This professional practice unit complements the theoretical unit 'Complex Midwifery 1'. The unit will focus on students developing knowledge and skills related to the care of women who experience complexity during pregnancy, labour, birth, and/or the postpartum period. Students will be involved in providing midwifery care and support of women experiencing obstetric intervention and the use of medical technology. Emphasis is given to the identification of complications and the collaborative role of the midwife. Students will recruit two (2) women for the Continuity of Care program. Students in this unit are advised that restrictions apply to withdrawing online once enrolled, to meet the requirements of external placement providers.

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RBM2202 - Pathophysiology & Quality Use of Medicines 2

HMB2201 - Complex Midwifery 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate woman-centred midwifery care strategies to facilitate choice and partnership when complications in childbearing occur.  
  2. Draw upon contemporary evidence related to specific conditions that affect pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period.  
  3. Employ and evaluate the use of obstetric interventions and technologies utilised in maternity care, including maternity emergencies.  
  4. Exhibit therapeutic communication skills.  
  5. Facilitate women's access to appropriate community resources.  
  6. Provide evidence of recruitment of two women as part of the Continuity of Care program.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Practicum Interim Professional Practice Performance Appraisal Pass/Fail
Practicum Final Professional Practice Performance Appraisal Pass/Fail
Report Continuity of Care Report Pass/Fail
To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must achieve a 'competent' grading in the final Professional Practice Performance Appraisal, recruit two (2) women for the Continuity of Care program, complete the Continuity of Care report and complete 160 hours of professional practice. 160 hours of placement are required for this unit as accredited by ANMAC. Supplementary assessment is not available for the Professional Practice Performance Appraisal.

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