Introduction to Midwifery and Psychophysiology

Course code MIDI1201Units 20Level 1000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

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 wellbeing 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

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Port Macquarie Nth Coast InstSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

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
ContentModule 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
Replacing Course(s)Not Applicable
TransitionNot Applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSemester 1 Bachelor of Midwifery courses: NURS1101, HUBS1401, NURS1102.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalFinal written exam - Multiple Choice and Short Answers
Exam content will be linked to course objectives and key concepts.

A grade of 50% or higher in the final exam is required to pass this course.

Students who do not achieve 50% or higher in the exam may be offered a second attempt if all other course requirements have been satisfied.
Group/tutorial participation and contributionPreparation and participation in tutorials is a hurdle requirement for passing this course as tutorials provide educational experiences aimed at changing student knowledge, attitudes and skills so as to enable students to safely and effectively interact with women and their families in ways that are physically, emotionally, socially and culturally safe.
Other: (please specify)Learning Package
Other: (please specify)Certificate of Completion of NSW Health Code of Conduct (Mandatory) - Hurdle Requirement
Quiz - On-lineOnline Quizzes
WorkshopCommunication Workshop - attendance and participation - Hurdle Requirement
WorkshopAttendance at Mental Health Workshop - Hurdle Requirement
Contact HoursTutorial: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks
Workshop: for 8 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Workshop: for 14 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentIn order to demonatrate that the student has fulfilled the course learning objectives and to be awarded a pass or higher grade in this course each student is required to:
- Submit all assessment items
- Gain a mark of 50% or higher in the final exam
- Gain 50% or higher in all assessment items
- Prepare and Participate in 80% of tutorials
Those who fail to satisfy the Compulsory Course Requirements will have the normal avenues of appeal open to them.
Requisite by EnrolmentEnrolment in Bachelor of Midwifery
Prior successful completion of NURS1101.
Compulsory Program ComponentMeet NSW Health Verification Requirements.
Academic Integrity Module
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MIDI1201