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NPMS1018 Midwifery Practice

Module Overview

Maximum capacity 40 balanced across MSc and BSc programmes subject to placement capacity and commissions. Current commissions from Health education Wessex are 23 between the Bachelors and Masters programmes

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To introduce you to the knowledge and skills required to undertake midwifery practice within normality across antenatal, intrapartum and post birth periods.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • 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
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ‘fundamentals of care’ as applied to midwifery practice
  • Explain the role of the midwife in the achievement of good nutrition in the woman and neonate (including breastfeeding)
  • 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.
  • 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


Patterns of maternity care The assessment and delivery of antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care (including mother and baby) including relevant skills Partnership working Referring to the interdisciplinary team Technological support in maternity care Initial and daily examination of the new-born Infant feeding (Baby Friendly Initiative) Nutrition Family planning, spacing and sexual health Antenatal and postnatal screening (Minor) disorders of pregnancy Minor disorders of the neonate Related pharmacology Fundamentals of Antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care (pain and its non pharmacological and pharmacological management, mobility, bladder care, hydration, skin care, general well-being) Intrapartum assessment of progress 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)

Special Features

Completion of Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) Practical Skills and simulation exercise as a course requirement.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Practical/Skills workshops • Presentation • Scenarios and role play • Enquiry based learning • Pair and group discussion • Structured reflection

Completion of assessment task50
Preparation for scheduled sessions30
Practical classes and workshops16
Wider reading or practice42
Follow-up work30
Total study time188

Resources & Reading list

Chenery-Morris, S and McLean, M (2012). Normal Midwifery Practice. 

Elsevier teaching package.

Walker M (2014). Breastfeeding management for the clinician: Using the evidence. 

Marshall, J.E and Raynor, M.D. (2014). Myles Textbook for Midwives. 

Pollard M (2012). Evidence based care for breastfeeding mothers.. 

Wambach K and Riordan J (2014). Breastfeeding and Human Lactation. 

Mason P and Butler CC (2010). Health Behavior Change; A Guide for Practitioners. 

Johnson, R. and Taylor, W (2010). Skills for midwifery Practice. 

National Service Frameworks and NICE Guidance.

National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit 2014 (last update).

Royal College of Midwives Website.

UNICEF BFI website.





MethodPercentage contribution
Practical exercise %
Report  (1500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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