Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedGippsland First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Jan Jones (Gippsland)


This practice unit complements the theory unit Childbearing obstacles and will focus on students developing their knowledge and skills relating to the obstacles women may experience during pregnancy, labour and birth and the first weeks after birth. Emphasis is given to the recognition of problems and the collaborative and referral role of the midwife. 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. apply appropriate knowledge in the care of a woman experiencing obstacles in childbearing;

  1. develop plans of care for women experiencing obstacles in childbearing;

  1. demonstrate understanding of specific conditions that affect pregnancy, labour and birth, and the first few weeks after birth;

  1. evaluate the implications of obstetric interventions in maternity care;

  1. critique the use of technology in maternity care;

  1. demonstrate beginning skills in the use of technology in midwifery and obstetric practice;

  1. demonstrate the ability to manage emergencies;

  1. demonstrate the ability to practice within a multidisciplinary team;

  1. facilitate woman's access to appropriate community resources;

  1. 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 the rationale for these, as well as the families' actions and attitudes and responses to midwifery care; and

  1. demonstrate midwifery competency based on the selected ACMI Competency Standards


Critical reflection on own practice: 30%
Annotated bibliography: 30%
Written assignment: 40%
OSCE: Pass/Fail; must be passed in order to pass the unit

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Lectures - 2 hours per week (24 hours)
Tutorials/Clinical Laboratories - 2 hours per week (24 hours)
Clinical placement - 160 hours