Unit description

Extends students’ application of knowledge from psychophysiology, epigenetics, fetal programming and neuroscience to reproductive physiology and midwifery practice.  Students will further develop their skills in holistic health assessment, clinical reasoning and decision making through case studies which focus on physical health assessments and care provision for the woman and fetus/baby.

Unit content

Module 1 Scientific Foundations of Midwifery Practice

  • Homeostasis and Allostasis
  • Psychophysiology applied to reproductive physiology
  • Epigenetics applied to reproductive physiology
  • Neuroscience applied to reproductive physiology

Module 2 Health Assessment, Clinical Reasoning in Midwifery Practice

  • Holism, person/health environments
  • Holistic health assessment skills within a therapeutic relationship with the woman and family
  • Revision and extension of systems-based physical assessment of the woman
  • Revision and extension of mental health assessment for the woman and baby
  • Revision and extension of assessment of fetal wellbeing
  • Revision of newborn health assessment
  • Clinical reasoning and expert judgement applied to pregnancy, labour, birth, postnatal and breastfeeding
  • Consultation and Referral
  • Diagnosis and care planning within a therapeutic relationship with the woman and family
  • Health promotion education for individuals and groups
  • Evaluation of the effects of midwifery care and education

Module 3 Technical Skills for Midwifery Practice

  • Venepuncture
  • Cannulation
  • Genital tract repair
  • Speculum examination
  • Pap smears
  • ALSO certification (or equivalent)
  • Fetal monitoring certification.

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

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