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NS5135 - Complex Midwifery Care

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
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. 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

  • (1) critically analyse and apply the physiological and pathophysiological processes and midwifery skills midwives require, to support childbearing women and their families requiring complex care; (2) explore, analyse and apply the pathophysiology of pre-existing medical conditions in relation to the pregnancy, birth and postnatal continuum; (3) examine, analyse and apply the pathophysiology of complex fetal and neonatal conditions;
  • (4) demonstrate midwifery care for women and neonates with a complex condition in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team; (5) recognise and demonstrate the need to refer and/or consult with the multidisciplinary team when care required falls outside the midwife's scope of practice; (6) 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;
  • (7) observe cultural considerations to all childbearing women and families; (8) discuss the psychosocial effect on women and their families when they experience a complex need in the pregnancy, birth and postnatal continuum; (9) 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

Availabilities

External, Study Period 1
Census Date 26-Mar-2015
Coordinator: Mrs Gillian Harris
Workload expectations:
  • 0 hours
  • 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; 20 being with women in labour and birth submitted; 10 complex midwifery care experiences submitted; 15 continuity of care experiences submitted; 5 clinical competencies submitted; 1 student evaluation from clinical placement submitted (%); assignments (50%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Satisfactory completion of practical components

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