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NPMS3040 Enhanced Postnatal and Neonatal Care

Module Overview

This module enables you to build on the knowledge and skills from previous modules and experience 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

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Critically analyse the evidence base for the care and management of the woman and neonate where variations occur during the puerperium.
  • Using a comprehensive understanding of the physiology of lactation, critically explore how the challenges of initiating and supporting breastfeeding in complex situations can be overcome to achieve the public health benefits of breast feeding.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the national newborn and infant physical examination, including critical consideration of the supporting evidence base for neonatal screening of particular conditions.


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) • Haemoglobinopathies • Thromboembolic conditions and their sequelae • Antiphospholipid syndrome Postpartum and Gynaecological conditions • Pelvic inflammatory disease and gynaecological disorders • Perineal trauma (including 3rd and 4th degree trauma), suturing, immediate postnatal care, complications and long term sequaele • Maternal/fetal/neonatal blood results • Blood transfusion and blood products • Care of woman post operatively, including wound care Mental Health Condition • Pre existing Mental health and impact during childbearing continuum • Postnatal depression • Postnatal psychosis • 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 abnormalities • Care of the neonate withdrawing form any maternal medication /drug Infant feeding, including supporting breast feeding where mother and/ or neonate have complications Newborn and Infant Physical Examination theory 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

Lectures Group work Role play Self-directed learning Technology Enhanced Learning

Practical classes and workshops6
Wider reading or practice30
Follow-up work15
Completion of assessment task70.5
Preparation for scheduled sessions30
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Caring for women with mental health problems.

Robson S and Waugh J (2013). Medical Disorders in Pregnancy. A Manual for Midwives. 

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

James DK; Steer PJ; Weiner CP; Gonik B (2011). High Risk Pregnancy: Management Options. 

Hollins C and Forrest E (2013). Bereavement Care for Childbearing women and their Families: An Interactive workbook.. 

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.. 



Presentation & Peer Discussion


MethodPercentage contribution
Additional Work 
Case study  ( words) 50%
Exam 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Case study  (3000 words) 100%

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:


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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