Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2012 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Carolyn Bailey (Gippsland), Dr Carole Gilmour (Peninsula)


Students learning will focus on well women's experiences of recognising pregnancy, their response to becoming pregnant, the changes encountered from early pregnancy through to the early weeks after birth, the midwife's roles relating to health assessment, health promotion, primary level health counselling, and working with well women during childbearing.


On completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Apply theoretical knowledge of midwifery to a woman-centred approach to midwifery practice
  2. Describe working with women in childbearing using the theoretical understandings gained in science units.
  3. Demonstrate developing clinical and communication skills necessary to provide women-centred midwifery
  4. Recognise the importance of women's social context in the provision of midwifery services
  5. Demonstrate beginning skills in physical assessment of women and their babies at various stages of pregnancy
  6. Assist women to understand breastfeeding including offering support to establish successful breastfeeding.
  7. Outline the relative merits of different choices in infant nutrition
  8. Document the ongoing relationship with the women they are following through in a way that reflects their own involvement and actions and the rationale for these
  9. Demonstrate midwifery competency based upon the ANMC National Competency Standards for the Midwife.


Online exercises: 20%
Practice enquiry (written assignment, 2000 - 2500 words): 30%
Examination (2 hours): 50%
Clinical skills assessment (PASS/ FAIL)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Carole Gilmour

Contact hours

12 hours per week over 11 weeks


BMA1901 and NUR1101