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NS3004 - Working with Women to provide Family Centred Neonatal Care

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition (pre 2015)

This subject deals with supporting the woman as she embarks upon her journey into motherhood. For every woman the experience of becoming a mother is unique and individual to her circumstances. In most situations midwifery care for neonates involves information provision and support to the mother and family. However, there are times when individual neonates display behaviours and signs that are unexpected. Embryological development and neonatal adaptation to the extra-uterine environment have been discussed in previous subjects. The focus of this subject is neonatal assessment and care. This knowledge will be applied using a family centred focus. The subject builds upon normal physiological adaptation of the neonate extending to six weeks after birth. The content will examine selected congenital anomalies, pathophysiological and traumatic events which may affect the neonate. As midwives provide the initial care to neonates they are generally the first to identify a problem and provide the immediate care to ill or premature neonates. Access to collaborative support is contingent upon the environment, and depending on the location there may be a delay in arrival of collaborative teams. For this reason midwives must have the ability to recognise ill or at-risk babies and be able to provide emergency care.

Learning Outcomes

  • 1. Apply knowledge and concepts related to the physiological, environmental and social development of neonates when providing family centred care; 2. Demonstrate the knowledge and midwifery care of foetal assessment and screening in the third trimester as an early means of detection for neonates at risk;
  • 3.Perform the components of physical neonatal assessment, differentiating normal from variations; 4. Identify the related anatomical, physiological and pathophysiological processes experienced by the unwell or ill neonate;
  • 5.Critically analyse the outcomes of family centred care provided; 6. Demonstrate safe midwifery practice that informs, educates and supports the woman and her family to confidently care for their neonate;
  • 9. Apply care which considers the family's cultural needs; 10. Demonstrate the ability to prepare the ill neonate for transport to a referral hospital in a manner which is safe, effective and sensitive to the woman and family's needs;
  • 7. Comply with ANMC (2006) Midwifery Competency Standards and he ANMC (2006) Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse to meet state, federal and ethical regulations when providing care for the neonate and the family; 8. Demonstrate the ability to educate and provide support when assisting the woman to establish and maintain breast feeding.
Prerequisites: NS3003 AND NS3362 AND NS3118 AND NS3119
Corequisites: NS3226 AND HS3101


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Workload expectations:
  • 20 hours lectures
  • 10 hours tutorials
  • 10 hours practicals
Assessment: (70%); (30%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.