Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedGippsland First semester 2012 (Flexible)
Peninsula Second semester 2012 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Mary Anne Biro(Peninsula), Ms Carolyn Bailey (Gippsland)


This unit will provide the foundation knowledge required by midwifery students to effectively care for women during preconception through to early parenting. The focus will be on the role of the midwife as a primary carer in relation to: the preparation of women for pregnancy; physiological and psychological adaptation of women during pregnancy and birth, and the first weeks after birth; and care of women and their babies during this continuum.


On completion of this unit the student will be able to: -
1. Describe in detail the anatomy & physiology of the human reproductive system, including; pre-conception, pregnancy, fetal development, birth, lactation and the baby; 2. Appreciate the boundaries of care in midwifery; 3. Appreciate the concepts of with woman, in partnership, holistic and continuity of care; 4. Employ reflective practice and implement evidence based holistic care for women, babies and their families across the childbearing process; 5. Discuss the legal issues which impact upon midwifery practice; 6. Articulate a philosophy of midwifery; 7. Demonstrate midwifery competency based upon the ACMI Competency Standards; 8. Demonstrate midwifery competency based upon the ANMC National Competency Standards for Midwives.


Written assignment: 30%
Online quiz :20%
Examination (2 hours): 50%.
Students must achieve a pass in the examination to pass the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Helen Hall

Contact hours

12 hours: one (1) hour tutorial
four (4) hours off campus workload
seven (7) hours self directed study time


MID1001 (All courses except 3953)