The unit builds on the content of the Midwifery Care 1 and Pathophysiology and Medication in Midwifery units to extend students’ knowledge of the more complex midwifery care practices that women may experience during the intra- and post-partum periods. Childbearing complications and their impact on the woman’s and her baby’s health are examined. The implications of health complications are also explored in relation to midwifery decision-making and scope of practice. Students will analyse and investigate the collaborative role of the midwife and referral pathway when women are identified as experiencing higher-risk health issues. Medication management, the use of technology and birthing interventions and their impact on women’s and babies’ health are also explored. Specifically, the content will cover unexpected complications and deviations during women’s labour and birth, and the postpartum period, with an emphasis on students assessing and responding appropriately to health risks.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
The assessment tasks align with the learning outcomes and graduate capabilities. In the first assessment, students submit a written reflection exploring a self-identified practice challenge. The aim is to facilitate reflective practice and help build resilience in responding to professional role challenges. For the second assessment, students will be tested on their clinical knowledge with a short answer case study question format. For the third assessment, students will be required to actively participate in a group skills test managing an obstetric emergency situation which includes a written reflection post-skills test. The last assessment is an online medication competency test in which students are required to achieve 100%.
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):