Midwifery Care 1: Developing Midwifery Practice

    Unit code: HMB2002 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    St Albans
    HMB1001 - Foundations of Midwifery; and
    HMB1002 - Fundamentals of Midwifery and Nursing; and
    HMB1003 - Midwifery and Nursing Professional Practice Experience; and
    HMB2001 - Pathophysiology and Medications for Midwives
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    In this unit of study students will draw from knowledge gained in the foundational midwifery units to continue to explore pregnancy and childbirth through a health and wellness model of care. The focus will be on the woman and her family incorporating a holistic approach of woman-centred care. The unit will focus on students’ acquisition of essential skills such as neonatal resuscitation. Cultural diversity and safety will also be examined in relation to optimising wellness in childbearing women and their families, with a focus on acknowledging the birthing practices and needs of Australia’s First Nations people. This unit will also analyse contemporary midwifery social-political and legal concepts.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Investigate and interpret the provision of woman-centred holistic care in healthy women’s experiences of pregnancy, labour and birth and the early parenting period;
    2. Contextualise the provision of women’s birthing care within diverse cultural populations;
    3. Intellectualise and exhibit enhanced midwifery practice skills including the safe use of medications and the use of technology in contemporary midwifery practice;
    4. Analyse emerging socio-cultural issues affecting midwives’ scope of practice with reference to their worldview of childbearing and maternity services; and
    5. Exhibit appropriate therapeutic communication with women within a holistic framework and communicate care plan using intraprofessional and interprofessional communication skills.


    For Melbourne campuses

    The assessment tasks align with the learning outcomes and graduate capabilities. In the first assessment, students will source a piece of contemporary midwifery news and post a critical evidence-based analysis of the article on the discussion board. For the second assessment, students will submit a written paper that will critically review the implications of informed consent, woman-centred care and the impact on their professional practice. In the third assessment, students will complete a Midwifery skills assessment, including interpretation of Electronic Foetal Monitoring (EFM) of the unborn baby. The last assessment is an online medication competency test in which students are required to achieve 100%.

    Assessment type: Review
    Grade: 10%
    Written critical evidence-based discussion post (300 words)
    Assessment type: Essay
    Grade: 40%
    Written Essay on consent and scope of practice issues (1200 words)
    Assessment type: Other
    Grade: 50%
    Midwifery skills assessment, including interpretation of EFM of the unborn baby
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 0%
    Medication administration – open book self-directed (hurdle)

    Required reading

    Skills for Midwifery Practice
    de-Vitry Smith, S., Bayes, S., Johnson, R. & Taylor, W. (Eds.). (2019)| Elsevier: Chatswood, New South Wales
    Midwifery: Preparation for Practice
    Pairman, S., Tracy, S.K., Dahlen, H.G. & Dixon, L. (Eds.) (2019)| Elsevier: Chatswood, New South Wales

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