This unit will provide students with foundational knowledge to care for the newborn with complications, using a family centred approach. Students will examine the circumstances which can lead to the newborn being admitted to a level two nursery, and related ethico-legal issues. The application of assessment, technology, medication, interprofessional practice and management of care for the unstable newborn will also be practised and examined.

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HMB3101 - Complex Midwifery 2

HMB3102 - Midwifery Professional Practice 2

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse the development of the foetus during the second half of pregnancy.  
  2. Investigate the circumstances that may necessitate admission of a newborn to a level two nursery, and explore its' impact upon the family.  
  3. Examine the role of the midwife in the level two nursery within the context of interprofessional practice, including assessment and management of the newborn and potential emergencies.  
  4. Debate the ethico-legal issues for newborns with special needs, and the family's need for privacy, dignity, respect, and their right to make informed decisions.  
  5. Provide safe and effective care of the newborn and their family in a level two Nursery.  
  6. Demonstrate accuracy in paediatric drug calculations.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Written assessment (1500 words) 30%
Examination Written examination (2 hours) 50%
Test Written topic test 20%
To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must achieve an aggregate score of 50% and pass the maths test (hurdle). Accuracy in medication administration is an absolute requirement for this vulnerable cohort. Students must complete forty (40) professional practice hours in a Level Two nursery.

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