Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Janet Jones


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.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. apply appropriate knowledge in the care of a woman experiencing obstacles in childbearing;
  2. develop plans of care for women experiencing obstacles in childbearing;
  3. demonstrate understanding of specific conditions that affect pregnancy, labour and birth, and the first few weeks after birth;
  4. evaluate the implications of obstetric interventions in maternity care;
  5. critique the use of technology in maternity care;
  6. demonstrate beginning skills in the use of technology in midwifery and obstetric practice;
  7. demonstrate the ability to manage emergencies;
  8. demonstrate the ability to practice within a multidisciplinary team;
  9. facilitate woman's access to appropriate community resources;
  10. 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
  11. demonstrate midwifery competency based on the selected ACMI Competency Standards.


Clinical placement: 160 hours.


Reflective exercise (1,500 - 2,000 words) (40%)
Creative project and presentation (30%)
Emergency skill assessment - OSCEs x 2 (Note: this is a hurdle requirement)
Associated class test (30%)
OSCE (Pass / Fail) (Must be passed in order to pass the unit)

Workload requirements

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

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Two units in MID2004, MID2006 or MID2105.