Full Title:Midwifery 3
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:NURS N8175
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:This module will introduce the student to the fundamental knowledge and skills to care for women who have altered health states that may affect or be affected by pregnancy. It further aims to develop the student's knowledge and skills to collaborate and provide care as part of the health care team to women who experience complex pregnancies/births.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Critically appraise the effect of pre-existing medical conditions on pregnancy
  2. Critically appraise the effect of pregnancy on pre-existing medical conditions.
  3. Discuss the underlying pathophysiology, identification, referral and subsequent holistic care of women with complex condiitons during pregnancy, labour, birth and the puerperium.
  4. Critically compare and contrast maternal mortality from a national and international perspective.
  5. Critically appraise safety in medication management.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Pre-existing conditions
Cardiac disease. Hepatitis. Asthma. Epilepsy.
Each pre-existing condition will consider:
Epidemiology, aetiology, pathophysiology, pathology, presenting features, diagnosis, investigations. Medical / surgical interventions. Obstetric/midwifery/nursing management. Evidence based plan of holistic care considering a partnership and health care team approach. Risks to woman, fetus, baby. Pharmacology. Effective communication skills. Legal and ethical considerations. Documentation. Applied health promotion.
Complexities that arise during pregnancy, labour, birth and the puerperium.
Maternal sepsis - including Group A and Group B streptococcus. Thromboembolic Disorders. Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation. Pre-eclampsia, HELLP Syndrome. Preterm labour and birth. Antepartum haemorrhage. Diabetes/ gestational diabetes. Mental Health Problems -Postnatal blues, postnatal depression, puerperal psychosis. Cancer during pregnancy. HIV/AIDS. Maternal morbidity and mortality
Blood products
Blood transfusion Anti-D
Linking theory to practice
Group reflective activity. Critically review of the benefits and challenges or reflective practice.
Scope of practice in relation to medications
Safety in medication management. Errors and near-misses. Adverse reactions.
Assessment Breakdown%
End of Module Formal Examination100.00%
Special Regulation
Other - As part of the assessment strategy for this module students will be required to complete all 10 case studies of K2 'Training simulator' programme. Practical/Skills Evaluation: Formative medication administration OSCE.

Full Time

No Course Work
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End of module formal examination will assess learning outcomes 1-4 1,2,3,4 100.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

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 7.00 Every Week 7.00
Directed Reading No Description 50.00 Once per semester 3.33
Independent Study No Description 50.00 Once per semester 3.33
Total Weekly Learner Workload 13.67
Total Weekly Contact Hours 7.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Billington, M. and Stevenson, M 2007, Critical Care in Childbearing for Midwives, Wiley: Blackwell. Oxford
  • Bothamley, J. 2011, Boyle, M. Thromboembolism in pregnancy., 2nd Ed., Emergencies around childbirth., Radcliffe Publishing. Oxford
  • Briley, A 2013, Pre-eclampsia., 2nd Ed., Chapman, V. and Charles, C. (eds). The Midwives labour and birth handbook, Wiley-Blackwell London
  • Dougherty, L. and Lister, S. (eds.) 2011, The Royal Marsden Hospital Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedure, 8th Ed., Blackwell Publishers Oxford
  • Health Service Executive 2010, Guidelines for the management for Pre-Gestational and Gestational Diabetes Mellitus, Health Service Executive Dublin
  • Heffner, L. and Schust, J. 2010, The Reproductive System at a Glance, 3rd Ed., Wiley Blackwell. London
  • Johnson, R. and Taylor, W 2010, Skills for midwifey practice,, 3rd Ed., Churchill Livingstone London
  • 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, BJOG London
  • Mattson Porth, C. and Maffin, G. 2010, Pathophysiology: Concepts of Altered Health States, 8th Ed., Lippincott Williams and Wilkins San Francisco
  • National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence 2010, Venous thromboembolism: reducing the risk, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence London
  • Norman, J. and Greer, I. (eds) 2011, Preterm Labour – Managing Risk in Clinical Practice, 2nd ed. Ed., Cambridge University Press Cambridge
  • Powrie, R., Greene, M. and Camann, W 2010, De Swiets’ Medical Disorders in Obstetric Practice, 5th Ed., Wiley-Blackwell. London
  • Robson, S.E. and Waugh, J. 2013, Medical Disorders in Pregnancy: A Manual for Midwives, 2nd Ed., Blackwell Publishing. London
  • Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 2009, Reducing the risk of thrombosis and embolism during pregnancy and the puerperium, 2nd Ed., Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists London
  • Walsh, M. and Crumbie, A 2008, Watson’s Clinical Nursing and Related Sciences, 7th Ed., Balliere-Tindall London
  • Wylie, L. and Bryce, H. 2008, The Midwifery Guide to Medical conditions: Pregnancy and Childbirth., Churchill Livingstone London
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 6 Mandatory
nocode24 Bachelor of Science in Health Studies (Midwifery) Exit Award 6 Mandatory