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NPMS1021 Safe and Compassionate Care for Maternal and Neonatal Health

Module Overview

This module provides theoretical underpinning that will enable you to promote and protect health and wellbeing in individuals, communities and populations. It will also consider vulnerable groups, mental capacity, ethical considerations and psychological wellbeing. 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 the knowledge and skills required for delivering safe and compassionate care to mothers, neonates and families.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Explore how communication contributes to the provision of public health, health promotion and well-being information for women and their families
  • Discuss the midwife’s role in identifying and responding to women and families with particular social, cultural, wellbeing and mental health needs, including reference to vulnerable groups
  • Explain how the midwife supports families to enable effective decision making and safe practice around infant feeding and parenting
  • Articulate the importance of working collaboratively with other health professions and external agencies in relation to health and wellbeing
  • Identify and apply theories and practical implications of public health policy, health promotion and health education in relation to maternal and family care


This list is not exhaustive but will include: Safeguarding individuals groups and populations The role of gender across the maternity continuum and societies (role of father/partner as well as that of mother, grandmother etc.) Social policy on family Social abuses – effect on mother and fetus, and indirectly on society Pregnancy and the age continuum Occupational health – pregnancy and post natal Perinatal mental health and impact of woman her family and society Bereavement Cultural sensitivity Public health/Determinants of health • Ethical and fiscal implications • Epidemiology • Health promotion • Public health resources • Extended family context • Infant feeding • Effective parenting • Models of behaviour change – motivational interviewing Vulnerable groups • Learning disabilities/physical disabilities • Survivors of sexual abuse • Women in prison • Domestic violence • Substance misuse • Asylum seekers • Travelling communities • Ethnic groups with specific needs • Teenagers • Older family members (elderly care/dementia, challenges of living in multigenerational families settings) The role and responsibilities of the midwife in relation to • Values ethics and truth telling • Capacity and consent • Advocacy • Clinical governance • Professional Midwifery Advocate • Aggression • Patient safety and patient experience • Diversity • Interprofessional working

Special Features

The learning opportunities within this module have been considered in accordance with the Michael Report (Healthcare for all, 2008), Cummings and Bennett’s (2012) 6 C’s, the Francis Report (2013), the Berwick Report (2013), findings from Morecambe Bay and the National Framework for Disability, Equality and Etiquette Learning (DEEL) to promote best practice within Undergraduate education. This module will incorporate other relevant reports/evidence as appropriate at the time of running.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• A variety of guided learning activities • Collaborative learning resources • Electronic discussion forums • Core lectures • Workshops

Follow-up work30
Preparation for scheduled sessions30
Wider reading or practice41
Completion of assessment task30
Total study time187

Resources & Reading list

Coles L and Porter E M (Eds.) (2008). Public Health Skills: A Practical Guide for Nurses and Public Health Practitioners. 

The Marmot Review (2010). Fair Society, Healthy Lives: Strategic Review of health Inequalities in England post 2010.. 

Powel C (2012). Safeguarding and Child Protection for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors: A Practical guide. 

Other journals are already available from library.. 

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

Baggott R (2010). Public Health: Policy and Politics. 

Access to the local maternity services for theoretical and skills rehearsal. 

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

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

Naidoo J and Wills J (2009). Foundations for Health Promotion (Public Health and Health Promotion). 

Egan G (2009). The Skilled Helper. 

NICE (2007). NICE Guidance Behaviour Change. 

Banwell C, Ulijaszek S and Dixon J (eds) (2013). When culture impacts health. 

Suggested reading will be available for each taught session but students will be expected to select additional, appropriate reading to supplement their learning.. 

Department of Health (2010). Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Our strategy for public health in England. 

Watson G and Rodwell S (eds) (2014). Safeguarding and protecting children, young people and families: a guide for nurses and midwives.. 

Larkin M (2009). Vulnerable Groups in Health and Social Care. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2000 words) 70%
Professional conversation 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay %
Professional conversation %

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

All texts key are available within the library or can be purchased online or within the bookshop located on campus. For the current costs you are requested to check on line. If purchased, this will be at a cost to you.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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