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
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedGippsland First semester 2013 (Flexible)
Peninsula First semester 2013 (Flexible)
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. Outline the role of the midwife in assessment of fetal and maternal well-being in pregnancy, labour, birth and the puerperium;
  2. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the female and male reproductive systems;
  3. List key events in the continuum of embryonic and fetal development including the adaptation of the baby at birth;
  4. Describe the anatomical, physiological and hormonal changes and processes that occur in the woman's body during pregnancy, labour, birth and the puerperium;
  5. Describe the process of labour and birth;
  6. Briefly describe the anatomy of the breast and physiology of lactation;
  7. Describe the routine screening and basic diagnostic tests in pregnancy assessment;
  8. Outline the role of the midwife in caring for women experiencing the minor disorders of pregnancy; and
  9. Demonstrate developing skills in the appraisal and use of evidence to inform clinical practice.


Written assignment: 30%
Mid-semester test:20%
Examination (2 hours): 50%.
Students must achieve a pass in the examination to pass the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

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


Must be enrolled in course code 3562 or 3563 or 3953 or 4514