University of Technology Sydney

92677 Care of the Newborn

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UTS: Health
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

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Evidence-based care of the newborn who experiences deviations from normal health is the focus of this subject. Students are introduced to common newborn conditions encountered in the Special Care Nursery within a framework of family-centred care. The subject includes the midwife's role in the initial care of the newborn with more complex needs. Students develop knowledge and skills in newborn examination, recognising clinical deterioration, resuscitation and stabilisation. The subject also has a clinical component included, alongside Midwifery Practice 3.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
A. Describe altered embryological development and explain the influence of adverse perinatal factors on the baby.
B. Review the physiological processes for extrauterine adaptation and recognise the alterations when a newborn has complex needs within a family centred care approach with appropriate skills in communicating to women and families.
C. Describe the developmental and behavioural expectations of newborn babies with complex needs and recognize and respond when a baby’s condition deteriorates.
D. Assess, plan, implement and evaluating care of newborn babies with complex needs and communicate sensitively with women and families who have a baby with these needs.
E. In a simulated environment, demonstrate safe and effective resuscitation of the newborn.