Optimising Psychophysiology in the Childbearing Year

Course code MIDI2101Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

The aim is to equip midwifery students with the knowledge to be able to assist the childbearing woman and her family achieve the most optimal health possible, regardless of current health challenges or risk status.

This course extends on the concepts of psychophysiology and allostasis that were introduced in MIDI1201. Students will learn the biological basis for understanding how the various stressors can lead to genetic mutations, problems with genetic expression and activation of the stress response. The effects of acute and chronic stress will be considered for the woman, her partner, the foetus and the baby.

Meeting human needs is the basis for health and wellbeing; thus, unmet human needs are the causes of stress and illness. In Maslow's Hierarchy of Human Needs, the following categories of needs are addressed: physiological, safety and security, love and belonging, self-esteem and spiritual.

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 1
Port Macquarie Nth Coast InstSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesStudents who successfully complete this course will be able to:

1. Draw upon psychophysiology and apply concepts from genetics, epigenetics, allostasis and the stress and relaxation responses to the childbearing woman, her partner the foetus and the baby
2. Work with the woman and her partner to support them to meet their own needs and that of their foetus and baby in the following categories:
a. Physiological needs including; shelter, nutrition, sleep, exercise, sex and avoiding radiation and pollution
b. Safety needs including; income, safety at home and in community, access to health care, control of own health decisions
c. Love and belonging needs including; love in the primary relationship and the family, feeling loved and supported by friends and co-workers and having a midwifery partnership
d. Self-Esteem needs including feeling valuable and important to others and proud of self as a woman and a mother
e. Self-actualisation and spiritual needs, including identifying and living in alignment with own values, being spontaneous and creatively expressing oneself as an individual
ContentThis course is comprised of six modules.
Module 1: Psychophysiology and Health Promotion
Module 2: Healthy Satisfaction of Physiological Needs
Module 3: Healthy Satisfaction of Safety and Security Needs
Module 4 Healthy Satisfaction of Love and Belonging Needs
Module 5: Healthy Satisfaction of Self-esteem Needs
Module 6: Healthy Satisfaction of Self-actualisation and Spiritual Needs
Replacing Course(s)Not Applicable
TransitionNot Applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeFirst Year Bachelor of Midwifery courses.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassIn Class Exam - Computer Based linked to learning modules
Students will be provided with two opportunities to demonstrate mastery (inclusive of the original and 1 attempt).
Case Scenario/PBL exercisesCase Study
Contact HoursLecture: for 24 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentIn order to demonstrate 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 50% or higher for all assessment items

Those who fail to satisfy the Compulsory Course Requirements will have the normal avenues of appeal open to them.
Requisite by EnrolmentEnrolment in the Bachelor of Midwifery
Prior successful completion of MIDI1201 & MIDI1202.
Compulsory Program ComponentMandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.
Academic Integrity Module
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for MIDI2101