Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery


Ms Bethany Carr



  • First semester 2016 (Flexible)


The focus of this 12 credit point unit is to develop midwifery knowledge and skills related to working with women throughout labour and birth. This unit will enable the student to develop skills and confidence clinical assessment of the woman and her baby. Assessment of labour progress, common interventions and pain management are explored. Students will also analyse the mechanisms of labour, and be introduced to the management of childbirth complications. They will be provided with both 'simulated' and 'real' opportunities to develop skills and knowledge that will enable them to provide effective care to birthing women. The clinical practice component will provide students with opportunities to incorporate theoretical learning directly into midwifery practice.


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

  1. Demonstrate knowledge regarding comprehensive assessment and care of a woman and her baby during the birth process;
  2. Critically analyse the philosophical, physiological, psychosocial, spiritual, cultural and environmental factors influencing the birth process;
  3. Discuss the midwife's scope of practice and collaboration with other members of the healthcare team, when working with women during childbirth;
  4. Describe variations from normal that may arise during pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period and the midwife's role in managing these
  5. Critique the implications of obstetric interventions, and use of technology upon the woman and her family;
  6. Demonstrate understanding and interpretation of women's rights, values and cultural beliefs in creating an appropriate and culturally safe environment for women and their partners to birth; and
  7. Demonstrate beginning level competency based upon the ANMC National Competency Standards for the Midwife.


Students are required to participate in 160 hours clinical placement. They are also required to continue with their Continuity of Care relationships with women (~20 hours per woman) x 4.


Written assignment (3,000 words) (50%)
Exam (3 hours) (50%)
Continuity of care clinical (20 hours x 4) (Pass / Fail)
Continuity of care case report (500 words x 4) (Pass / Fail)
Clinical placement (160 hours) with clinical practice assessment (Pass / Fail)

Workload requirements

Lectures: 2 hour x 8 weeks = 16 hours
Tutorials: 2 hours x 8 weeks = 16 hours
Self directed study: 40 hours
Clinical: 160 hours
Continuity of Care clinical hours: 80 hours
Total: 312 hours.

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Chief examiner(s)

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




MID2004, MID2105.