Full Title:Midwifery 2(a)
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:NURS N8131
Credits: 10
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2015/16 ( September 2015 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:Students completing this module will be in a position to develop the knowledge and skills to assess, plan, implement and evaluate holistic evidenced based midwifery care for women experiencing normal pregnancy, labour, birth and puerperium.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Relate the physiological processes involved in pregnancy, labour and the puerperium to facilitate the provision of evidence based midwifery care
  2. Evaluate pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods of pain management
  3. Consider the assessment and promotion of maternal and fetal well-being during pregnancy, labour, birth and the puerperium
  4. Demonstrate application of knowledge and skills necessary to provide evidenced based care specific to labour and birth
  5. Examine the implications of technology/interventions in normal labour
  6. Facilitate choice for women within contemporary midwifery through the demonstration an understanding of issues related to individualized care for women and families

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Choices for women during pregnancy, birth and puerperium
Overview of maternity services - Type of birth – waterbirth, position for birth / Birth plans
Booking Visit
Examine the significance of booking visit and antenatal care pathway
Review physiology associted with normal pregnancy labour and birth
Refer to and revise content related to midwifery and natural sciences
Evidence in relation to best practice for the provision of midwifery care to women experiencing normal pregnancy, labour, birth and puerperium
Exploring research in relation to evidence based practice
Holistic midwifery care for antenatal, labour, birth and the puerperium
Appraising evidence based care guidelines in relation to labour, birth and puerperium
Mechanism of labour
Theory and practical application of mechanism of labour
Optimal fetal positioning
Review current theory and practice of OFP
Pharmacological and non-pharmacological pain management
Physiology of pain / Coping with pain / Choice / individualised approach / Law in relation to pharmacology
Common disorders of pregnancy
Dicomforts related to anatomical and physiological changes in pregnancy
Role of technology/interventions in the management of labour
Critique of routine CTG use / Appropriate use of technology in pregnancy and birth / Introduction to Cardiotocograph / Asessment of Fetal Wellbeing / Physiology of fetal heart rate / CTG Recordings - Normal , Suspiscious, Pathological CTG Findings / Interpreting CTG Recordings
Discharge planning
Individualised biopsychosocial care planning for discharge home from hospital
Linking Theory to Practice
Group Reflective Activity.
Reflective Practice Theory
Models of Reflection
Cycle of medication management
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 Students will complete a theory/practice workbook that will enable the appraisal of modular theoretical and practical instruction to the provision of holistic evidence based midwifery care. As part of this assessment strategy students will be required to complete Chapters 1 and 2 (Cardiotocograph) of the K2 Perinatal Training Programme. 1,2,3,4,5,6 100.00 0 0 Sem 1 End 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.

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 10 weeks. On 4 occassions 2hrs will be allocated for clinical skills to include the pelvis and fetal skull, mechanisim of normal labour, vaginal examination and facilitating 1st, 2nd and 3rd stages of birth. 8.00 Every Week 8.00
Directed Reading Core text and evidence based research 85.00 Once per semester 5.67
Independent Study Relate theory to practice 85.00 Once per semester 5.67
Total Weekly Learner Workload 19.33
Total Weekly Contact Hours 8.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Chapman, V. and Charles, C 2013, The Midwife’s Labour and Birth Handbook, 3rd Ed., Wiley Blackwell Publishing Sussex
  • Davis, E. 2012, Heart and Hands: A Midwife's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth, 5th Ed., Ten Speed Press Berkley
  • Fraser D.M. and Cooper M.A. 2009, Myles Textbook for Midwives, 15 Ed., Churchill Livingstone London
  • Gaskin, I. M. 2012, Spiritual Midwifery, 4th Ed., Book Publishing Company Summerton
  • Gauge, S 2011, CTG Made Easy, 4th Ed., Churchill Livingston London
  • Johnson, R. and Taylor, W 2010, Skills for Midwifery Practice London, 3rd Ed., Churchill Livingston London
  • Jordan, S. 2010, Pharmacology for Midwives: The Evidence Base for Safe Practice, 2nd Ed., Palgrave MacMillan Hampshire
  • Kirkham, M. 2004, Informed Choice in Maternity Care, Palgrave MacMillan Basingstoke
  • Macdonald, S. and Magill-Cuerden, J. 2011, Mayes' Midwifery: A Textbook for Midwives, 14th Ed., Balliere-Tindall London
  • Rankin, J 2012, Myles Midwifery Anatomy & Physiology Workbook, Churchill Livingstone London
  • Raynor, M. and England, C. 2010, Psychology for Midwives: Pregnancy, Childbirth and Puerperium, Open University Press Berkshire
  • Robson, S.E. and Waugh, J. 2013, (2013) Medical Disorders in Pregnancy: A Manual for Midwives, 2nd Ed., Blackwell Publishing London
  • Stables, D. 2004, Physiology in Childbearing with Anatomy and Related Biosciences, 2nd Ed., Balliere Tindall London
  • Tucker-Blackburn, S. 2007, Maternal, Fetal and Neonatal Physiology: A Clinical Perspective., Saunders Elsevier Missouri
  • Walsh, D. 2011, Evidence and Skills for Normal Labour and Birth: A Guide for Midwives, Routledge London
  • Walsh, D. and Downe, S. 2010, Intrapartum Care (Essential Midwifery Practice), Wiley Blackwell Sussex
  • Wylie, L. 2005, Essential Anatomy and Physiology in Maternity Care, 2nd Ed., Churchill Livingstone London
  • Wylie, L. and Bryce, H. 2008, The Midwifery Guide to Medical conditions: Pregnancy and Childbirth., Churchill Livingstone London
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) 2008, Intrapartum Care: Care of Healthy Women and their Babies during Labour
  • Hodnett ED, Gates S, Hofmeyr GJ, Sakala C 2012, Continuous support for women during childbirth. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Issue 10. Art. No.: CD003766. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003766.pub4
  • NICE 2008, Antenatal care: Routine Care for the healthy pregnant woman
  • Lewis, G. 2011, Saving mothers' lives: reviewing maternal deaths to make motherhood safer: 2006–08. The eighth report of the Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths in the United Kingdom., London: British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology BJOG, 118 (Suppl. 1):1–203
Other Resources
  • Website: National Institute for Clinical Excellencewww.nice.org.uk
  • Website: Royal College of Midwiveshttp://www.rcm.org.uk/
  • Website: An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachaishttp://www.nursingboard.ie/en/homepage.a spx
  • Website: Cochrane Libraryhttp://www.thecochranelibrary.com/view/0 /index.html
  • Website: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologistshttp://www.rcog.org.uk/

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NMWIF_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Midwifery 3 Mandatory