Aboriginal Childbearing

Course code ABOR2500Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsWollotuka School of Aboriginal Studies

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 pre-conception, 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.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Port Macquarie Nth Coast InstSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012
ObjectivesOn the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
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

This course is comprised of four modules. Each module has a defined set of learning outcomes listed below.

Module 1 – Introduction to Indigenous history and diversity
Students who successfully complete this module will have the knowledge to be able to:
1. Discuss pre-colonial Indigenous history and diversity
2. Explore the influence of white colonisation on Indigenous people in Australia with an emphasis on the Hunter New England region.
3. Critically discuss the concept of ‘the stolen generation’, and its ongoing legacy for Indigenous people.
4. Evaluate the cultural appropriateness and effectiveness of the ways in which Western Health Services have been offered to Indigenous people over the past 150 years
5. Discuss the roles that midwives and nurses have historically played in providing care to Indigenous women and babies.


Module 2 - Women’s Birthing Business and Western Maternity Care
1. In early colonial history, describe the role that Indigenous women had with birthing women, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous
2. Explore childbearing from an Indigenous perspective, in particular looking at women’s business and men’s roles in family matters.
3. Discuss the way in which Western maternity services are currently offered to Indigenous women and their families.
4. Discuss organisational factors that could be modified within existing maternity care services to enhance cultural safety for Indigenous people.
5. Discuss models of maternity care provision that may be more acceptable to Indigenous women and communities.
6. Compare and contrast historical images of white Australian midwives with a contemporary understanding of Midwifery as a woman-centred, culturally safe, primary health care discipline
7. Discuss the cultural safety of non-Indigenous midwives visiting women in Indigenous families and communities.

Module 3 - Health disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Childbearing Families
Students who successfully complete this module will have the knowledge to be able to:
1. Discuss the difference in health status of Indigenous childbearing women and babies and relate this to social and political context of Indigenous people
2. Apply primary health care principles as a way of addressing health disparities in Indigenous women and babies
Module 4 – Cultural Safety in relation to Indigenous Childbearing Women
Students who successfully complete this module will have the knowledge to be able to:

1. Demonstrate self-awareness concerning cultural values, beliefs and perspectives in relation to Indigenous people and their health and wellbeing.
2. Actively choose values that are consistent with respect for Indigenous people and the practice of midwifery in a culturally safe manner.
3. Apply the principles of cultural safety to their practice with Indigenous childbearing women and their families and communities.
Content- Indigenous history and cultural diversity (pre and post-colonial)
- Indigenous Women’s business & Western Maternity services
- Health Disparities between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Childbearing Families
- Cultural safety in relation to Indigenous childbearing
Replacing Course(s)ABOR2110
TransitionNo transitional arrangements required as this course is a new course in the new Midwifery Program
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsLecture
Integrated Learning
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsStudents will chose from a number of set essay questions which will provide students with opportunity to analyse critical course content against key course objectives.
JournalStudents will keep a reflective journal on their WIL experiences which will be assessed against the course content, knowledge, analytical and theoretical frameworks assessed against their workplace practical exposure.
Presentations - TutorialStudents will provide leadership via presentation or moderation of tutorial chat session (online) of a weekly tutorial topic.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Integrated Learning: for 16 hour(s) per Term for 4 weeks
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for ABOR2500