This module introduces the core principles and scope of midwifery practice in order for you to contribute to the provision of safe, competent and evidence-based care throughout the childbearing continuum.
This module enables you to underpin midwifery practice with the appropriate life science base. This includes a comprehensive knowledge of, and the ability to analyse the application of the anatomy, physiology and relevant pathophysiology of the human body, to the provision of midwifery care across a range of settings.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Critically analyse the models of maternity care for the provision of safe, holistic, woman centred maternity services, including an exploration of Interprofessional working to the benefit of women and their families.
- Offer a comprehensive explanation of the anatomy and physiology of the human body systems throughout the pregnancy –childbirth- puerperium continuum and gamete to early childhood development.
- Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the breast and lactation, and analyse the role of the midwife the application of this, in the achievement of good nutrition in the woman and neonate.
- Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding, and the ability to analyse the fundamentals of care and the midwifery skills required to care for women, the newborn and the family within the context of the low risk/normal pregnancy and childbirth continuum
- Critically analyse the role of the midwife in diagnosing pregnancy, assessing and monitoring women and fetus/neonate holistically from pre-conception through antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum periods.
The module integrates relevant pathophysiology, genetic /genomics, psychosocial, ethical, legal, pharmacological, aspects across the childbirth continuum, for women, fetus or neonate, and her family to ensure the provision of high quality care in a variety of settings. The list below is not exhaustive.
Maternity Service Organisation and Patterns of maternity care
The assessment and delivery of antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care (woman and fetus/neonate)
Professional communication - including using digital technology
Partnership working with woman and her family
Referring to the interdisciplinary team
Technological support in maternity care
Initial and daily examination of the new-born
Infant feeding; Promoting Breast Feeding (Baby Friendly Initiative)
Maternal Nutrition during pregnancy /childbirth continuum
Family planning, spacing and sexual health
Knowledge and skills to undertake antenatal and postnatal screening (including venepucture)
(Minor) disorders of pregnancy
Minor disorders of the neonate
Fundamentals of care (pain, bladder care, hydration, skin care, general well-being)
Knowledge and skills to facilitate normal labour and birth
Parenthood, family, role of fathers/partner
Legal aspects – birth registration, birth notification
Benefits - as relevant for maternity
Return to work
Fetal monitoring including Cardiotocograph (CTG) and Intermittent Auscultation (IA)
Body systems during the childbirth continuum and parameters defining normality /abnormality to midwifery assessments
- Integumentary system
- Musculoskeletal system
- Nervous system
- Endocrine system
- Cardiovascular system
- Immune system
- Respiratory system
- Digestive system
- Urinary system, fluids and electrolytes
The reproductive system
- Female and male reproductive anatomy and physiology
- Genetics and genomics and application to reproduction and maternity care
- Principles of embryology including errors of embryology/development and implications for maternity care and the wider public health agenda
- Placental anatomy, physiology and implication of midwifery practice
o Labour ( all 3 stages)
- Physiology of pain and implication to midwifery practice
Pharmacology, pharmakenetics and medicines management in midwifery practice
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
Scenarios and role play
Enquiry based learning
Pair and group discussion
Technology enhanced learning activities
Self directed study
Demonstration of anatomical parts
Values Based Enquiry Tutorials
|Practical classes and workshops||15|
|Wider reading or practice||30|
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||20|
|Completion of assessment task||30|
|Total study time||187.5|
Resources & Reading list
Johnson MH (2013). Essential reproduction. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons.
Walsh D (2011). Evidence and skills for normal labour and birth : a guide for midwives. London: Routledge.
Blackburn S (2013). Maternal, fetal and neonatal physiology; A clinical perspective.. Saunders.
Marshall JE and Raynor M D (Eds) (2014). Myles textbook for midwives. Edinburgh: Elsevier.
Coad, J and Dunstal, M. (2011). Anatomy and physiology for midwives. Scotland: Elsevier.
Walker M (2017). Breastfeeding management for the clinician : using the evidence. Burlington: Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
Pollard M (2011). Evidence-based care for breastfeeding mothers: a resource for midwives and allied healthcare professionals. London: Routledge.
Wambach K and Riordan J (2016). Breastfeeding and human lactation. Burlington: Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
Lewis L (Ed) (2015). Fundamentals of midwifery : a textbook for students. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
Chenery-Morris C and McLean M (2013). Normal midwifery practice. London: SAGE.
Johnson R and Taylor W (2016). Skills for midwifery practice. Edinburgh: Elsevier.
Moore K L, Persaud TVN and Torchia MG. (2013). The Developing Human; clinically orientated embryology. Philadelphia: Elsevier /Saunders..
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