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Coffs Harbour
Gold Coast

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

24

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Develops knowledge about how to care for women and babies with complex conditions during childbearing including women who have experienced pelvic floor trauma. Students learn about congenital disorders during pregnancy and after birth. They also have professional experiences where they learn how to care for the ill neonate and how to support optimal holistic health for the baby, the woman and her family.

Unit content

  • Complications associated with multiple pregnancy, birth and postpartum
  • Complications associated with breech pregnancy and birth
  • Complex maternal conditions during childbearing
  • Introduction to genetic and congenital conditions of the newborn
  • Introduction to serious infections in the newborn
  • Caring for the ill neonate
  • Psychophysiology effects on baby and families
  • Pelvic floor and soft tissues trauma and healing

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 critically apply evidenced-informed midwifery care to a woman experiencing complexity within her childbearing episode including care for the fetus/neonate
2 apply clinical reasoning and decision-making skills to obstetric emergencies
3 design an evidence-based midwifery resource with a focus on complex conditions for the woman or baby
4 demonstrate and apply safe and competent midwifery practice to a woman experiencing complexity within her childbearing episode including care for the fetus/neonate
5 demonstrate competency in numeracy including complex medication calculations.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. critically apply evidenced-informed midwifery care to a woman experiencing complexity within her childbearing episode including care for the fetus/neonate
  2. apply clinical reasoning and decision-making skills to obstetric emergencies
  3. design an evidence-based midwifery resource with a focus on complex conditions for the woman or baby
  4. demonstrate and apply safe and competent midwifery practice to a woman experiencing complexity within her childbearing episode including care for the fetus/neonate
  5. demonstrate competency in numeracy including complex medication calculations.

Prescribed texts

  • Bayes, S & de-Vitry Smith, S-A, 2019, Skills for Midwifery Practice, Australian and New Zealand edition, 1st edn, Elsevier, Australia. ISBN: 978-0-7295-4277-7.
  • Pairman, S, Tracy, S, Dahlen, H & Dixon, L,, 2018, Midwifery: Preparation for Practice , 4th edn, Elsevier, Australia.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.