The aim of this unit is to develop student's knowledge and skills in the promotion of maternal mental health and wellbeing. The unit will comprise of two modules. Module 1 will explore the psychosocial factors and psychiatric conditions that may impact on the woman's pregnancy, childbirth and transition to motherhood. Module 2 will focus on the midwives' role in supporting mothers with a health condition to establish and maintain lactation with consideration of prescribed medication, complementary therapy and/or illicit substances, to promote maternal-infant attachment and wellness. The role of immunisation and medications to protect the mother and foetus during pregnancy, childbirth and lactation will also be explored.

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HMB3201 - Complications of the Newborn

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Examine a range of psychosocial and mental health problems that may impact on women during the perinatal period;  
  2. Critically examine therapeutic models and strategies to promote maternal mental health and wellbeing on women during the perinatal period;  
  3. Critically review the impact of pharmaceuticals and complimentary therapy on pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and the newborn;  
  4. Discuss drugs of abuse and their effects on pregnancy, breastfeeding and the newborn; and  
  5. Analyse the impact of immunisation and medications for protecting the foetus during pregnancy, childbirth and lactation.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Written assessment (1000) words 25%
Examination Written examination (2 hours) 50%
Test Written topic test (1 hour) 25%

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