Unit description

Develops the students' knowledge about how to care for women and babies with serious disorders or complications during childbearing. Students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to care for women who experience pelvic floor trauma. They learn about genetic and congenital disorders during pregnancy and after birth. Students have placement experiences where they learn how to care for the seriously ill neonate and how to support optimal holistic health for the baby, the woman and her family.

Unit content

Module 1: Complicated multiple pregnancy, birth and postpartum
Module 2: Complicated breech pregnancy and birth
Module 3: Serious maternal conditions during childbearing
Module 4: Introduction to genetic and congenital conditions of the newborn
Module 5: Introduction to serious infections in the newborn
Module 6: Caring for the seriously ill neonate
Module 7: Psychophysiology effects on baby and families
Module 8: Pelvic floor and soft tissues trauma and healing

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Billington, M & Stevenson, M, 2005, Critical care for midwives, 1st edn, Blackwell Publishing, Carlton.
  • Merenstein, G & Gardner, S , 2006, Handbook of neonatal intensive care, 6th edn, Mosby, USA.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 36 (Residential Session)
Tutorial on-site 12 (Residential Session)
Laboratory session 18 (Residential Session)
Community/Professional placement 150
Discussion board20%
Online Exam25%
Midwifery Practice RequirementsSR
Critical review40%
K2 Online AssessmentSR

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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