Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery


Ms Gayle McLelland



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This theory and practice unit introduces students to the complexities of childbearing and emergency birthing challenges that women may experience during pregnancy, labour and birth and the first weeks after birth. The focus is on students developing their knowledge and skills relating to midwifery and obstetric management of these challenges. Emphasis is given to the collaborative role of the midwife, referral, use of medical technology, obstetric intervention, and the implications for women, their babies, and midwives. 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. Examine the role of the midwife and collaborative practice in the context of challenges and deviations from normal and interventions during the childbearing period;
  2. Discuss the pathophysiology, diagnosis and, evidence for the management of common obstetric and medical conditions that affect maternity care;
  3. Develop and implement plans for collaborative care for women experiencing complex challenges in childbearing within a multidisciplinary health care team and the woman;
  4. Discuss and critique screening tests, technologies and interventions during pregnancy, labour and birth;
  5. Identify and propose patient management appropriate to a range of emergency situations in pregnancy, birth and the post-partum period;
  6. Identify and manage selected obstetric emergencies in a simulated setting;
  7. Discuss the effects of complex physical health problems during pregnancy, labour, birth and after childbirth;
  8. Discuss grief situations and develop strategies to support women and their families following pregnancy loss;
  9. Document the ongoing relationship with the women and families that the midwifery student observed in a way that reflects their own involvement and actions.


Clinical placement: 160 hours.


Essay (2,000 words) (30%)
Multimedia presentation and peer assessment with 1,000 words brochure (20%)
Exam (2 hours) (50%) (Hurdle)
2 x Continuity of care reports (500 words each) (Pass / Fail) (Hurdle)
Emergency clinical skills competency assessment (Hurdle)
Clinical placement with clinical assessment 80 hours (Pass / Fail) (Hurdle)

Workload requirements

Lectures - 2 hours per week (24 hours)
Tutorials/Clinical Laboratories - 2 hours per week (24 hours)
Online Guided Learning Activities - 2 hours per week (24hours)
Clinical placement - 2 days per week (16 hours) for 10 weeks (160 hours)
Student directed study - 80 hours.

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Chief examiner(s)

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



Course 3562: MID2102; Courses 3953 or 4514: MID1002, and either MID2105 or MID2010


Must be enrolled in courses 3562 or 3953 or 4514.