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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Carole Gilmour


This theory and practice unit introduces students to the complexities of childbearing and emergency birthing challenges that women may experience during pregnancy, labour and birth and the first weeks after birth. The focus is on students developing their knowledge and skills relating to midwifery and obstetric management of these challenges. Emphasis is given to the collaborative role of the midwife, referral, use of medical technology, obstetric intervention, and the implications for women, their babies, and midwives. Whilst recognising the role of other healthcare practitioners, midwifery care will be central. Students will be introduced to the use of medical technology and obstetrical intervention whilst maintaining a woman-centred focus.


On completion of this unit the student should be able to:

  1. discuss the role of the midwife and collaborative practice related to challenges, deviations from normal and interventions during the childbearing period;
  2. discuss the pathophysiology, diagnosis, evidence for care and expected outcomes associated with selected specific conditions that affect pregnancy, labour and birth, and the first few weeks after birth;
  3. discuss and demonstrate an understanding of pharmacologogical management in the care of the complex woman
  4. apply appropriate knowledge to develop and implement plans of care for women experiencing complex challenges in childbearing;
  5. discuss and critique the use of screening tests and technologies available for women during pregnancy;
  6. discuss and critique interventions in pregnancy, labour and birth and their management from the perspective of the midwife, the health care team and the woman;
  7. discuss the identification and management of a range of emergency situations in pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period;
  8. demonstrate the ability to identify and manage selected emergencies in a simulated setting;
  9. demonstrate the ability to work effectively within a multidisciplinary team;
  10. discuss the range of physical health problems women may experience following childbirth;
  11. discuss grief situations related to women, families and the midwife following pregnancy loss;
  12. document the ongoing relationship with the women and families that the midwifery student follows through in a way that reflects their own involvement and actions; and
  13. demonstrate beginning level midwifery competency based upon the ANMC National Competency Standards for the Midwife.


Cumulative Assessments include:

Formative assessment:
Guided study activities
Reflective journaling exercises

Summative assessment:
Group presentation (20 mins): 10%
Online quizzes: 10%
Written assignment (2,500-3,000 words): 30%
Examination (3 hours): 50%
Clinical skills assessments (hurdles): (Pass/Fail)

Students are required to demonstrate a pass in the exam and the clinical hurdles to pass this unit. Those failing the clinical hurdles will be given every opportunity to meet the required standards.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Carole Gilmour

Contact hours

Lectures - 2 hours per week (24 hours)
Tutorials/Clinical Laboratories - 2 hours per week (24 hours)
Online Guided Learning Activities - 2 hours per week (24hours)
Clinical placement - 2 days per week (16 hours) for 10 weeks (160 hours)
Student directed study - 80 hours

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



Bachelor of Midwifery: MID2102, Bachelor of Nursing Practice and Bachelor of Midwifery: MID1002, MID2105