University of Technology Sydney

92636 Preparation for Midwifery Practice

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UTS: Health
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Postgraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

Description

This subject introduces students to the Graduate Diploma in Midwifery by providing an overview of the course and registering authority's requirements. Students develop an understanding and appreciation of the role of the midwife as a health care professional in the provision of contemporary maternity care. Students are introduced to a philosophy for midwifery practice, and apply this as they begin to develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes required to provide midwifery care. Students are prepared for midwifery practice in a simulated learning environment. The fundamental literacy, information technology and cognitive skills that underpin practice judgement and professionalism are developed concurrently with other subject content.

A case study examination assesses the student's knowledge of the normal physiological changes that occur in pregnancy, birth and the puerperium. It also assesses their knowledge of women's choices for midwifery care and the underlying philosophy of woman-centred midwifery care in line with the codes of midwifery practice as per the registering authority.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
A. Identify the role and responsibilities of the midwife in the provision of safe maternity services. (NMBA 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 10.1, 11.1, 12.1, 12.2)
B. Outline the requirements in order to meet NMBA Competency Standards for the Midwife and NMBA registration requirements. (NMBA 1.4, 2.1)
C. Recognise the value of evidence informed practice in midwifery. (NMBA 14.1)
D. Describe the anatomy and physiology related to pregnancy, childbirth, the puerperium and lactation and relate to midwifery care. (NMBA 5.1, 5.2)
E. Demonstrate initial midwifery practice skills related to the care of the woman and her baby during pregnancy, labour, birth and the puerperium in a simulated environment. (NMBA 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4)
F. Demonstrate skills in communication, reflection and effective documentation in a simulated environment. (NMBA 1.3, 2.5)
G. Identify and access student learning support, library and information technology support services at UTS. (NMBA 13.1)
H. Develop beginning understandings in thinking, reading and writing as a midwife including the use of information technology (IT) skills. (NMBA 13.1)

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the following graduate attributes:

  • Practise woman-centred care (1.0)
  • Are professionally competent midwives who provide safe and effective midwifery care using intelligent kindness (2.0)
  • Have a sound and thorough knowledge base about anatomy and physiology (2.1)
  • Work collaboratively in order to provide excellence in maternity care (3.0)
  • Are professionally engaged critical thinkers who take a lively and questioning approach and embrace lifelong learning (6.0)

Teaching and learning strategies

In this subject, you will participate in a range of teaching and learning strategies that are designed to enable your understanding of anatomy and physiology in relation to pregnancy, birth and the puerperium. You will learn to provide midwifery care in partnership with women through pregnancy, birth and the puerperium.

Online learning activities
Students access online learning resources including podcasts, videos and professional literature prior to face to face attendance. Other online resources enable students to clarify concepts and terminology.

In class activities
Face to face lectures are provided to enable students to clarify, discuss and develop subject concepts, including the online learning modules. Activities include case studies and stories from practice when working with women in pregnancy, birth and the puerperium.

Clinical skills, communication and simulation
Students will participate in simulated practice of clinical skills used in midwifery practice, including assessment and interventions for women through pregnancy, birth and the puerperium. Activities include the use of manikins, teaching staff or other students as simulated women. Students learn and practice clinical and interpersonal skills with case scenarios in the class room. These practice scenarios incorporate the development of professional communication skills including consultation and referral to medical colleagues.A simulation debrief will be provided which would incorporate feedback from students and tutor about skills and communication.

Students' understanding of the physiology of pregnancy, birth and the puerperium together with the development of midwifery practice will be assessed in an authentic essay relating to the minor disorders of pregnancy and an end of year case study format examination.

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Literature Review on supporting women in Midwifery Practice

Intent:

This assessment is designed to give you the opportunity to complete a literature search and further develop your academic skills in searching the literature and writing. The opportunity to explore one particular issue in relation to midwifery practice also enables you to further understand that issue. You are required to describe and critique the current evidence based research in relation to the midwifery question. The literature review will enable you to begin searching for evidence based care for women throughout the childbearing experience and will influence your midwifery practice

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, C, D, F, G and H

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

1.0, 2.0 and 6.0

Type: Essay
Weight: 40%
Length: 1500 words

Assessment task 2: Case Study Examination

Intent:

This assessment piece is designed to evaluate the student’s comprehension of midwifery knowledge and theory integration including the anatomical and physiological changes that occur to a woman during pregnancy, birth and the puerperium. It also assesses the student's beginning understanding of the transitional period of early parenthood and the role of the midwife when working with women and their families during the childbearing period.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

A, B, C, D and E

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

1.0, 2.0 and 3.0

Type: Examination
Weight: 60%

Assessment task 3: Anatomy and Physiology Workbook

Intent:

This assessment is designed to assist you in preparing for the examination and provides an overview of the anatomy and physiology knowledge required in midwifery practice.

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

C and D

This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):

2.0 and 2.1

Weight: Mandatory task that does not contribute to subject mark

Required texts

Catling, C., Cummins, A. & Hogan, R., 2016 Stories in Midwifery, Elsevier Australia, Sydney.

Gray, J. & Smith, R. 2008, Midwifery essentials, Elsevier Australia, Sydney.

Gray, J., Smith, R. & Homer, C., 2008, Illustrated dictionary of midwifery, Elsevier Australia, Sydney.

Marshall, J.E. & Raynor, M.D. 2014, Myles' Textbook for Midwives, 16th edn, Elsevier Health Science.

Pairman, S., Pincombe, J., Thorogood, C., & Tracy, S.K. 2015, Midwifery: preparation for practice, 3rd edn, Elsevier Australia.

Stables, D. & Rankin, J., 2010, Physiology in childbearing: with anatomy and related biosciences, 3rd edn, Baillière Tindall, Edinburgh.

Recommended texts

Cochrane database, http://www.cochrane.org/

Walsh, D. 2007, Evidence-based care for normal labour and birth: a guide for midwives, Routledge, London.

References

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council 2006, National Competency Standards for the Midwife, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council, Canberra.

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council 2008a, Code of Ethics for Midwives in Australia, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council, Canberra.

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council 2008b, Code of Professional Conduct for Midwives in Australia, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council, Canberra.

Blackburn, S.T., 2007, Maternal, fetal & neonatal physiology : a clinical perspective, 3rd edn, Saunders Elsevier, St. Louis, Miss.

Kirkham, M., 2010, The midwife-mother relationship, 2nd edn, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

NSW Health 2010, Towards Normal Birth in NSW, New south Wales Health, Sydney.

Riordan, J. & Wambach, K., 2010, Breastfeeding and human lactation, 4th edn, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Sudbury.

Walsh, D. 2007, Evidence-based care for normal labour and birth: a guide for midwives, Routledge, London.

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