This module enables you to build on the knowledge and skills from previous modules and experience to empower you to contribute effectively to the provision of safe and effective care for the woman and her fetus, with complex health challenges during the antenatal and intrapartum periods.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Discuss the policies (local, national and international as appropriate) and maternity services systems that influence the provision of maternity care to women with complex needs
- Examine the care required for women with specific health or social needs and know how to effectively refer to other professionals or agencies where appropriate
- Evaluate the role of the midwife, in facilitating holistic woman centred care and transition to motherhood for women with complex pregnancies and diverse needs
- Demonstrate a comprehensive and systematic understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology and the psychosocial factors that predispose the woman to an increased risk of complexity during pregnancy and birth
- Analyse the evidence base for the care and management of the woman and her fetus/neonate where variations occur during the childbirth continuum
A range of pre-existing, current or emerging conditions will be covered. Students will explore how additional care needs relate to physical, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual factors. Interprofessional/inter agency referral and working is encompassed throughout the module.
This list of syllabus content is not exhaustive but will include:
Infertility and assisted conception
Unplanned pregnancy/Termination of Pregnancy / Miscarriage/ectopic pregnancy
Bleeding in early pregnancy
Medical and surgical conditions (pathological and co-morbidities)
Diabetes and other endocrine disorders such those of the thyroid
Other pre-existing conditions such as Cardiac disease, Asthma, Epilepsy, Acute Kidney Injury, Haemoglobinopathies
Maternal infection – Sexual Transmitted Infection, human immunodeficiency virus, sepsis, Hepatitis A B C, Covid-19
Red flags for non-pregnancy related medical conditions
Pregnancy Related Conditions
Hypertensive disorders – pre eclampsia, Pregnancy induced hypertension, essential Hypertension, HELLP syndrome
Cholestasis/ Fatty Liver disease
Abnormal placental implantation
Pre-term labour - diagnosis and management
Post term labour/induction of labour/augmentation of labour
Fetal distress and fetal heart monitoring / CTG interpretation
Caesarean Section and Instrumental birth
Fitting anti embolic stockings
DVT / VTE assessment
Pressure area care
Blood transfusion and Anti D
End of life care and bereavement support
Programme threads are linked throughout and include:
Infant feeding principles
Mental health and well-being
Values Based Enquiry Journey
Making every contact count
Continuity of carer
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Practical /skills workshops
Technology Enhanced Learning
Online education using both synchronous and asynchronous sessions
|Practical classes and workshops||8|
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||40|
|Wider reading or practice||40|
|Total study time||187.5|
Resources & Reading list
Lapham R (2015). Drug Calculations for Nurses: A step-by-step approach. Routeledge.
Hollins C and Forrest E (2013). Bereavement Care for Childbearing women and their Families: An Interactive workbook. Abingdon: Routledge .
Rankin J (2017). Physiology in Childbearing. Edinburgh: Elsevier .
James DK; Steer PJ; Weiner CP; Gonik B (2018). High Risk Pregnancy: Management Options. London: Saunders.
Jackson K and Wightman H (2017). Normalizing Challenging or Complex Childbirth . London: McGraw Hill.
Robson S and Waugh J (2013). Medical Disorders in Pregnancy. A Manual for Midwi. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons.
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Short answer questions
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: External