This module analyses the contemporary issues of modern maternity services as well as wider health and social care. There is a strong public health focus throughout, and consideration of clients groups that may be considered ‘vulnerable’. The issues explored include the need for a more caring and empathetic workforce, whistle blowing and always ensuring the woman is the focus of her care. There is a clear focus on the need for interprofessional and multi-agency working to ensure best outcomes for women and their families.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Discuss how the midwife supports families to enable effective decision making and safe practice around infant feeding and parenting
- Explain and apply theories and practical implications of public health policy, health promotion and health education in relation to maternal and family care
- Examine how communication contributes to the provision of public health, health promotion and well-being information for women and their families, using the literature to consider a variety of perspectives
- Examine the midwife’s role in identifying and responding to women and families with particular social, cultural, physical and mental wellbeing and health needs, including reference to vulnerable groups
- Evaluate the importance of working collaboratively with other health professions and external agencies in relation to health and wellbeing
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
Pregnancy and the age continuum
Occupational health – pregnancy and post natal
Mental wellbeing and its promotion and assessment across the pregnancy/childbirth continuum and its impact on woman, her fetus/neonate, family and society
Public health/Determinants of health
- Ethical and fiscal implications
- Health promotion
- Public health resources
- Extended family context
- Infant feeding
- Effective parenting
- Models of behaviour change – motivational interviewing
- Learning disabilities/physical disabilities - including autism
- Survivors of sexual abuse
- Women in prison
- Domestic violence
- Substance misuse
- Asylum seekers
- Travelling communities
- Ethnic groups with specific needs
- 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
- Clinical governance
- Professional Midwifery Advocate
- Patient safety and patient experience
- Diversity and social inclusion agenda
- Interprofessional working
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
- A variety of guided learning activities
- Collaborative learning resources
- Electronic discussion forums
- Core lectures
- Values Based Tutorials
|Completion of assessment task||50|
|Wider reading or practice||41.5|
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||30|
|Total study time||187.5|
Resources & Reading list
Mason P and Butler CC (2010). Health Behavior Change; A Guide for Practitioners. Edinburgh: Elsevier Limited.
Powell C (2016). Safeguarding and Child Protection for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors: A Practical guide. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Watson, G and Rodwell S (2014). Safeguarding and protecting children, young people & families : a guide for nurses and midwives. London: SAGE.
Baggott R (2010). Public Health: Policy and Politics. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Evans D, Coutsaftiki D and Fathers P (2014). Health promotion and public health for nursing students. Los Angeles: Learning Matters.
Wambach, K and Riordan J (2016). Breastfeeding and Human Lactation. Burlington: Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
Coles L and Porter E M (Eds.) (2008). Public health skills: a practical guide for nurses and public health practitioners.. Oxford: Blackwell.
Green J (2015). Health promotion: planning & strategies. Los Angeles: SAGE.
Naidoo J and Wills J (2016). Foundations for Health Promotion. Elsevier.
Walker, M (2017). Breastfeeding management for the clinician : using the evidence. Burlington: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Discussion board activity
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