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NPMS2032 Obstetric and Neonatal Emergencies

Module Overview

This module builds upon the knowledge and skills base within the Midwifery Care for Women with Concurrent Health Challenges module. By the end of this module you will have the knowledge and skills rehearsal to be an active team member during obstetric emergencies within the clinical setting. 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


Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Evaluate the skills required to recognise, respond to, and manage, within the scope of practice, maternal, fetal and neonatal deterioration and emergency situations.
  • Identify and justify the skills required for discussion/negotiation with other professionals within the obstetric/neonatal emergency scenario.
  • Recognise and articulate the importance of team-working in the best interests of women, fetus/neonate.
  • Demonstrate the ability to take responsibility for your own professional development linked to risk assessment and skills rehearsal in obstetric and neonatal emergencies.
  • Review and apply the evidence base appropriate to the pathophysiology linked to emergency scenarios.


Pharmacology and related Medicine management Emergent conditions in women, fetus and neonate Maternal • Antepartum Haemorrhage i.e. abruption, placenta previa, shock • Eclamptic fit ( prevention if impending fit, and actual fit) theory and skill rehearsal • Mal-presentation and mal-positions/ causes ( pelvis variation, abnormal uterus, OP, Transvers lie) care • Abnormal placental conditions – (retained placenta, incomplete, uterine inversion) • Post-partum Haemorrhage Theory and skills rehearsal • Maternal collapse theory and skills rehearsal • Deteriorating patient • Perineal Suturing- theory • Debriefing for mental health wellness Fetal • Breech – theory and skill rehearsal • Shoulder dystocia – theory and skills rehearsal • Cord prolapse – theory • Fetal monitoring via Cardiotocograph Neonatal • Neonatal collapse and resuscitation skills rehearsal Human Factors • The contribution of human and organisational factors to successful prevention and management of emergencies.

Special Features

This will be a skills rehearsal based module. You will have the opportunity to attend a clinical skills rehearsal workshop, covering the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to provide immediate management in obstetric emergencies. Where possible this will follow the format of, or be within a local maternity service with the Inter-professional team interprofesional; for example following the Practical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training PROMPT course (Winters et al 2012).

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Skill Rehearsal Group work Role play Self-directed learning

Practical classes and workshops21
Wider reading or practice21
Completion of assessment task70
Preparation for scheduled sessions20
Total study time188

Resources & Reading list

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

Johnson R and Taylor.W (2010). Oxford Textbook of Women and Mental Health. 

Stables D and Rankin J (eds) (2010). Physiology in Childbearing. 

Winter C, Crofts J, Laxton C, Barnfield S, Draycott T (2012). Practical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training PROMPT course manual. 

Lewis G (2011). Saving Mothers’ Lives: Reviewing Maternal Deaths to Make Motherhood safer 2006-2008. 

Boyle M (2005). Wound Healing in Midwifery. 

Williamson A and Crozier K (2008). Neonatal Care: A Textbook for Student Midwives and Nurses. 

Access to the local Maternity Services for theoretical and skills rehearsal. 

Chapman V and Charles C (eds (2013). The Midwife’s Labour and Birth Handbook. 

Downie G, Mackenzie J and Williams A (2010). Calculating Drug Doses Safely.. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Critical Reflection  (1500 words) 60%
Objective Structured Clinical Examination  (15 minutes) 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Skills rehearsal %
Summative assessments %

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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