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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedGippsland First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Jan Jones (Gippsland)


This practice unit complements the theory unit Childbearing obstacles and will focus on students developing their knowledge and skills relating to the obstacles women may experience during pregnancy, labour and birth and the first weeks after birth. Emphasis is given to the recognition of problems and the collaborative and referral role of the midwife. Whilst recognising the role of other healthcare practitioners, midwifery care will be central. Students will be introduced to the use of medical technology and obstetrical intervention whilst maintaining a woman-centred focus.


On completion of this unit the student should be able to:

  1. apply appropriate knowledge in the care of a woman experiencing obstacles in childbearing;

  1. develop plans of care for women experiencing obstacles in childbearing;

  1. demonstrate understanding of specific conditions that affect pregnancy, labour and birth, and the first few weeks after birth;

  1. evaluate the implications of obstetric interventions in maternity care;

  1. critique the use of technology in maternity care;

  1. demonstrate beginning skills in the use of technology in midwifery and obstetric practice;

  1. demonstrate the ability to manage emergencies;

  1. demonstrate the ability to practice within a multidisciplinary team;

  1. facilitate woman's access to appropriate community resources;

  1. document the ongoing relationship with the women and families that the midwifery student follows through in a way that reflects their own involvement and actions and the rationale for these, as well as the families' actions and attitudes and responses to midwifery care; and

  1. demonstrate midwifery competency based on the selected ACMI Competency Standards


Cumulative assessments include:

Formative - journaling exercises

Summative - woman-centred practice enquiry (3) follow through case studies: 30%
Critical reflection on own practice: 20%
Examination (2 hours): 50%
Skills assessments (ongoing, portfolio): Pass/Fail only

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Jan Jones

Contact hours

This unit will require student attendance on campus and/or in practice for a maximum of 12 hours per week for 12 weeks. There will be time allocated in practice for students to complete clinical assessment.


MID2004, MID2006 or MID2105