University of Technology Sydney

92922 The Meaning of Birth

6cp; 8hrs x 3wks (workshops)
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Undergraduate and Postgraduate


This subject exposes students to sociopolitical discourses that inform the experience of childbirth for women and their families, and the role of the midwife in that experience. Examining popular culture helps to stimulate students to consider and debate relevant psychosocial and political issues. Students engage in an ongoing process of questioning their own attitudes, values and feelings. Elements of research, self-reflection (as a student and as a future midwife) and woman-centred approaches assist students to prepare for what it means to be a midwife. In order to have a fuller understanding of the meaning of birth, theories of grief and loss are also explored.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus (GradDipMid students)
Spring session, City campus (BMid students)

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