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)
Coordinator(s)Ms Jan Jones (Gippsland)


This unit introduces students to childbearing and emergency birthing obstacles that women may experience. Midwifery and obstetric management of childbearing obstacles will be explored. 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.


On completion of this unit the student will have had the opportunity to:

  1. explore collaborative practice within challenges, disturbances and interventions during childbearing
  2. examine screening tests and innovative technologies available to women during pregnancy
  3. examine the pathophysiology, diagnosis, evidence for care and expected outcomes associated with selected challenges in pregnancy
  4. explore the causes, identification, effects and management of disturbances in the rhythms of labour and birth
  5. identify interventions in pregnancy, labour and birth and their management from the perspective of the midwife and health care team
  6. identify factors that indicate potential for maternal and/or unborn baby life threatening emergencies
  7. describe the management of a range of emergency situations in pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period
  8. describe the range of physical health problems women may experience following childbirth
  9. discuss grief situations related to women, men and the midwife following pregnancy loss
  10. demonstrate beginning level midwifery competency based upon the ANMC National Competency Standards for the Midwife.


Written assignment (1500 words): 30%
Guided study activities (2 x 500 words): 20%
Examination (2 hours): 50%

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