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NPMS6010 Practice in Midwifery

Module Overview

This module introduces the core principles and scope of midwifery practice in order to provide, and where appropriate to lead on, safe, competent, compassionate and evidence-based care throughout the childbearing continuum.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse the models of maternity care for the provision of antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care and their appropriateness for women from different backgrounds and experiences
  • Explore the ‘fundamentals of care’ as applied to midwifery practice which are underpinned by the requisite knowledge, understanding and evidence of anatomy and physiology/pathophysiology
  • Evaluate the role of the midwife in the achievement of good nutrition in the woman and neonate (including breastfeeding)
  • Analyse the role of the midwife in diagnosing pregnancy, assessing and monitoring women holistically from pre-conception through antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum periods using a range of assessment methods and the relevant evidence base
  • Analyse the importance of communication with the woman and her family, and the building of a professional relationship with her/them to support the provision of woman centred maternity care


Patterns of maternity care The assessment and delivery of antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal (including mother and baby) Partnership working Referring to the interdisciplinary team Technological support in maternity care Initial examination of the new-born Infant feeding (including Baby Friendly Initiative) Nutrition Family planning, spacing and sexual health Antenatal and postnatal screening (Minor) disorders of pregnancy Minor disorders of the neonate Related pharmacology Fundamentals of care (pain, bladder care, hydration, skin care, general well-being) Parenthood, family, role of fathers/partner, and grandparents Legal aspects – birth registration, birth notification Benefits related to maternity / Return to work

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and Seminars Presentation Scenarios and role play Problem based learning Enquiry based learning Pair and group discussion Structured reflection E learning

Preparation for scheduled sessions30
Wider reading or practice30
Practical classes and workshops14
Completion of assessment task30
Follow-up work30
Total study time187

Resources & Reading list

Anatomy website.

Elsevier teaching package. 

Access to textbooks ( hard copy /online) including. 

Royal College of Midwives Website.

Johnson, R. and Taylor, W (2010). Skills for midwifery Practice. 

Peate I and Hamilton C. (2008). Becoming a midwife in the 21st Century. 

Access to breast feeding journals eg Lactation. 

Jordan S (2010). Pharmacology for midwives. 

Genna C (2013). Supporting Sucking Skills. 

Wambach K and Riordan J (2014). Breastfeeding and Human Lactation. 

Sullivan A, Kean L and Cryer A. (2006). Midwife’s guide to antenatal investigations. 

Access to breast feeding journals eg Lactation. 

Sullivan A, Kean L and Cryer A. (2014). Breastfeeding management for the clinician : Using the evidence. 

National Service Frameworks and NICE Guidance.

Access to the local maternity Services for theoretical and skills rehearsal. 

Access to the journal ‘Maternal and Infant Nutrition’.

Pollard M (2012). Evidence based care for breastfeeding mothers.. 

Birthplace in England Research Programme.

UNICEF BFI website. 

Mason P and Butler CC (2010). Health Behavior Change; A Guide for Practitioners. 



Group work


MethodPercentage contribution
Written report  (1500 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Written report 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:

Travel Costs for placements

There are no identified additional costs to you anticipated, as travel between University study sites should be expected as part of the programme. Textbooks and journals are available in the library and as electronic resources; if you choose to purchase your own resources this will be at 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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