Supporting Newborn and Maternal Wellbeing

    Unit code: HMB3004 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    VU Sunshine Clinical School
    HNB2002 - Contemporary Nursing and Mental Health A; and
    HNB2006 - Professional Experience Placement 3 Nursing Mental Health; and
    HMB3001 - Midwifery Care 2: Women with Complex Childbearing Needs; and
    HMB3002 - Midwifery Practice Experience 2
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This unit will expand on the knowledge gained in the Midwifery Care and Contemporary Nursing units. The approach facilitates students’ application of knowledge to practice in the provision of care of the sick newborn. Students will learn how to utilise information from women’s prenatal, labour and post birth care to inform and guide their assessments of the newborn and make appropriate referrals to other professionals. Students will build on the knowledge gained in previous units to enable them to support women and newborns with complex feeding requirements. Students will also apply mental health knowledge to conduct in-depth examinations of perinatal mental health issues to effectively care for women experiencing these issues. This is a combined theory and practice unit with 80 hours of supervised nursing practice undertaken in a Special Care Nursery practice setting.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Critically examine how culturally safe therapeutic models and strategies can promote maternal and newborn wellbeing;
    2. Critically examine how therapeutic models and strategies can promote maternal wellbeing;
    3. Analyse and demonstrate how to support the comprised newborn, including emergency management, safe medication administration and neonatal resuscitation and link to supervised safe practice in the Special Care Nursery setting;
    4. Contextualise how the prenatal, labour and post birth assessment findings inform the conduct of newborn discharge assessment and utilisation of referral pathways using intraprofessional and interprofessional communication; and
    5. Investigate how infant feeding and lactation issues can impact on maternal and newborn wellbeing in the initial perinatal period.


    For Melbourne campuses

    The assessment tasks link to the learning outcomes and graduate capabilities. In the first assessment, students will submit a reflective piece of written work on perinatal mental health assessment and the role of the midwife in response to the simulation already undertaken. For assessment two, case studies will be used to assess the student's comprehension of the unit content with emphasis on neonatal care whilst undertaking placement. Students will also participate in a neonatal skills assessment. The practicum assessment is undertaken within the scheduled timing of the 80 hours of supervised practice in the Special Care Nursery setting.

    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 35%
    Part A Reflection on perinatal mental health assessment (800 words)
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 35%
    Part B Reflections of working with sick newborns x 2 (Week 3 and Week 4 on whilst on placement) (800 words)
    Assessment type: Practicum
    Grade: 30%
    Neonatal skills assessment (30 minutes)
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 0%
    Medication administration – open book self-directed learning allocation in block (hurdle)
    Assessment type: Practicum
    Grade: 0%
    ANSAT Performance Appraisal

    Required reading

    Midwifery: Preparation for practice
    Pairman, S., Tracy, S. K., Dahlen, H. G., Lesley Dixon, L. (2019)| Chatswood, NSW: Elsevier.

    As part of a course

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