MID5001 - Woman midwife partnerships and normal childbearing - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery



Not offered in 2017


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.

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

Nursing and midwifery