Full Title:Sensitive Midwifery Practice
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:NURS N8176
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 2 - 2016/17 ( February 2017 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module will provide the student midwife with the knowledge and skills to participate in the holistic, culturally sensitive provision of care to women with particular social, physical, emotional, intellectual, educational and healthcare needs. This module may be facilitated through Enquiry Based Learning (EBL).
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Critically appraise the provision of holistic midwifery care within the context of inequalities in health and health care provision.
  2. Critically explore and apply the concept of cultural sensitivity in the midwifery context.
  3. Critically evaluate the midwife's role in supporting and empowering women with particular social, physical, emotional, intellectual, educational and healthcare needs.
  4. Critically discuss grief and loss in maternity care.
  5. Provide evidence based, sensitive care and support for bereaved parents and their families.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Non-judgemental, holistic approaches to midwifery care:
Review of midwifery care concepts. Assessment of individual health care needs.
Cultural sensitivity
Skills for culturally sensitive and competent care. Female Genital Mutilation.
Disadvantaged Groups in Society and complex social health care needs.
Review of the implications on health, pregnancy, parenthood. Crisis Pregnancy. Teenage pregnancy. Domestic and sexual violence. Adoption. Drug and alcohol abuse – the effect on the pregnancy, fetus, and baby. Include role of social worker and ethico-legal considerations.
Grief and loss
Loss and the grieving process specific to perinatal death. Spirituality. Types of loss in maternity care. Breaking bad news. Principles of good practice in relation to care. Post-mortem practice and procedures.
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 The student will be required to submit an individual written assignment exploring the sensitive issues within this module.THIS MUST BE PASSED INDEPENDENTLY 1,2,3 60.00 0 0 n/a 0
Group Project A group project will explore the issues around grief and loss in midwifery practice. THIS MUST BE PASSED INDEPENDENTLY. 3,4,5 40.00 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
Reassessment of this module will consist of a continuous assessment and/or project depending on individual circumstances depending on individual circumstances in consultation with the external examiner. Both elements must be passed independently in order to pass the module.

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 12 weeks 6.00 Every Week 6.00
Directed Reading Students will be expected to read around the subjects presented and will involve some on-line directed learning through Moodle 50.00 Once per semester 3.33
Independent Study No Description 60.00 Once per semester 4.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 13.33
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Dimond, B. 2006, Legal Aspects of Midwifery, 3rd Edition Ed., Butterworth Heinemann London
  • Farber, N. : 2009, Adolescent Pregnancy: Policy and Prevention Practices, Springer Publishing Company London
  • Madden, D 2005, Report of Dr. Deirdre Madden on Post Mortem Practices and Procedures., Stationary Office Dublin
  • Scott, J., Henley, A. 1996, Culture, Religion and Childbearing in a Multiracial Society, Butterworth-Heinemann Edinburgh
  • Chalmers, B., Omer-Hashi, K. 2003, Female genital mutilation and obstetric care, Trafford Books Vancouver
  • Department of Children and Youth Affairs 2011, Children first. National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children., Government publications. Dublin
  • Van Dokkum, N. 2011, Nursing Law for Students in Ireland., 2nd edtn. Ed., Gill and MacMillan Dublin.
  • Gaskin, I.M 2002, Spiritual Midwifery, Book Publishing Company London.
  • Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries 2011, Saving Mothers Lives. Reviewing maternal deaths to make motherhood safer:2006-2008; The eighth report of the confidential enquiries into maternal deaths in the United Kingdom, Wiley Blackwell London.
  • ISANDS 2007, Guidelines for Professionals., Vision Print Ireland.
  • Mander, R. 2006, Loss and Bereavement in Childbearing., 2nd edtn. Ed., Routledge New York.
  • Spong, C. 2011, Stillbirth, Prediction, Prevention and Management, Wiley Blackwell Oxford.
  • Kenworthy, D. and Kirkham, M. 2011, Midwives coping with grief and loss, Radcliffe Publishing London.
  • Schott, J. & Henley A. 2007, Pregnancy, Loss and the Death of a Baby: Guidelines for Professionals, Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society Cambridge.
  • Trinity College Dublin 2009, Women with Disabilities: Barriers and Facilitators to Accessing Services During Pregnancy, Childbirth and Early Motherhood, TCD/NDA Dublin
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Colgan, K. 2009, Trust Betrayed, Poolbeg Dublin.
  • Orpen, J. 2009, Dying to survive, Gill & McMillan Dublin.
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NMWIF_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Midwifery 6 Mandatory