Aboriginal Childbearing


This course develops the students' cultural awareness and sensitivity to Indigenous people, their culture and spiritual practices; particularly practices associated with childbearing and family. Students will develop an understanding of the socio-historical context of Indigenous people with particular emphasis on the Hunter New England region. The stolen generation and its ongoing legacy will be explored. The way in which health services have been offered to Indigenous people will be outlined. Indigenous understandings of women's business about birthing and mothering and the role of men in families will be explored. The way that western health services and health professionals currently relate to Indigenous women will be discussed. Culturally appropriate birthing services will be considered. The aim is that midwives will learn to work in a capacity-building, culturally inclusive partnership with Indigenous women, their families, and communities during preconception, pregnancy, birth and the first 6 weeks postnatal.

This course provides cross-cultural understanding in an Indigenous context and fits the University's commitment to Indigenisation of curriculum and graduate attributes.


Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

  • Semester 1 - 2016


  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Ensure that midwifery practice is woman- centred, culturally inclusive and safe.

2. Base midwifery practice on ethical decision-making in an Indigenous cultural environment.

3. Function in accordance with legislation and common law affecting midwifery practice.

4. Integrate knowledge from psychophysiology and related research to understand best practice in maternity care in an Indigenous appropriate practice across the following contexts: a. Preconception and conception b. Pregnancy c. Birth d. Postnatal and Infant nutrition


  • Indigenous history and cultural diversity (pre and post-colonial)
  • Indigenous Women’s business and western maternity services
  • Health Disparities between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Childbearing Families
  • Cultural safety in relation to Indigenous childbearing

Assessment Items

Journal: Journal

Presentation: Tutorial Presentation

Essay: Essay/Written Presentation

Contact Hours

Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 16 hour(s) per Term

Integrated Learning 16 hours with an Aboriginal service related to childbearing women and their families which can be done flexibly to suit student and workplace.


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks