This module enables you to build on the knowledge and skills from previous experience, and modules to enable you to contribute effectively to the provision of safe and effective care for the woman and her fetus, with complex health challenges across the childbearing continuum
Aims and Objectives
Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- Critically analyse the role of the midwife, in facilitating holistic woman centred care and transition to motherhood for women with complex pregnancies
- Explore critically the evidence base for the care and management of the woman and fetus/neonate where variations occur during the childbirth continuum.
- Examine and analyse critically the care required for babies with specific health or social needs liaising effectively with the multi-disciplinary team where approriate
- Demonstrate a comprehensive and systematic understanding of, and the ability to critically analyse the physiology and pathophysiology and the bio-behavioural factors that predispose the woman to increased risk of complexity during pregnancy and birth
- Analyse and debate the policies (local, national and international as appropriate) and maternity services systems that influence the provision of maternity care to women with complex needs
Application of relevant epidemiology, pathophysiology, genetic /genomics, psychosocial, ethical, legal, pharmacological, aspects across the childbirth continuum including appropriate investigations, for women centred high quality care (including for her fetus), to the topics listed below. Interprofessional /inter agency referral and working is encompassed throughout the module
This list is not exhaustive but will include:
- Infertility and assisted conception
- Polycystic ovaries
- Unplanned pregnancy/Termination of Pregnancy / Miscarriage/ectopic pregnancy
- Hydatiform mole
- 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
- Maternal infection – Sexual Transmitted Infection, human immunodeficiency virus, sepsis, Hepatitis A B C
- Caesarean Section
Pregnancy Related Conditions
- Hyperemesis gravidarum
- Hypertensive disorders – pre eclampsia, Pregnancy induced hypertension, essential Hypertension, HELLP syndrome
- Cholestasis/ Fatty Liver disease
- Multiple pregnancy
- Haematological conditions
- Mal presentation
- Mal Position
- Preterm labour - diagnosis and management and
- Post term labour/induction of labour/augmentation of labour
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
Technology Enhanced Learning
|Practical classes and workshops||3|
|Total study time||187.5|
Resources & Reading list
Stables D and Rankin J. Physiology in Childbearing. Edinburgh: Elsevier.
Robson S and Waugh J (2013). Medical Disorders in Pregnancy. A Manual for Midwives.. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons.
Williamson A and Crozier K (2008). Neonatal Care: A Textbook for Student Midwives and Nurses. Banbury: Lantern Publishing Ltd.
James DK; Steer PJ; Weiner CP; Gonik B (2011). High Risk Pregnancy: Management Options. London: Saunders.
Downie G and Mackenzie J (2010). Calculating Drug Doses Safely. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
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.
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Individual written plan
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: Internal & External