This practice unit complements the units Complex Pregnancy and Birth 1 & 2 and will focus on students developing their knowledge and skills relating to women who experience complex pregnancy, labour, birth and the postpartum period. Emphasis is given to the recognition of problems and the collaborative and referral role of the midwife. Whilst recognising the role of other healthcare practitioners, midwifery care will be central. Students will be involved in providing midwifery care and support to women experiencing obstetrical intervention and the use of medical technology. This unit (HMB3114) provides students with further midwifery practice opportunities in a clinical venue. This practice subject will assist students to build on skills obtained in previous semesters in working with women experiencing childbearing and application of evidence-based knowledge to midwifery practice. Students maintain partnerships with women with whom they have made initial relationships as part of 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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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate emerging confidence and competence in midwifery practice;  
  2. Recognise own attitudes, beliefs and values when working with childbearing women within a diverse cultural context;  
  3. Value the journey of being with women through childbearing;  
  4. Employ strategies to work with women in making the transition to parenthood which is viewed as an experience of growth and change;  
  5. Integrate the knowledge and midwifery practice skills acquired from preceding units which inform the current stage of practice as a midwife;  
  6. Apply evidence-based knowledge to midwifery practice related to developing practice when working with childbearing women;  
  7. Critically reflect on self and practice as a midwife;  
  8. Implement evidence-informed care when working with women.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Journal Three (3) Reflective Journals Pass/Fail
Practicum Clinical Performance Appraisal Pass/Fail
Report Continuity of Care Report 1000 words Pass/Fail
Practice assessment is based on the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia (2010) National Competency Standards for the Midwife.

Required reading

Skills for midwifery practice, (3rd ed)
Johnson, R. & Taylor, W. (2011),
Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh.

This midwifery-specific text is the latest edition as approved by the external accreditation agency ANMAC.

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