This module introduces the core principles and scope of midwifery practice in order for you to contribute to the provision of safe, competent and evidence-based care throughout the childbearing continuum.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Identify, justify and apply a sound knowledge base to the midwifery skills required to perform care for women, the newborn and the family within the context of the low risk/normal pregnancy and childbirth continuum
- Articulate the role of the midwife in diagnosing pregnancy, assessing and monitoring women holistically from pre-conception through antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum periods using a range of assessment methods.
- Explain the role of the midwife in the achievement of good nutrition in the woman and neonate (including breastfeeding)
- Demonstrate an understanding of the ‘fundamentals of care’ as applied to midwifery practice
- Discuss the models of maternity care for the provision of antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care which is underpinned by the requisite knowledge, understanding and evidence of anatomy and physiology
Patterns of maternity care
The assessment and delivery of antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care (including mother and baby)
Professional communication - including using digital technology
Referring to the interdisciplinary team
Technological support in maternity care
Initial examination of the new-born
Infant feeding (Baby Friendly Initiative)
Family planning, spacing and sexual health
Antenatal and postnatal screening
(Minor) disorders of pregnancy
Minor disorders of the neonate
Fundamentals of care (pain, bladder care, hydration, skin care, general well-being)
Parenthood, family, role of fathers/partner
Legal aspects – birth registration, birth notification
Benefits - as relevant for maternity
Return to work
Fetal monitoring including Cardiotocograph (CTG) and Intermittent Auscultation (IA)
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
- Scenarios and role play
- Enquiry based learning
- Pair and group discussion
- Structured reflection
|Completion of assessment task||50|
|Practical classes and workshops||16|
|Wider reading or practice||41.5|
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||30|
|Total study time||187.5|
Resources & Reading list
Marshall JE and Raynor M D (Eds) (2014). Myles textbook for midwives. Edinburgh: Elsevier.
Pollard M (2011). Evidence-based care for breastfeeding mothers: a resource for midwives and allied healthcare professionals. London: Routledge.
Walker M (2017). Breastfeeding management for the clinician : using the evidence. Burlington: Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
Walsh D (2011). Evidence and skills for normal labour and birth : a guide for midwives. London: Routledge.
Wambach K and Riordan J (2016). Breastfeeding and human lactation. Burlington: Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
Chenery-Morris C and McLean M (2013). Normal midwifery practice. London: SAGE.
Lewis L (Ed) (2015). Fundamentals of midwifery : a textbook for students. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
Johnson R and Taylor W (2016). Skills for midwifery practice. Edinburgh: Elsevier.
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Group presentation
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External