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.
This module enables you to underpin midwifery practice with the appropriate life science base. This includes a comprehensive knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and relevant pathophysiology of the human body, and the ability to apply that science to the provision of midwifery care.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding and be able to discuss the anatomy and physiology of the human body systems applied to the pregnancy –childbirth- puerperium continuum and from gamete to early childhood development.
- Evaluate the role of the midwife in diagnosing pregnancy, assessing and monitoring women and fetus/neonate holistically from pre-conception through antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum periods.
- Explore the models of maternity care for the provision of safe maternity services, including an exploration of Interprofessional working.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of care and midwifery skills required to care for women, the newborn and the family within the context of the low risk/normal pregnancy and childbirth continuum
- Explore the anatomy and physiology of the breast and lactation, and the role of the midwife in the achievement of good nutrition in the woman and neonate.
The module integrates relevant pathophysiology, genetic /genomics, psychosocial, ethical, legal, pharmacological, aspects across the childbirth continuum, for women, fetus or neonate, and her family to ensure the provision of high quality care in a variety of settings. The list below is not exhaustive.
Maternity Service Organisation and Patterns of maternity care
- The assessment and delivery of antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care (woman and fetus/neonate)
- Professional communication - including using digital technology
- Partnership working with woman and her family
- Referring to the interdisciplinary team
- Technological support in maternity care
- Initial and daily examination of the new-born
- Infant feeding; Promoting Breast Feeding (Baby Friendly Initiative)
- Maternal Nutrition during pregnancy /childbirth continuum
- Family planning, spacing and sexual health
- Knowledge and skills to undertake antenatal and postnatal screening (including venepucture)
- (Minor) disorders of pregnancy
- Minor disorders of the neonate
- Fundamentals of care (pain, bladder care, hydration, skin care, general well-being)
- Knowledge and skills to facilitate normal labour and birth
- 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)
Body systems during the childbirth continuum and parameters defining normality /abnormality to midwifery assessments
- Integumentary system
- Musculoskeletal system
- Nervous system
- Endocrine system
- Cardiovascular system
- Immune system
- Respiratory system
- Digestive system
- Urinary system, fluids and electrolytes
The reproductive system
- Female and male reproductive anatomy and physiology
- Genetics and genomics and application to reproduction and maternity care
- Principles of embryology including errors of embryology/development and implications for maternity care and the wider public health agenda
- Placental anatomy, physiology and implication of midwifery practice
- Labour ( all 3 stages)
- Physiology of pain and implication to midwifery practice
- Pharmacology, pharmakenetics and medicines management in midwifery practice
Programme threads are linked throughout and include:
- Baby Friendly principles
- Medicines management
- Mental health and well-being
- Values Based Journey
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Scenarios and role play
Enquiry based learning
Pair and group discussion
Technology enhanced learning activities
Self directed study
Demonstration of anatomical parts
Values Based Enquiry tutorials
|Practical classes and workshops||15|
|Wider reading or practice||30|
|Completion of assessment task||30|
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||20|
|Total study time||187.5|
Resources & Reading list
Marshall JE and Raynor M D (Eds) (2014). Myles textbook for midwives. Edinburgh: Elsevier.
Coad, J and Dunstal, M. (2011). Anatomy and physiology for midwives. Scotland: Elsevier.
Chenery-Morris C and McLean M (2013). Normal midwifery practice. London: SAGE.
Johnson R and Taylor W (2016). Skills for midwifery practice. 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.
Johnson MH (2013). Essential reproduction. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons.
Blackburn S (2013). Maternal, fetal and neonatal physiology; A clinical perspective.. Saunders.
Moore K L, Persaud TVN and Torchia MG. (2013). The Developing Human; clinically orientated embryology. Philadelphia: Elsevier /Saunders..
Lewis L (Ed) (2015). Fundamentals of midwifery : a textbook for students. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
Wambach K and Riordan J (2016). Breastfeeding and human lactation. Burlington: Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
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