective, evidence-informed practice, clinical decision making skills and a professional attitude will be used and developed.

SchoolSchool of Nursing & Midwifery

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorHelen McLachlan

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites MID2CLB

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsMyles Textbook for MidwivesPrescribedFraser DM, and Cooper MAChurchill-Livingstone
ReadingsEssential Midwifery Practice: Postnatal CareRecommendedByrom S, Edwards G, Bick DWiley-Blackwell

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. On successful completion of this subject the student is expected to be able to: Perform a comprehensive assessment, and provide safe and effective midwifery care to the woman during the postnatal period according to the scope of practice of the midwife.

Activities:
Face to face lectures Small group work / tutorial based activities, Audio-visual resources E-learning modules with web-based activities Clinical placement Students will be expected to submit a written reflection of their placement. These reflections are to be critical and function as a learning tool as a means of analysing practice as a midwife.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Communication (Communication)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

02. Provide care to the newborn baby

Activities:
Face to face lectures Small group work / tutorial based activities, Audio-visual resources E-learning modules with web-based activities Clinical placement
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Communication (Communication)

03. Provide contemporary best practice information, assistance and advice to the woman on nutrition needs and feeding of her infant

Activities:
Face to face lectures Small group work / tutorial based activities, Audio-visual resources E-learning modules with web-based activities Clinical placement
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Writing (Writing)
Communication (Communication)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

04. Discuss information about screening tests and immunisation for the newborn infant

Activities:
Face to face lectures Small group work / tutorial based activities, Audio-visual resources E-learning modules with web-based activities Clinical placement
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Communication (Communication)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)

05. Support and educate mothers and families during the postnatal period

Activities:
Face to face lectures Small group work / tutorial based activities, Audio-visual resources E-learning modules with web-based activities Clinical placement
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Communication (Communication)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Week 30-43, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHelen McLachlan

Class requirements

Evidence Based Learning Week: 30 - 43
One 10.0 hours evidence based learning per study period on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"10 hours of e-learning modules"

Lecture Week: 30 - 32
Three 5.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 32 and delivered via face-to-face.

Placement - Off Site Week: 31 - 43
One 160.0 hours placement - off site per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 30 - 32
Two 3.0 hours tutorial per study period on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 32 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 30 - 32
One 4.0 hours tutorial per study period on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 32 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Clinical assessment (while on 160-hour placement and equivalent to 2,000-words)Hurdle Requirement: Students will be assessed using the Victorian Standardised Clinical Assessment Tool for Midwifery Students.25 05, 03, 04, 02, 01
One 1,500-word essay25 01, 05
One 2,000-word essay25 05, 03
One 2-hour multiple choice, short answer examination25 01, 03, 02, 05, 04