POSTNATAL CARE OF THE NEW FAMILY

MID2PCN

2019

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-ordinatorCharlie Smithson

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be enrolled in one of the following course codes: HZNMD or HZNMDB and must have passed: 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 MA.Churchill-Livingstone
ReadingsEssential Midwifery Practice: Postnatal CareRecommendedByrom S, Edwards G, Bick D.Wiley-Blackwell

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply knowledge of the physiology of the puerperium 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 and written reflection.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Apply knowledge of the physiology of the newborn to perform a comprehensive assessment, and provide safe and effective midwifery care to the newborn baby 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 and written reflection
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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 Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)

04. Apply best practice evidence to 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:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2019, Week 31-51, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFiona Faulks

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 51
Ten 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 51 and delivered via online.
"10 hours of e-learning modules"

Lecture Week: 31 - 36
Five 3.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 36 and delivered via face-to-face.

Placement - Off Site Week: 37 - 51
One 160.0 hours placement - off site per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 37 to week 51 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Placement may be scheduled throughout the semester and may include days, evenings and weekends"

Seminar Week: 31 - 36
Five 2.0 hours seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 36 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Clinical Placement (2500 word equivalent)Hurdle requirement. It is essential to complete a minimum of 160 hours clinical placement in a postnatal environment, and a minimum of 2 postnatal clinical skills from the MCAT. 01, 02, 03, 04
One 1,500-word written assignment30 01, 04
One 2000-word written assignment35 01, 03, 04
One 2-hour multiple choice, short answer examination35 01, 02, 03

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCharlie Smithson

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
Ten 1.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"10 hours of e-learning modules"

Lecture Week: 31 - 33
Three 5.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 33 and delivered via face-to-face.

Placement - Off Site Week: 35 - 42
One 160.0 hours placement - off site per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 35 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Placement may be scheduled throughout the semester and may include days, evenings and weekends"

Seminar Week: 31 - 33
One 4.0 hours seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 33 and delivered via face-to-face.

Seminar Week: 31 - 33
Two 3.0 hours seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 33 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Clinical Placement (2500 word equivalent)Hurdle requirement. It is essential to complete a minimum of 160 hours clinical placement in a postnatal environment, and a minimum of 2 postnatal clinical skills from the MCAT. 01, 02, 03, 04
One 1,500-word written assignment30 01, 04
One 2000-word written assignment35 01, 03, 04
One 2-hour multiple choice, short answer examination35 01, 02, 03