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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MID2006 Module Title: ENCOUNTERING MIDWIFERY
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: MID2006
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: CALLWOOD A Ms (HSC)
Number of credits: 30 Number of ECTS credits: 15
Module Availability

Semester 2

Assessment Pattern
Assessment Guidelines for Encountering Midwifery

Hypothetical Case Study: word count 2500 (100%)

You are required to write a report on the following hypothetical case.

Poppy is a 29 year old primigravida presenting for her 34 week antenatal appointment. She has enjoyed an uncomplicated pregnancy to date and has no significant medical history. Her 20 week scan confirmed a singleton pregnancy with a placenta clear of the cervical os. She is rhesus negative.

On enquiry as to her general well being she complains of heartburn and backache as well as feeling tired.

Discuss the care and advice that you provided for Poppy at her visit. Include an account of your assessment of her and the baby’s well being whilst evaluating and addressing her individual needs.

Assessment Guidelines for Encountering Midwifery

• You are required to discuss the care you provided in an evidence-based context, referring to and referencing both research evidence and other evidence from the literature, to provide a rational for your care
• You should explicitly demonstrate your knowledge of underpinning physiology and how this informs the care provided
• Discussion of the care you gave is not an account where you merely describe events but where you present arguments as to what would be best/evidence-based practise
• Emphasis should be placed on Poppy’s specific needs which requires you to demonstrate your knowledge of issues pertinent to her
Module Overview
Module Aims
This module introduces the student midwife to the theoretical concepts of midwifery as a profession. This will be achieved through an exploration of defining attitudes and values, the scientific underpinning of midwifery practice and the diversity of the role of the midwife and his/her relationship to other health professionals and family members.

The aim of the module is to provide a foundation for midwifery students in normal midwifery practice in preparation for their first practice experiences in community and hospital settings.

This module will introduce the student midwife to the knowledge and skills required to effectively care for low risk women during the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal periods and to care for the fetus, the neonate and the wider family. In addition the student will gain knowledge of relevant anatomy and physiology.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module the student should be able to:

Professional practice skills
1 demonstrate the ability to carry out a range of midwifery skills in a simulated environment including antenatal and postnatal examinations, vaginal examination, venepuncture and neonatal resuscitation

Values and attitudes
1 identify the values and attitudes that shape the midwifery profession and provision of midwifery care
2 recognise the importance of understanding professional regulation, statutory frameworks and legislation supporting midwifery
3 begin to recognise and value the contributions made by members of the multiprofessional team and others in supporting and educating women during childbearing
4 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
5 recognise the importance of valuing others and the complexity of feelings in various helping situations with clients from diverse circumstances

Knowledge and understanding
1 evaluate the role of the midwife in relation to providing holistic, individualised care to women and their families during childbearing and infant feeding
2 demonstrate a basic knowledge of professional regulation, self-regulation and legal obligations of the midwife
3 begin to understand the needs of women to be in control of their pregnancies and plan to work in partnership with women and their families supporting them to making choices and decisions
4 demonstrate an awareness of the contributions that other health care professionals and organisations can have on the wellbeing of women and their families
5 demonstrate an understanding of the anatomy and physiology underpinning care throughout the childbearing continuum
6 recognise the importance of providing evidence based midwifery care and be able to relate this to their own practice

Cognitive skills
1 use reflection and self-awareness in order to learn from individual performance so continuously improving the care provided to mothers, babies and their families
2 discuss the rationale for providing evidence based midwifery care
3 begin to develop holistic midwifery assessment skills

Key transferable skills
1 to select appropriate supporting evidence to develop a contemporary knowledge base
2 recognise the importance of effective communication with women and their families from a diverse range of social, religious and cultural backgrounds during childbearing
Module Content
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Selected Texts/Journals

Fraser D. & Cooper M. (eds) (2009) Myles textbook for midwives (15th edn.) Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh


Henderson C. & Macdonald S. (2004) Mayes’ midwifery: A textbook for midwives (4th Edn.) Baillière Tindall, London

Coad J. & Dunstall MJ (2005) Anatomy and physiology for midwives (2nd ed) Mosby Woolfe, London


Stables D. (2009) Physiology in childbearing with anatomy and related biosciences (2nd ed.) Baillière Tindall, Edinburgh

Johnson R. & Taylor W. (2010) Skills for midwifery practice (3rd ed.) Elsevier, Edinburgh

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2008) NMC: The Code: Standards of conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives NMC, London

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2004) Midwives rules and standards NMC, London

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2005) Guidelines for records and record keeping NMC, London

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2009) Guidance on Professional conduct for nursing and midwifery students, NMC, London.


Byrom S, Edwards G & Bick D (eds) (2010) Essential Midwifery Postnatal Care, Wiley & Blackwell, Chichester

Gibb D. & Arulkumaran S. (2008) Fetal Monitoring in Practice 3rd (ed) Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh

Johnston P.G.B., Flood K., Spinks K (2003) The newborn child (9th edn.) Elsevier Science Ltd, Edinburgh

Liu D. (2007) Labour ward manual (4th ed) Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh

Walsh D., Downe S. (2010) Intrapartum Care (Essential Midwifery Practice) (2nd Edition) Wiley & Blackwell, Chichester


Cluett E, Bluff R (2006) Principles and practice of research in midwifery 2nd edition Churchill Livingstone, London

Dimond B (2006) Legal aspects of midwifery 3rd edition Books for Midwives, London

Downe S (2008) Normal childbirth: evidence and debate ChurchillLivingstone, Elsevier

Page L.A. & McCandlish R. (2006) The new midwifery: Science and sensitivity in practice (2nd ed) Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (2008) Standards for maternity care RCOG Press, London

Sullivan A., Kean L., Cryer A. (2006) Midwife’s guide to antenatal investigations Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh

Taylor B (2005) Reflective practice: a guide for nurses and midwives Open University Press, Buckingham

Wickham S. (2008) Midwifery: Best practice Vol. 5 Books for Midwives Press, Edinburgh


British Journal of Midwifery
The Practising Midwife
MIDIRS Midwifery Digest
RCM Midwives Journal


Last Updated
27TH JULY 2010