Midwifery Practice Experience 1

    Unit code: HMB2003 | 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; and
    HMB2002 - Midwifery Care 1: Developing Midwifery Practice
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    Students apply midwifery knowledge and skills gained in previous units to undertake professional practice in a maternity practice setting. Aligned with quality and safety principles, students will exhibit the provision of safe, woman-centred care within an appropriate scope of practice. Placements occur under the supervision of a registered midwife who provides feedback to students on their professional practice. Before commencing placement, students will be asked to provide mandatory documentation for allocations as part of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) requirements for midwifery students. Students will undertake 160 hours of placement following successful completion of the Midwifery Care 1 – Developing Midwifery Practice unit. Students also continue the Continuity of Care program, recruiting a further two (2) women. This enables opportunities for the midwifery student to share a therapeutic relationship with each woman to learn about the uniqueness of childbearing from the individual woman’s perspective.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Employ a woman-centred approach to exhibit safe and individualised care to women and their families across the childbearing journey within the midwives’ scope of practice as defined by national legislative and professional frameworks;
    2. Exhibit respect for all women and their families inclusive of their individual culture, beliefs, values and socio-economic status during pregnancy, labour and birth and the early parenting period;
    3. Consolidate communication skills to interact safely and appropriately with women and health professionals;
    4. Initiate safe clinical reasoning and decision-making within the second year midwifery student’s scope of practice knowledge; and
    5. Apply strategies of resilience in caring for self and as an emerging midwife professional.


    For Melbourne campuses

    The assessment tasks link the learning outcomes and graduate capabilities. Each piece of assessment for the unit relates to students integrating theoretical knowledge and skills to the woman and her baby’s care across pregnancy, labour and birth and post-birth care and is documented in the Practice Portfolio. Professional midwifery appraisals scaffold experiential learning by midwife facilitators providing formative and summative feedback and supported learning to achieve interim and final learning objectives as stated at the commencement of practice placement by each individual student. The Continuity of Care report details evidence-based reflective learning of student’s individual learning of childbearing from a woman’s experience which is critical to locating beginning practice in a philosophy of woman-centred care. All assessments are undertaken within the scheduled timing of the placement.

    Assessment type: Practicum
    Grade: Pass/Fail
    Interim Professional Practice Performance Appraisal - midwifery in Practice Portfolio
    Assessment type: Practicum
    Grade: Pass/Fail
    Final Professional Practice Performance Appraisal - midwifery in Practice Portfolio
    Assessment type: Report
    Grade: Pass/Fail
    Continuity of Care Report detailing experience with one of the recruited women (1000 words)

    Required reading

    Skills for Midwifery Practice
    de-Vitry Smith, S., Bayes, S., Johnson, R. & Taylor, W. (Eds.). (2019)| Elsevier: Chatswood, New South Wales.

    As part of a course

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