This module analyses the contemporary issues of modern maternity services as well as wider health and social care. There is a strong public health focus throughout, and the promotion of physical, mental and social wellbeing, and consideration of clients groups that may be considered ‘vulnerable’. The issues explored include the need for a more caring and empathetic workforce, whistle blowing and always ensuring the woman is the focus of her care. There is a clear focus on the need for interprofessional and multi-agency working to ensure best outcomes for women and their families.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Critically explore the influences of services in the provision of social, cultural, physical and mental wellbeing and health needs for women and their families, including reference to vulnerable groups
- Critically evaluate the role of the midwife in provision of family-centred care with the wider interprofessional team
- Analyse the importance of working collaboratively with other health professions and external agencies in relation to health and wellbeing
- Demonstrate critical awareness of the importance of a variety of communication strategies to promote safe and compassionate care for women and their families
- Critically analyse theories and practical implications of public health policy, health promotion and health education in relation to care of the woman, fetus/neonate and the wider family
This list is not exhaustive but will include:
Safeguarding individuals groups and populations
The role of gender across the maternity continuum and societies (role of father/partner as well as that of mother, grandmother etc.)
Social policy on family
Pregnancy and the age continuum
Occupational health – pregnancy and post natal
Mental wellbeing and its promotion and assessment across the pregnancy/childbirth continuum and its impact on woman, her fetus/neonate, family and society
Public health/Determinants of health
- Ethical and fiscal implications
- Health promotion
- Public health resources
- Extended family context
- Infant feeding
- Effective parenting
- Models of behaviour change – motivational interviewing
- Learning disabilities/physical disabilities - including autism
- Survivors of sexual abuse
- Women in prison
- Domestic violence
- Substance misuse
- Asylum seekers
- Travelling communities
- Ethnic groups with specific needs
- Older family members (elderly care/dementia, challenges of living in multigenerational families settings)
The role and responsibilities of the midwife in relation to:
- Values ethics and truth telling
- Capacity and consent
- Clinical governance
- Professional Midwifery Advocate
- Patient safety and patient experience
- Diversity and social inclusion agenda
- Interprofessional working
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
- A variety of guided learning activities
- Collaborative learning resources
- Electronic discussion forums
- Core lectures
- Values Based Enquiry Tutorials
|Completion of assessment task||50|
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||30|
|Wider reading or practice||41.5|
|Total study time||187.5|
Resources & Reading list
Naidoo J and Wills J (2016). Foundations for Health Promotion. Elsevier.
Watson, G and Rodwell S (2014). Safeguarding and protecting children, young people & families : a guide for nurses and midwives. London: SAGE.
Evans D, Coutsaftiki D and Fathers P (2014). Health promotion and public health for nursing students. Los Angeles: Learning Matters.
Green J (2015). Health promotion: planning & strategies. Los Angeles: SAGE.
Powell C (2016). Safeguarding and Child Protection for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors: A Practical guide. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
Wambach, K and Riordan J (2016). Breastfeeding and Human Lactation. Burlington: Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
Baggott R (2010). Public Health: Policy and Politics. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Walker, M (2017). Breastfeeding management for the clinician : using the evidence. Burlington: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Mason P and Butler CC (2010). Health Behavior Change; A Guide for Practitioners. Edinburgh: Elsevier Limited.
Coles L and Porter E M (Eds.) (2008). Public health skills: a practical guide for nurses and public health practitioners.. Oxford: Blackwell.
This is how we’ll give you feedback as you are learning. It is not a formal test or exam.Group Professional Conversation
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