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Unit Code: NMS880

Unit Name: Introduction to Midwifery Practice

Description: This course aims to introduce students to contemporary midwifery practice which is underpinned on the philosophy of Women Centred Care and the role of a midwife defined from the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM). This course will further develop the students understanding and role of the midwife as a health care professional, providing a critical contribution to the quality of women\'s experiences of childbearing. Framework for midwifery practice and decision making will further explore ethical, legal and professional issues in various models of midwifery care in any settings. Development and enhancement of skills in effective communication, collaboration, documentation, reflection and cultural safety will be strengthened to support a safe satisfying experience that meets the individual needs of women. Utilization of evidence -based practice will be expanded as the student progresses through the course.

Learning Target Outcomes: On successful completion of this course, the students will be able to: 1. Synthesize contemporary Midwifery practice exploring ethical, legal and regulatory framework governing standards of practice in the development of a professional midwife. 2. Synthesize knowledge of human reproduction to inform clinical practice and safe midwifery care. 3. Analyse socio-cultural determinants of health in maternal and newborn care, utilising principles of primary care in health promotion, disease prevention and preconception care. 4. Demonstrate the ability to practice midwifery continuity of care by forming partnership with women of diverse groups in a culturally sensitive way. 5. Demonstrate the ability to provide midwifery care and reproductive health counselling to women of childbearing age and provision of family planning methods of their choice.

Prerequisite: Minimum Entry Requirement.

Prerequisite Sentence: N/A

Credit Point: 30

Offered In: Semester 1