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NS5135 - Complex Midwifery Care

[Not offered in 2014]

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

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. In this course a complex need will be defined as a condition that will impact on the pregnancy if not treated, causing significant morbidity and mortality. Using Berg's (2005) model of 'genuine caring' the midwifery skills midwives require, to support childbearing women and their families requiring complex care across the pregnancy and birth continuum will be critically analysed; to ensure safe appropriate care is provided for all women and families with a complex need in the pregnancy continuum. The focus of midwifery care in this subject 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

  • critically analyse and apply the physiological and pathophysiological processes and midwifery skills midwives require, to support childbearing women and their families requiring complex care;
  • examine, analyse and apply the pathophysiology of complex fetal and neonatal conditions;
  • recognise and demonstrate the need to refer and/or consult with the multidisciplinary team when care required falls outside the midwives scope of practice;
  • using Berg's (2005) theory of 'genuine caring' and Page's (2000) 'five steps to evidence based midwifery' practice; formulate an appropriate plan of woman centred care to childbearing women and families with complex needs;
  • demonstrate safe, ethical practice, recognising own limitations and scope of practice when complying with the ANMC (2006) Competency Standards for the Midwife, state and federal legal requirements and codes of professional conduct.
Prerequisites: NS5131 AND NS5132 AND NS5133 AND NS5134

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