Introduction to Midwifery and Psychophysiology

Description

This course introduces the theories underpinning the practice of midwifery. These theories are helpful for midwives to be able to achieve the module objective, which is to support the woman to optimise her psychophysiology across the childbearing year.

The course provides a holistic perspective on the role of the midwife in relation to working with the woman and her partner, in a culturally safe way, across the childbearing continuum. The childbearing continuum includes preconception, conception, normal pregnancy labour and birth.

Ethical and Legal dimensions of decision-making are explored. A holistic understanding of fetal and neonatal growth, health and well-being is also presented. Breastfeeding, bonding and the postnatal experiences are all addressed. The midwife┬┐s role in prescribing and administering therapeutic substances is included.

This course is a Compulsory Program Component and students must pass in order to progress in the Bachelor of Midwifery program

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Ensure that midwifery practice is ethically appropriate and woman-centred

2. Base midwifery practice on ethical decision-making

3. Describe the midwife's role in prescribing and administering therapeutic substances, including pharmacological agents and complementary therapies

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

5. Integrate knowledge from psychophysiology and related research to understand best practice in maternity care in the following contexts, a)Preconception and conception b)Pregnancy c)Birth d)Postnatal and Infant nutrition

Content

  • Module 1: Law, Ethics and Professional Practice
  • Module 2: Introduction to Psychophysiology, Evidence-informed Maternity Care
  • Module 3: The Well Woman and Partner in the Preconceptual Period
  • Module 4: The Well Woman and Baby in Pregnancy
  • Module 5: The Well Woman and Baby in Labour and Birth
  • Module 6: The Well Woman and Baby in the Postnatal Period
  • Module 7: Prescribing and Administering Therapeutic Substances

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.

Requisites

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Midwifery program. Pre-requisite- successful completion of NURS1101

Assumed Knowledge

Semester 1 Bachelor of Midwifery courses: NURS1101, HUBS1401, NURS1102.

Assessment Items

Quiz: Online Quizzes (x5) *

Formal Examination: Examination *

Project: Learning Package *

Participation: Preparation for and participation in tutorials *

Practical Demonstration: Attendance / communication workshop *

Practical Demonstration: Mental health First Aid Workshop *

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Research awareness exercise (Optional activity ) *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Tutorial: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Student are required to attend 80% of tutorials

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Quiz: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Project: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Participation: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Practical Demonstration: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Practical Demonstration: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Students must complete NSW Health Department requirements for students to attend placements in NSW Health facilities.

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Lecture may be internal or online, at the student's choice.

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks

Tutorials may be internal or online, at the student's choice.

Workshop

Face to Face On Campus 22 hour(s) per Term

An 8 hour workshop and a 14 hour workshop