Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery


Dr Helen Hall



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


Students learning will focus on well women's experiences of recognising pregnancy, their response to becoming pregnant, the changes encountered from early pregnancy through to the early weeks after birth, the midwife's roles relating to health assessment, health promotion, primary level health counselling, and working with well women during childbearing.


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

  1. Apply theoretical knowledge of midwifery to a woman-centred approach to midwifery practice
  2. Describe working with women in childbearing using the theoretical understandings gained in science units
  3. Demonstrate developing clinical and communication skills necessary to provide women-centred midwifery
  4. Recognise the importance of women's social context in the provision of midwifery services
  5. Demonstrate beginning skills in physical assessment of women and their babies at various stages of pregnancy
  6. Assist women to understand breastfeeding including offering support to establish successful breastfeeding
  7. Outline the relative merits of different choices in infant nutrition
  8. Document the ongoing relationship with the women they are following through in a way that reflects their own involvement and actions and the rationale for these
  9. Demonstrate midwifery competency based upon the ANMC National Competency Standards for the Midwife.


Clinical placement: 40 hours.


Practice enquiry (written assignment) (2,500 - 3,000 words) (40%)
Examination (2 hours) (60%) (Hurdle)
Clinical skills assessment (Pass / Fail)

Workload requirements

12 hours per week over 11 weeks plus clinical placement.

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Chief examiner(s)


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



BMA1901 and NUR1101 or NUR1010.


Must be enrolled in course 4514.