This unit builds on the content of 'Working as a Professional 1' and introduces students to advanced professional practice issues in the current midwifery climate. It will examine in detail the theoretical concepts underpinning the practice of the following: episiotomy and perineal repair; advanced examination of the newborn; antenatal screening investigations and associated referral mechanisms for women; requesting and interpreting relevant laboratory tests; the options for independent midwifery practice; management of conflict in the workplace and preparation for the graduate midwife role. Opportunities may be provided to experience a range of the above topics in the clinical maternity setting.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Discuss and critique the role of the midwife in contemporary advanced midwifery practice with reference to current evidence;  
  2. Identify advanced professional midwifery practice issues in the current climate of maternity care;  
  3. Describe the procedure involved in performing an episiotomy;  
  4. Describe the procedure of perineal repair;  
  5. Demonstrate an advanced examination of the newborn in the simulated environment;  
  6. Recognise when to conduct antenatal screening investigations;  
  7. Describe which antenatal tests and investigations are needed in specific situations or conditions;  
  8. Discuss the interpretations of the results of such investigations; and  
  9. Apply the principles of conflict management to a scenario in the simulated environment.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Written Report (2500 words) 60%
Essay Written Essay (1500 words) 40%

Required reading

Examination of the newborn, a practical guide, (2nd ed).
Baston, H. & Duward, H. (2010).
Routledge: London.

Adverse outcomes in maternity care.
Edwards, G. (2004).
Books for Midwives: Edinburgh.

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