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NS5131 - Foundations of Midwifery Practice

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

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. Students are briefly introduced to birth and postnatal care as a scaffold to NS5133 (Healthy Labour and Birth) and NS5135 (Complex Midwifery Care). Content will include physiology of reproduction, pre-conceptual health, physiology of conception, physiological adaptations to pregnancy, antenatal screening, antenatal care for well women, antenatal education, birth preparation and an introduction to postnatal care. Students will be introduced to Lesley Page's (2000), 'five steps of evidence based midwifery' and Marie Berg's (2005), model of 'genuine caring' as an underpinning for their own individual midwifery philosophy and to reinforce the importance of a woman centred approach to midwifery led care.

Learning Outcomes

  • (1) explore Berg's (2005), theory of 'genuine caring' and Page's (2000), 'five steps to evidence based midwifery' as a basis for developing a midwifery philosophy when caring for all childbearing women and their families; (2) demonstrate provision of midwifery care from preconception throughout the pregnancy continuum to women and their families, consistent with the philosophy, ethics and the NMBA (2006) National Competency Standards for the Midwife;
  • (3) apply the physiology of reproduction, conception and physiological adaptations to the pregnancy continuum; (4) critically analyse the midwifery care required in pre-conceptual health, antenatal care, antenatal education and birth preparation for women and families;
  • (5) explain antenatal diagnostic screening and provide appropriate support for women who may be considering antenatal diagnostic screening; and (6) explain the physiological process of normal birth and the puerperium for the well woman, well infant and family.


Townsville, Limited, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Face to face teaching 20-Jan-2014 to 24-Jan-2014
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Workload expectations:
  • 40 hours workshops/Seminars - 5-day residential block Townsville campus 20-24 January 2014 inclusive.
  • 13 weeks professional experience
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); 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; 10 complex midwifery care experiences; 1 student evaluation. [sat/unsat] (%); assignments (50%); complete chapter 1 of the 'k2 fetal monitoring training program' [sat/unsat] (%); four online quizzes as hurdles. students must compete 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 20 to 24 January 2014 inclusive and satisfactory completion of practical components

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