Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - 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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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Mary Anne Biroand Ms Maureen Miles (Gippsland)


An introduction to normal pregnancy and childbirth and the role of the midwife in providing care for women. This unit will provide the foundational knowledge to enable midwifery students to provide safe and effective midwifery care to healthy mothers and babies across the childbearing continuum, incorporating anatomy and physiology and the evidence basis for maternity care. The focus will be on the role of the midwife as a primary carer and working in partnership with women.


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 including legal, ethical and professional standards and competencies;
  3. appreciate the concepts of with woman, in partnership, and continuity of care;
  4. employ reflective practice and implement evidence based care for women, babies and their families across the childbearing continuum;
  5. articulate a beginning philosophy of midwifery;
  6. demonstrate developing skills necessary to provide women-centred midwifery care;
  7. demonstrate beginning skills in physical assessment of women and their babies across the childbearing continuum;
  8. demonstrate midwifery competency based upon the ANMC National Competency Standards for the Midwife (2006).


Written assignment (2,500 words) (30%)
Reflective exercises (2 x 400 words each) (10%)
Guided study activities (online participation) (10%)
Examination (compulsory pass required) (50%)
Assessment of midwifery practice skills (Pass / Fail)

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Attendance at study blocks held on-campus at Gippsland and Clayton.

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