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NPMS6023 Neonatal and Obstetric Emergencies

Module Overview

This module builds upon the knowledge and skills within previous modules and clinical experiences. It also draws on the sciences (anatomy, physiology and relevant pathophysiology of the human body, including pharmacology). By the end of this module you will have the knowledge and skills rehearsal to be an active team member, and where appropriate to lead, during obstetric emergencies within the clinical setting, and to critical reflect on such events to enhance future practice.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes


Application of relevant pathophysiology, genetic /genomics, psychosocial, ethical, legal, pharmacological, aspects across the childbirth continuum, for women or neonate centred high quality care (including for her fetus), to the topics listed below. Interprofessional /inter agency referral and working is encompassed throughout the module. Maternal • Post-partum Haemorrhage; primary and secondary (theory and practice ) • Antepartum Haemorrhage (abruption and placenta preavia) ; • Abnormal placenta conditions; retained placenta, incomplete placenta; uterine inversion • Maternal collapse (Adult and maternal basic life support) theory and skills rehearsal • Deteriorating patient, clinical assessment and monitoring (clinical observations of all systems) and midwifery and nursing care (including pressure area care, fluid management, including blood transfusions and blood products, Acute Kidney Injury and fluid balance) • Shock; including hypovolemic, septic, anaphylactic, and cardiovascular •Eclamptic fit (prevention of impending fit, and actual fit)theory and skill rehearsal • Oxygen therapy •Debriefing for mental health wellness Interpreting blood results Fetal • Breech – theory and skills rehearsal • Shoulder dystocia – theory and skills rehearsal • Cord prolapse – theory • Neonatal collapse and resuscitation skills rehearsal Human factors • The contribution of human and organisational factors to successful prevention and management of emergencies • Professional responsibilities of midwife during and immediately after any emergency and to consider factor to enhance future practice for self and team Inter-professional 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

Skill Rehearsal Group work Role play Self-directed learning Technology enhanced learning Values Based Enquiry Tutorials

Practical classes and workshops21
Preparation for scheduled sessions20
Completion of assessment task70
Wider reading or practice20.5
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Kohen D (2010). Oxford Textbook of Women and Mental Health. 

Blackburn S (2013). Maternal, fetal and neonatal physiology; A clinical perspective. 

Knight M, Kenyon S, Brocklehurst P, Neilson J, Shakepearce J, Kurinczuk JJ (2016). Saving Lives, Improving Mother’s care; lessons learned to inform maternity care from the Uk and Ireland Confidential enquiries intyo Maternal deaths and Morbidity 2009-2014. 

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

James D, Steer P, Weiner C, and Gonik B. (2011). High risk pregnancy; Management options. 

Queenan JT, Spong CY, Lockwood CJ (2015). Protocols for High Risk Pregnancies; an evidence based approach. 

Chapman V and Charles C (eds) (2013). The Midwife’s Labour and Birth Handbook. 

Winter C, Crofts J, Laxton C, Barnfield S, and Draycott T (2017). PROMPT; PRactical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training Course Manual. 



Skills rehearsal


MethodPercentage contribution
Critical essay  (2000 words) 60%
Objective Structured Clinical Examination  (15 minutes) 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Critical essay  ( words) 60%
Objective Structured Clinical Examination  (15 minutes) 40%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


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:

Anything else not covered elsewhere

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 your own expense.

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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