This capstone professional practice unit prepares students for transition to practice as a graduate midwife. Students will be expected to apply theoretical principles, evidence-based knowledge and midwifery practice skills, at an increased level of complexity and independence. Students will also be expected to complete the Continuity of Care program.

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HMB4101 - Supporting Maternal and Newborn Wellbeing

HMB4102 - Midwifery Professional Practice 3

HMB4104 - Professional Studies 2

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Integrate evidence based knowledge and skills to ensure safe and confident midwifery practice.  
  2. Apply legal and ethical principles to the midwifery care requirements of the childbearing woman.  
  3. Exhibit therapeutic communication skills in the midwifery practice context.  
  4. Demonstrate knowledge and skills when caring for the woman and/or neonate experiencing a critical or deteriorating condition.  
  5. Collaborate effectively with other healthcare professionals in providing care to the woman with complex needs.  
  6. Complete 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 (1000 words) Pass/Fail
Students must attain the grade 'Pass' in their final Professional Practice Performance Appraisal and the Continuity of Care report. Supplementary assessment is not available for the Professional Practice Performance Appraisal.

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