The aim of this unit is to introduce students to evidence based care of the woman experiencing health problems or conditions in pregnancy, labour and birth, illustrating their relationship to midwifery practice. Emphasis is given to the collaborative role of the midwife, referral mechanisms, medication management, use of medical technology and intervention and the implications for the woman and her baby. Topics that will be covered include genetic and developmental abnormalities, antepartum bleeding and infection, and conditions that may pre-exist or present during pregnancy. Students will also develop skills in foetal surveillance and assessment.

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RBM2101 - Pathophysiology & Quality Use of Medicines 1

HNB1204 - Foundations of Nursing and Midwifery 2

RBM2202 - Pathophysiology & Quality Use of Medicines 2

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply pathophysiological knowledge to women experiencing complications during pregnancy, labour and birth.  
  2. Compare and contrast the use of medications and technology in midwifery and obstetric practice.  
  3. Perform midwifery practice skills such as vaginal examination, management of induction of labour, episiotomy and perineal care, epidural infusions and care, venepuncture, management of intravenous therapy and foetal surveillance and assessment in a laboratory or simulated environment.  
  4. Demonstrate accuracy in drug calculations.  
  5. Apply knowledge of woman-centred midwifery care during complex pregnancy, labour and birth.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Medication administration 0%
Test Test (40 minutes) 20%
Assignment Written assessment (1000 words) 30%
Other Oral assessment (30mins) 50%
To pass this unit, students must achieve an aggregate score of 50% and pass the final written examination and drug calculations test (hurdle). To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must attend 85% of all practical and clinical simulation. Any absences must be supported with documentation to the unit convenor. The written examination assesses breadth of critical knowledge which further informs practice and underpins subsequent units. Students must achieve 100% in the medication administration test (hurdle requirement) which is integral to safe midwifery practice.

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