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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: MID3007 Module Title: WIDER ISSUES IN MIDWIFERY
Module Provider: Health & Social Care Short Name: MID3007
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: BROWN A Dr (HSC)
Number of credits: 30 Number of ECTS credits: 15
Module Availability
Semester 1
Assessment Pattern
Final Year Project (5000 words)

This project will consist of a literature review and a research proposal.

Students will create a research design based on an area of practice that is of particular interest to them.

They will undertake a literature review of the area critiquing relevant studies and summarising this in an appendix. The student will then outline a research proposal that will investigate the area of practice linking this to the literature review. Students undertaking these projects will create a research design including a full specification of all the necessary materials required for carrying out the research (e.g. questionnaires, interview schedules, patient information sheets, consent forms etc. which are submitted as appendices to the project and not included in the word count)

Module Overview
Module Aims
This module ensures the examination of wider issues in midwifery and will prepare the student to provide clinical leadership in healthcare service delivery. The module addresses a variety of psychological, sociological and sexual health issues and the underpinning ethical principles. Emphasis will be placed on the application of research and critical reflection to issues of service delivery in the achievement of clinical effectiveness. This enables the students to debate controversial issues related to childbearing e.g. genetic modification of stem cells, screening methods and fertility technologies. Students will be supported in designing a research project.

The module focuses on the issues related to care of women and their families from a user perspective within the wider context of the public health. The opportunity is provided to explore several dimensions of practice development to include self management skills, managing others, the need for conducive environments for care, all underpinned by leadership and change management theory and midwifery supervision
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the module the student should be able to:

Professional practice skills
1. demonstrate in a simulated setting the ability to safely insert a venous cannula.
2. begin to undertake suturing in a simulated environment
3. apply the NMC Midwives’ Rules and Codes of Practice to discussions of care delivery

Values and attitudes
1. understand how sexuality may affect women experiences in childbearing
2. recognise guidance from Nursing and Midwifery bodies in relation to professional conduct e.g. working as a team member, being a culturally sensitive group member
3. demonstrate understanding of how anti-discriminatory principles and equal opportunity polices can influence management and leadership in the provision of maternity services
4. demonstrate an understanding of moral and ethical dilemmas involved in providing care

Knowledge and understanding
1. demonstrate an understanding of how Acts of Parliament (Human Rights Act, Children Act, Mental Health Act etc) impact on women and their families and can influence working practices
2. analyse the relationship between psychosocial factors and patho-physiological factors both during the childbearing experience and as they relate to men’s and women’s health e.g. sexual health, drug misuse, family planning and the menopause
3. demonstrate a critical understanding of psychological and psychiatric problems related to pregnancy and the role of the midwife in relation to these
4. analyse national and local influences on childbearing and debate contemporary and controversial issues in practice e.g. stem cell collection.
5. critically and systematically analyse evidence from primary sources and relate these to midwifery practice
6. demonstrate the ability to use research evidence and knowledge of practice to design a research project and to identify research needed to enable practice development
7. critically examine the concepts of monitoring, audit, evaluation and clinical governance and how these relate to client safety, risk and change management and client choice
8. demonstrate an understanding of managed care pathways and other means of improving communication between midwives, social workers, psychiatric teams etc
9. evaluate the role of supervision in enabling professional development and maintaining standards of care
10. demonstrate an understanding of child protection policies and procedures within their own trust and relate these to their legal and ethical underpinning

Cognitive skills
1. demonstrate an appreciation of the effects of social, political, cultural and economic issues on women’s health nationally and internationally

Key skills
1. critically evaluate trust policies in light of appropriate and relevant evidence and research
2. reflect on the care and advice given to women and babies in difficult and sensitive situations and on care given in light of current research
3. demonstrate theoretical knowledge of change management theory and how this may be applied in practice
Module Content
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Selected Texts/Journals
Andrews G. (2005) Women’s sexual health (3rd edn.) Balliere Tindall, London

Cecil R. (1996) The anthropology of pregnancy loss: comparative studies in miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death Berg, Oxford

CESDI (1998) Confidential enquiry into stillbirths and deaths in infants, 5th /8th Annual Report maternal and child health Consortium: London

Clement S. (1998) Psychological perspectives on pregnancy and childbirth Churchill Livingstone, London

Frith L (editor) (2004) Ethics and midwifery: issues in contemporary practice (2nd edn.) Butterworth Heinemann: London

Hicks C. (1996) Undertaking midwifery research: A basic guide to design and analysis Churchill Livingstone. Edinburgh

Jenkins R (2004) The law and the midwife (2nd edn.) Blackwell Science: Oxford

Nicolson P. (1998) Post-natal depression, psychology, science and the transition to motherhood Routledge, London

Niven C. A., and Walker A. (1998) Current issues in infancy and parenthood Butterworth Heinemann, Oxford

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (1997) Fetal awareness : a report RCOG, London

Sparshott M. (1997) Pain, distress and the newborn baby. Blackwell Science, Oxford

Symonds A. and Hunt S.C. (1996) The Midwife and Society Macmillan, Basingstoke

Ungerson C. and Kember M. (1997) Women and Social Policy (2nd edn.) Macmillan, Basingstoke

Journal titles:
British Journal of Midwifery
British Medical Journal
Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Journal of Childbirth Education
Journal of Obstetric, Gynaecological and Neonatal Nursing
MIDIRS, Midwifery Digest


Midwives online

National Childbirth Trust

NHS Evidence


Nursing and Midwifery Council

Nursing Times

Royal College of Midwives

Further websites are available from the Nursing, Midwifery and ODP subject guide:

Last Updated
29TH JULY 2010