This module builds upon the knowledge and skills base within the Additional care needs; Antenatal and Intrapartum module for you to be able to engage clinically with Enhanced Postnatal and Neonatal Care. This module also links with the Obstetric and Neonatal Emergencies module whereby you are encouraged to consider the impact on both neonatal and maternal complications and apply effective communication and compassionate care throughout. By the end of this module you will have the knowledge and skills to enable you to contribute effectively to the provision of safe and effective care for mothers and their neonates, with complex health challenges with a particular focus on the puerperium.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Critically evaluate the risks of a range of both pre-existing and emergent conditions in women from a range of ethnic /social backgrounds, including relevant pathology, pharmacology and related bio-sciences, across postpartum physical and mental health.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the Newborn physical examination screening, including consideration of the supporting evidence base for neonatal screening.
- Compare and contrast the evidence base for the care and management of the woman and neonate where variations occur during the puerperium.
- Debate and innovatively explore the role of the midwife within the interprofessional /multi-agency team in the provision of care for women with co-morbidities to the end of the puerperium.
- Using a comprehensive understanding of the physiology of lactation, explore how the challenges of initiating and supporting breastfeeding in complex situations can be overcome to achieve the public health benefits of breast feeding.
Application of relevant epidemiology, pathophysiology, genetic /genomics, psychosocial, ethical, legal, pharmacological, aspects with particular focus on postpartum period for women and their neonates to the topics listed below. Interprofessional /inter agency referral and working is encompassed throughout the module.
This list is not exhaustive but will include:
Medical and surgical conditions (pathological and co-morbidities)
Postpartum and Gynaecological conditions
Pelvic inflammatory disease and gynaecological disorders
Perineal trauma - ,-theoretical consideration of suturing, immediate postnatal care, complications and long term sequaele (practical skill in third year)
Maternal/fetal/neonatal blood results
Blood transfusion and blood products
Sexually transmitted infections
Mental Health Condition
Pre-existing Mental health and impact during childbearing continuum
Postnatal, post-traumatic stress disorder
Impact of mental health conditions and drugs on breast feeding
Neonatal Conditions (includes support of the mother and family)
Care of sick of the Pre-term infant
Care of sick neonate
Low birth weight infant
Neonatal hypothermia and Neonatal hypoglycaemia
Care of the neonate withdrawing from any maternal medication /drug
History taking and communication
Infant feeding, including supporting breast feeding where mother and/ or neonate have complications
Newborn physical Examination Screening theory
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
Scenarios and Role play
Technology Enhanced Learning
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||20|
|Completion of assessment task||70.5|
|Practical classes and workshops||21|
|Wider reading or practice||20|
|Total study time||187.5|
Resources & Reading list
Jones, T. (2020). The Student Guide to the Newborn Infant Physical Examination. Routledge.
Lomax, A. (2015). Examination of the Newborn, An Evidence-Based Guide. Wiley Blackwell.
Knight M, Kenyon S, Brocklehurst P, Neilson J, Shakepearce J, Kurinczuk JJ (2016). Saving Lives, Improving Mother’s care; lessons learned to inform future maternity care from the UK and Ireland Confidential Enquiries into Maternal deaths and morbidity 2009-2014. Oxford: National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit.
Hollins C and Forrest E (2013). Bereavement Care for Childbearing women and their Families: An Interactive workbook. Abingdon: Routledge.
Campbell, D and Dolby, L. (2018). Physical Examination of the Newborn at a Glance. Wiley Blackwell.
Downie G and Mackenzie J (2010). Calculating Drug Doses Safely. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
James DK; Steer PJ; Weiner CP; Gonik B (2013). Medical Disorders in Pregnancy. A Manual for Midwives. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons.
You are required to pass both summative assessments at a minimum of 40% in each part. If you refer one of the summative assessments you will refer the module, but you are only required to retake the part that you have been unsuccessful in.
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) Practical Skills and simulation exercise
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