Full Title:Midwifery 4
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:TEMPCODE184
Credits: 10
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module will provide the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent, detect and manage obstetric and neonatal emergencies. It will also provide the student with a national and international perspective on the support and development of midwifery practice.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Implement evidence based practice in order to critically evaluate those at risk of experiencing obstetric and neonatal emergencies
  2. Demonstrate the ability to carry out emergency interventions in a sequential manner in a simulated environment
  3. Assess and plan the holistic care of the family in the event of an obstetric or neonatal emergency
  4. Critically discuss the concept of professional and personal development.
  5. Synthesise the variety of issues/events/organizations affecting contemporary midwifery practice nationally and internationally.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Neonatal Resuscitation Programme
Postpartum haemorrhage – Primary and secondary
Maternal collapse/shock. Maternal Resuscitation
Umbilical Cord Prolapse
Shoulder Dystocia
Breech Birth
Amniotic fluid embolism
Uterine inversion
Uterine rupture
Developing role of the midwife in Ireland
Scope of Midwifery Practice. Perineal sututing. Midwife prescribing. Accountability and supervision.
Continuing professional development
Maintaining competence, Professional portfolio, Decision making skills, Career development - exploring available options. Consideration of use of reflective practice during internship
International Issues and Trends
International Confederation of Midwives. International Midwifery. International perspective on women’s health, perinatal and maternal morbidity and mortality.  Safe Motherhood Initiative.  UNICEF  World Health Organisation Initiatives  The 2011 WHO Multi-professional Patient Safety Curriculum Guide
Linking theory to practice
Group reflective activity
Reflective Practice
Consolidation and embodiment of reflective practice
Teaching and Asssessing
2 day programme
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment This will involve the development of an individual professional portfolio. All summative assessment strategies within this module must be passed independently 4,5 30.00 0 0 n/a 0
Practical/Skills Evaluation This assessment will comprise of simulated emergency situations to facilitate the demonstration of practical emergency skills combined with viva-voce examination which will assess learning outcomes 1,2 and 3. The neonatal resuscitation programme must be completed successfully in order to pass this module. All summative assessment strategies within this module must be passed independently. 1,2,3 70.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.
Reassessment Description
Both the practical/Skills evaluation and the portfolio will be required to be repeated and passed. The practical/skills evaluation is deeded recoverable.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture This module is normally delivered over 8 weeks 8.00 Every Week 8.00
Lecturer Supervised Learning Teaching and Assessing 12.00 Once per semester 0.80
Directed Reading No Description 80.00 Once per semester 5.33
Independent Study No Description 90.00 Once per semester 6.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 20.13
Total Weekly Contact Hours 8.80
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • American Academy of Pediatrics and American Heart Association 2011, Textbook of Neonatal Resuscitation., 6th Ed., American Academy of Pediatrics and American Heart Association. Illinois
  • Boyle, M. (ed) 2011, Emergencies Around Childbirth, 2nd Ed., Radcliffe Publishing Ltd. Oxford
  • Billington, M. and Stevenson, M. 2007, Critical Care in Childbearing for Midwives, Wiley-Blackwell. London
  • Chapman, V. and Charles, C. 2013, The Midwife's Labour and Birth Handbook., 3rd Ed., Blackwell Publishers London
  • Harding Clark, M. 2006, The Lourdes Hospital Inquiry. An inquiry into peripartum hysterectomy at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda., Stationary office Dublin
  • Lewis, G. 2011, Saving Mothers’ Lives: reviewing maternal deaths to make motherhood safer: 2006–08. The Eighth Report on Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths in the United Kingdom., BJOG London
  • Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 2009, Prevention and management of PPH., Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists London
  • Raynor, M.D., Marshall, J. and Jackson, K. 2012, Midwifery Practice: Critical Illness, Complications and Emergencies Case Book., Oxford University Press Maidenhead
  • An Bord Altranais 2000, Scope of Nursing and Midwifery Practice Framework, An Bord Altranais Dublin
  • An Bord Altranais 2010, Practice standards for midwives, An Bord Altranais Dublin
  • Aston, L., Wakefield, J. and McGown, R 2010, The Student Nurse Guide to Decision Making in Practice., Open University Press Maidenhead
  • Stuart, C. 2011, Study guide for Assessment, Supervision & Support in Clinical Practice: A Guide for Nurses, Midwives and Other Health Professionals., Cram101 Incorporated. Ventura, Ca
  • Gallagher, A. and Hodge, S. (eds) 2012, Ethics, Law and Professional Issues: A Practice-Based Approach for Health Professionals, Palgrave MacMillan. Basingstoke
  • Griffith, R., Tengnah, C.A. and Patel, C. 2010, Law and Professional Issues in Midwifery (Transforming Midwifery Practice Series), Learning Matters London
  • World Health Organization 2011, Patient Safety Curriculum Guide Multiprofesional Editon, World Health Organization Generva
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NMWIF_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Midwifery 7 Mandatory