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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MID1007 Module Title: NORMAL MIDWIFERY PRACTICE
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: MID1007
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: BROWN A Dr (HSC)
Number of credits: 60 Number of ECTS credits: 30
Module Availability

Semester 1 and 2

Assessment Pattern
Module assessments
This module is assessed by an Objective Structured Clinical assessment (OSCA) and the practice portfolio. This module portfolio is designed to record your practice experience during the first year of midwifery education, and includes the stapled, first year, Record of Practice (Yellow Section) and other loose leaf practice documentation. The Record of Practice enables you to present a comprehensive ‘picture’ of your learning and your proficiency in selected skills. Your mentor’s grading of your ability to achieve the module learning outcomes supports the understanding that professional knowledge and understanding gained through the experience of work are of value and worthy of academic credit. All parts of the portfolio and the OSCA must be passed.
OSCA – Postnatal examination of mother or baby
The OSCA is jointly assessed by a tutor and a member of the midwifery staff at your Trust. The document at the end of the white section shows you what will be assessed. You will have had a detailed explanation in the classroom of the skills required and time to practice with your mentors in practice. The module leader will give you dates for a formal practice for the assessment within the Trust. This is a learning opportunity not a recorded assessment. You will also be notified of the date for the final assessment of this skill in practice. You will not know until the assessment whether you are examining a mother or baby. Should you fail to achieve a pass on the day; a retrieval date will be set. The mark for this assessment will be given to you separately but will then be combined with the other portfolio marks by the examinations office for a final module mark.
Portfolio Part B – The written work
Reflection – 2,500 words
This reflection will focus on the care given during the OSCA and what you have learned from reflecting on it
The reflection will be structured using a reflective model of the student’s choice. You are advised to leave any subheadings, relating to the model used, visible in the text and you must include an outline of the model used in an appendix. The focus of the reflection is on the care you gave during the OSCA, not how you felt about the assessment. You will be required to include:
  • identification of the needs of the woman or baby and her family
  • the issues in the planning and delivery of care
  • current evidence for practice decisions
  • the role of the midwife and other health professional
  • evaluation of own performance in the midwifery activity including an assessment of whether the needs of the mother/baby were met
  • any appropriate action taken and areas for improvement 
Presentation of written work (Must be word processed)
  • ·        Arial - font size 12
  • ·        Double spaced
  • ·        NO work to be presented in individual plastic sleeves
  • ·        All pages to be numbered with students name as a header
  • ·        All work is to be dated
Failure to adhere to the above may result in work being returned unmarked
Module Overview
Module Aims

This module will enable the student midwife to develop basic knowledge and skills in antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care of the woman, the fetus, the neonate and the wider family. The module additionally provides the student with the opportunity to rehearse practical skills within a safe and supportive clinical skills laboratory environment progressing to different environments of care i.e. community and hospital settings.

In addition this module introduces the student midwife to the practice of midwifery as a profession. This will be achieved through an exploration of defining attitudes and values and the diversity of the role of the midwife including her/his relationship to other health professionals and clients.
Learning Outcomes
Learning outcomes

By the end of the module the mother should expect the student to be able to:

Professional practice skills

1. practice in accordance with NMC Midwives Rules and Standards (2004) and The Code: Standards of conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives (NMC 2008) demonstrating a basic knowledge of professional regulation and self regulation
2. practice in accordance with NMC documents with particular reference to respecting clients choices and wishes and acknowledging the boundaries of a professional, caring relationship
3. demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively and develop positive relationships with women, their families and other health professionals including those from diverse circumstances
4. recognise and begin to respond to the needs of low risk childbearing women and their families demonstrating basic competence when examining women with healthy/normal pregnancies in the antenatal and postnatal periods
5. accurately collect, observe, record and interpret data related to the health and well-being of mothers and babies
6. begin to support and assist women experiencing normal labour and birth
7. demonstrate basic competence in monitoring fetal wellbeing in labour including recognition of a normal CTG
8. demonstrate basic competence when caring for healthy neonates
9. begin to support and assist women to feed their babies
10. participate in the safe transfer of mother and baby to the care of the community midwife and safe discharge to the care of the health visitor
11. begin to develop a holistic approach when caring for women and their families e.g., by taking a physiological, sociological , psychological and spiritual perspective
12. begin to develop skills in assessing, planning and evaluating care
13. identify factors associated with a safe environment and respond appropriately including awareness and utilisation of infection control measures
14. demonstrate an ability to work effectively in a team with an awareness of the contribution that other health care professionals and organisations have on the wellbeing of women and their families

Values and attitudes

1. have an awareness of how to manage self and his/ her own practice and recognise and acknowledge the limitations in his/ her own abilities
2. demonstrate ways of communicating with women and their families respectfully while maintaining confidentiality and applying an empathetic approach to care
3. recognise the effect of their own values on interaction with women and their families and begin to consider the particular needs and values of individuals and groups within their trust area
4. begin to develop an awareness of mothers perceptions of their care and how these are expressed

Knowledge and understanding

1. demonstrate an ability to retrieve information to support learning in practice
2. be developing an ability to reflect on practice using evidence to support the care provided

Key skills

1. use appropriate documentation to facilitate and record holistic midwifery care and begin to evaluate the effectiveness of care given and write legible, clear and coherent records
2. use a learning agreement to negotiate meeting module and personal objectives

Module Content
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Selected Texts/Journals
Essential reading:
Fraser DM. & Cooper M. (Eds) (2009) Myles Textbook for Midwives Churchill Livingstone, London
Henderson C. & Macdonald S. (Eds) (2004) Mayes Midwifery: A Textbook for Midwives Bailliere Tindall, London.

Required reading:
Bick D., MacArthur C. & Winter H. (2009) Postnatal care: Evidence and guidelines for management (2nd Edn) Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh

Johnson P.C., Flood K. & Spink K. (2003) The newborn child. (9th Edn.) Churchill Livingston, London.

Johnson R. & Taylor W. (2006) Skills for Midwifery Practice (2nd Edn.) Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh.

Medforth J., Battersby S., Evans M., Marsh B., Walker A. (2009) Oxford Handbook of Midwifery Oxford University Press, Oxford

Background reading:
Department of Health (2004) National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services DH, London.

Last Updated
28TH JULY 2010