The Childbearing Woman and her Family

Course code NURS6590Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

The course encourages a critical analysis of health issues related to women. The needs of specific groups of women are investigated, incorporating social, political, economic, cultural and spiritual perspectives. Issue of reproductive and social health are developed. Health promotion, health education and community development are presented and applied to women's health issues. The concepts of family and family as a system are explored from traditional and feminist perspectives. Sexual abuse, domestic violence, depression, loss and grief are all considered. Mental Health First Aid and Promoting Mental Wellness in childbearing women are discussed with mental health experts are introduced.

Not available in 2014

Previously offered in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesUpon completion of the learning activities for this course, supported by appropriate use of the literature & self directed study the student will be able to:

1. Critically analyse the major conceptual frameworks for understanding the family and the relationship between the family and the broader community;
2. Explore the family as a system with an understanding of how change impacting on one family member affects all family members;
3. Analyse the political, social and demographic characteristics of Australian families to indicate trends and consider the impact of these trends for the need for midwifery services;
4. Critically discuss power and the impact of childhood sexual abuse on women and birth and the impact of birth as a potential healing experience;
5. Critically discuss power and the impact of domestic violence on women and babies during pregnancy and in the early parenting period;
6. Develop strategies for supporting women to disclose sexual abuse and domestic violence and respond in ways that are sensitive and make appropriate referrals as indicated;
7. Critically discuss ante-natal and post natal depression and anxiety and formulate midwifery strategies for preventing these if possible and minimising their impact when they occur; and
8. Develop strategies to support women with mental health challenges during pregnancy, birth and early parenthood;
9. Apply current theories and models of health promotion, community development and health education to enhance physical and emotional health for women; and
10. Define, describe and discuss infertility, therapeutic abortion, miscarriage as womens health issues.
ContentHealth promotion, health education and community development are presented and applied to women's health issues. The concepts of family and family as a system are explored from traditional and feminist perspectives. Sexual abuse, domestic violence, depression, loss and grief are all considered. Mental Health First Aid and Promoting Mental Wellness in childbearing women are discussed with mental health experts are introduced.
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Transitionn/a
Industrial Experience1
Assumed KnowledgeCompleted Bachelor of Nursing degree or equivalent
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Workshop
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Other: (please specify)Online Postings and responses
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Email Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks
Workshop: for 14 hour(s) per Term for Full Term