MIDWIFERY FUNDAMENTALS, PREGNANCY AND BIRTH

NSM4MID

2019

Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of midwifery practice in the antenatal and intrapartum periods. Using a primary health care philosophy, students will develop skills and attributes for providing woman-centred care during pregnancy, labour and birth based on contemporary evidence based guidelines. The focus of this subject will be on women experiencing a normal pregnancy, labour and birth. Students will build on their knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and psychosocial concepts to cultivate the ability to provide safe and effective midwifery care. This subject enables students to further develop reflective practice, critical thinking and clinical decision making skills, via a flexible model, with relevant face-to-face lectures and workshops and supported by clinical practicum.

SchoolSchool of Nursing & Midwifery

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorHeather Grimes

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

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

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in (HGMW - Graduate Diploma in Midwifery, BU or HGMWB - Graduate Diploma in Midwifery, BE)

Co-requisites NSM4MFP

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Students must have a secured clinical hospital placement.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsMyles Textbook for Midwives (16th ed.)RecommendedMarshall, J & Raynor, M (Eds)EDINBURGH: CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE
ReadingsPhysiology in childbearing (4th ed.)RecommendedRankin.J, (2017)Elsevier

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Support and educate women in partnership throughout pregnancy and labour.

Activities:
1. (a) face-to-face lectures; (b) online E-learning modules with interactive web-based activities; (c) roleplay will be used to enhance development of professional woman-centred communication; (d) students will follow the care of women, throughout the childbirth experience, to gain an understanding of the principles of continuity of care; (e) students will attend childbirth and parenting education classes to gain perspective of the woman's, and her family's, experiences; (f) students will be integrated on clinical placement (total of 190 hours), within an antenatal and intrapartum maternity care setting.

02. Provide safe and effective midwifery care to women during pregnancy, birth and labour.

Activities:
2. (a) face-to-face lectures; (b) online E-learning modules with interactive web-based activities; (c) roleplay will be used to enhance development of professional woman-centred communication; (d) laboratory-based simulation experiences allow students to apply theoretical knowledge; (e) students will research available literature, on selected topics, and demonstrate critical analysis and synthesis in written assessments; (f) students will be integrated on clinical placement (total of 190 hours), within an antenatal and intrapartum maternity care setting; (g) students will work alongside mentoring midwives providing care to women and will work toward completing clinical requirements; (h) students will be expected to submit written reflections of clinical placement.

03. Plan and communicate midwifery care with women, their families and colleagues, respecting individual rights and responsibilities.

Activities:
3. (a) face-to-face lectures; (b) online E-learning modules with interactive web-based activities; (c) roleplay will be used to enhance development of professional woman-centred communication; (d) students will be integrated on clinical placement (total of 190 hours), within an antenatal and intrapartum maternity care setting; (e) students will work alongside mentoring midwives providing care to women and will work toward completing clinical requirements; (f) students will be expected to submit written reflections of clinical placement.

04. Identify deviations from normal pregnancy, labour and birth processes.

Activities:
4. (a) knowledge of uncomplicated pregnancy and labour will provide scaffolding to knowledge related to deviations from normal; (b) face-to-face lectures; (c) online E-learning activites with interactive web-based activities; (d) laboratory-based simulation experiences allow students to apply theoretical knowledge; (e) students will be integrated on clinical placement (total of 190 hours), within an antenatal and intrapartum maternity care setting; (f) students will work alongside mentoring midwives providing care to women and will work toward completing clinical requirements; (g) students will be expected to submit written reflections of clinical placement.

05. Critically evaluate and apply available evidence to inform best practice in midwifery.

Activities:
5. (a) face-to-face lectures based on evidence retrieved from literature searches of relevant topics; (b) online E-learning modules with interactive web-based activities; (c) students will be integrated on clinical placement (total of 190 hours), within an antenatal and intrapartum maternity care setting; (d) written exercises.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2019, Week 05-25, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHeather Grimes

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 06 - 07
Eight 3.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 06 to week 07 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory Class Week: 15 - 15
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 15 to week 15 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 06 - 24
Twelve 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 06 to week 24 and delivered via online.
"Students will access online modules via LMS"

Laboratory Class Week: 07 - 07
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 07 to week 07 and delivered via face-to-face.

Placement - Off Site Week: 06 - 24
One 180.0 hours placement - off site per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 06 to week 24 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture/Workshop Week: 15 - 15
One 3.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 15 to week 15 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Classes will be delivered in block mode"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
3,000 word written assessment using specified media (3,000 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
One 3-hour written examination (equiv to 3000 words).40 02, 03, 04, 05
Online quizzes (equiv 2000 words)20 02, 03, 04
Clinical assessmentHurdle requirement. Commencement of six continuity of care experiences and completion of 8 Midwifery Clinical Assessment Tools at the end of semester one . A minimum of 840 clinical practice hours (throughout the full course length) is required for course completion as per course accreditation by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council 01, 02, 03, 04

Melbourne, 2019, Week 05-25, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJenny Davis

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 06 - 07
Eight 3.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 06 to week 07 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Classes will be delivered in block mode"

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 06 - 24
Twelve 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 06 to week 24 and delivered via online.
"Students will access online modules via LMS"

Laboratory Class Week: 07 - 08
One 6.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 07 to week 08 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Only one class to be scheduled at any time due to availability of equipment"

Placement - Off Site Week: 06 - 24
One 180.0 hours placement - off site per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 06 to week 24 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture/Workshop Week: 15 - 15
Two 3.0 hours lecture/workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 15 to week 15 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Classes will be delivered in block mode"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
3,000 word written assessment using specified media (3,000 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
One 3-hour written examination (equiv to 3000 words).40 02, 03, 04, 05
Online quizzes (equiv 2000 words)20 02, 03, 04
Clinical assessmentHurdle requirement. Commencement of six continuity of care experiences and completion of 8 Midwifery Clinical Assessment Tools at the end of semester one . A minimum of 840 clinical practice hours (throughout the full course length) is required for course completion as per course accreditation by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council 01, 02, 03, 04