Midwifery Practice Experience 2

    Unit code: HMB3002 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    VU Sunshine Clinical School
    HMB2001 - Pathophysiology and Medications for Midwives; and
    HMB2002 - Midwifery Care 1: Developing Midwifery Practice; and
    HMB2003 - Midwifery Practice Experience 1; and
    HMB3001 - Midwifery Care 2: Women with Complex Childbearing Needs
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    Students apply midwifery knowledge and skills gained in previous midwifery units to undertake professional practice in a maternity practice setting. Aligned with quality and safety principles, students will demonstrate the provision of safe care to women with more complex health needs. 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 2: Women with Complex Childbearing Needs unit. Students also continue the Continuity of Care program, recruiting a further three (3) women. This enables opportunities for the midwifery student to share a therapeutic relationships 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. Utilise a woman-centred approach to demonstrate 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. Demonstrate 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. Articulate and apply collaborative communication skills in practice to interact safely and appropriately with women and health professionals;
    4. Prioritise safe clinical reasoning and decision-making within the third year midwifery student’s scope of practice knowledge; and
    5. Embed 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’ demonstrating the application of theoretical knowledge and skills to ensure the safe care of women and their babies across pregnancy, labour and birth and the post-birth period. This 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 developing 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. (2019)| Chatswood, NSW: Elsevier.

    As part of a course

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