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NS5135 - Complex Midwifery Care

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

This subject will incorporate the principles of primary health care, woman centred and value based care (Page, 2000), to explore the pathophysiology processes women experience when they have a complex need in the pregnancy continuum. A complex need will be defined as a condition that will impact on the pregnancy if not treated, causing significant morbidity and mortality. The NMBA Midwifery Standards for Practice (2018) will be applied to the midwifery skills midwives require to support childbearing women and their families requiring complex care across the pregnancy and the birth continuum will be critically analysed to ensure safe appropriate care is provided for all women experiencing a complex need in the pregnancy continuum and families. The focus will be midwifery care that is safe and appropriate, supporting collaborative care within a multidisciplinary team. This includes women with pre-existing medical conditions and neonates with complex needs.

Learning Outcomes

  • identify, describe and analyse the pathophysiological processes of complex conditions experienced by women and/or their babies in the pregnancy continuum;
  • formulate and plan effective midwifery care for women and neonates with complex conditions in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team;
  • appraise and evaluate complex midwifery care using the NMBA Midwifery Standards for Practice (2018);
  • employ strategies to observe cultural considerations and limit the psychosocial impact of complex conditions upon a woman and their family;
  • demonstrate competent, ethical and professional conduct as per the NMBA Midwifery Standards for Practice (2018), state and federal legal requirements and the Code of Conduct for Midwives (2018) and the International Confederation of Midwives Code of Ethics..
Prerequisites: NS5131 AND NS5132 AND NS5133 AND NS5134


External, Study Period 1
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Mrs Maria Liston
Lecturers: Mrs Helen Coxhead, Dr Marie McAuliffe, Mrs Maria Liston.
Workload expectations:
  • 124 hours - Online learning 4 hrs/week; self-directed learning 4 hrs/week; assessment preparation 20 hrs
  • 13 weeks professional Experience
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); evidence of attendance at 50 antenatal visits submitted; evidence of attendance at 50 postnatal visits submitted; 15 labour and birth as the primary accoucher; direct and active care for additional 10 1st stage labours submitted; 10 complex midwifery care experiences submitted; 5 continuity of care experiences completed; 5 clinical competencies submitted; 1 student evaluation from clinical placement submitted (%); assignments (50%); complete errors and limitations in fetal monitoring and cord blood modules of the k2 fetal monitoring training program [sat/unsat] (%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Satisfactory completion of practical components

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