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NS5131 - Foundations of Midwifery Practice

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject incorporates the principles of primary health care, woman centred and value based care; to focus on developing knowledge and midwifery skills required to assist women and their families in reproductive health, conception and pregnancy. Content includes physiology of reproduction and conception, pre-conceptual health, physiology of conception, physiological adaptations to pregnancy, antenatal screening, antenatal care for well women and antenatal education. The use of medicines within the scope of midwifery practice in Australia is introduced. Students are briefly introduced to birth and postnatal care as a scaffold to NS5133 (Healthy Labour and Birth) and NS5135 (Complex Midwifery Care). Students are introduced to the NMBA Midwifery Standards for Practice to underpin the development of their own midwifery philosophy and to reinforce a woman centred approach to midwifery led care.

Learning Outcomes

  • critically analyse the midwifery care required in pre-conceptual health, antenatal care, antenatal screening, antenatal education and birth preparation for women and families;
  • demonstrate provision of midwifery care from preconception throughout the pregnancy continuum to women and their families, consistent with the philosophy, ethics and the NMBA Midwifery Standards for Practice (2018);
  • apply knowledge of the physiology of reproduction, conception and physiological adaptations throughout the pregnancy continuum to midwifery care;
  • apply NMBA (2018) Midwifery Standards for Practice to develop a midwifery philosophy for caring for all childbearing women and their families;
  • outline the physiological process of normal birth and the puerperium for the well woman, well infant and family.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > End of semester exam - (50%)
  • Invigilated > Tutorial attendance and participation - (%)
  • Submission of professional experiences (formative and summative): evidence of attendance at 25 antenatal visits; evidence of attendance at 25 postnatal visits; 5 continuity of care experiences recruited; 1 student evaluation. [Sat/Unsat] - (%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (50%)
  • Complete fetal physiology module of the K2MS Perinatal Training Program [Sat/Unsat] - (%)
  • Four online quizzes as hurdles. Students must complete and gain a minimum mark of 70% on each quiz in order to pass the subject - (%).

Special Assessment Requirements

Attendance at 5-day residential school held at JCU Townsville Campus as per 2020 timetable inclusive and satisfactory completion of practical components


Townsville, Study Period 1, Mixed attendance
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Face to face teaching 24-Feb-2020 to 28-Feb-2020
Coordinator: Mrs Helen Coxhead, Miss Natalie Cusens
Lecturers: Mrs Helen Coxhead, Dr Marie McAuliffe, Miss Natalie Cusens.
Workload expectations:
  • 40 hours workshops/Seminars - 5-day residential block Townsville campus 24-28 February 2020
  • 13 weeks professional Experience

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.