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NS5133 - Healthy Labour, Birth and the Puerperium

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject is underpinned by the primary health care principles of woman centred and value base care. The focus is to provide safe and appropriate care to labouring and birthing women. Content includes, supporting physiological knowledge and midwifery skills related to women and their families in normal labour, birth and the puerperium. The role of the midwife in establishing and supporting breastfeeding will be developed. Students will explore the physiological adaptation of the well neonate to extra uterine life. Examination of the well newborn will be introduced.

Learning Outcomes

  • apply and demonstrate the physiology and midwifery care of normal labour, birth and the puerperium to well women and neonates;
  • describe the physiology of lactation;
  • discuss the physiological adaptations the fetus experiences in labour;
  • describe the physiological adaptation to extra uterine life for a healthy, term neonate;
  • recruit five (5) and complete five (5) 'Continuity of Care' experiences for women by the end of the second semester;
  • further explore the concept of value based care for midwifery practice in accordance with NMBA Midwifery Standards for Practice (2018) when caring for well women and their families;
  • discuss the role of the midwife in supporting breastfeeding women including the World Health Organization's (WHO) 10 steps to successful breastfeeding and the 7 point plan for supporting breastfeeding in the community.
Prerequisites: NS5131 AND NS5132


External, Study Period 2
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Mrs Helen Coxhead
Lecturers: Mrs Helen Coxhead, Dr Marie McAuliffe.
Workload expectations:
  • 130 hours - (Indicative) self directed online learning and assessment
  • 13 weeks professional Experience
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); submission of professional experiences: evidence of attendance at 25 antenatal visits; attendance at 25 postnatal visits; 15 being with women in labour and birth as the primary accoucher; 20 complex midwifery care experiences; 5 continuity of care experiences completed; 5 more continuity of care experiences recruited; 5 clinical competencies; 2 student evaluation forms from clinical placement. [sat/unsat] (%); assignments (50%); four online quizzes as hurdles. students must compete and gain a minimum mark of 70% on each quiz in order to pass the subject (%); complete cord blood gas module of the k2 fetal monitoring training program [sat/unsat] (%).

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