In this unit, students consolidate their midwifery knowledge, gained in previous units and within professional practice healthcare settings. The focus of placement is students demonstrating the provision of safe, woman-centred care at a beginning level scope of practice. The 240 hours of practice experience is supervised by a Registered Midwife and students receive feedback on their performance within the framework of practice assessment. The practice informs final preparation of the capstone task comprising the preparation and submission of their final Practice Portfolio. Successful unit completion also entails presenting evidence of completion of care of women facilitating 30 normal births and all other minimum practice standards as prescribed by ANMAC (2020).
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
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 the woman and her baby’s care across pregnancy, labour and birth and post-birth care and is documented in the Practice Portfolio as the capstone task. Professional 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 Practice Portfolio details the completed suite of fundamental midwifery skills that have been successfully completed under supervision with students deemed as safe practitioners for each skill and signed off. The Practice Portfolio also provides documentary evidence of completion of the mandatory minimum practice requirements of courses to register as midwives in Australia and also details reflections on each of the seven (7) Professional Standards of the Midwife (NMBA, 2018) at course completion. 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 and as the very final unit that the HBMA students undertake.
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):