BMidwif Midwifery

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Midwifery Care -pregnancy and birth

Unit code NURS13120
Credit rating 40
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Nursing & Midwifery
Available as a free choice unit? No


Midwifery care - pregnancy and birth will be delivered over semesters 1 and 2. The focus of this unit is to develop a foundation of knowledge and skills in caring for women experiencing normal pregnancy and birth. This includes pertinent communication and relational skills, and understanding of essential psychological theory as applied to pregnancy and birth. The unit develops knowledge gained in the Life Sciences for Midwives unit. Theory includes, antenatal screening and care pathways, maternal and fetal adaptation, informed choice, place of birth and the role and responsibilities of the midwife.


  • To develop students’ knowledge and understanding of normal pregnancy and birth and incorporating the role of the midwife in providing women and family centred care throughout this continuum.
  • To promote knowledge and understanding of pregnancy and birth as a life changing event and its effects on all family members.

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning will adopt a blended approach with a mixture of online materials and key note lectures to the whole group, supported by smaller group seminars. It is important that students develop a sense of self efficacy in relation to learning as material and activities will presented to them within the Blackboard environment. This will include preparatory information and activities within Blackboard and follow up materials for directed study after the key note lecture. These materials will make use of formative testing of knowledge, and reviewing policy and guidance and literature searching, Discussion in small groups will be a feature of the seminar activities for which the student will be expected to prepare.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Describe the normal physiological changes occurring in the reproductive system and relate this fertility, conception, pregnancy and labour processes
  • Understand the role of the midwife in caring for women in pregnancy and labour, and provision of antenatal and intranatal care.
  • Describe the process of assessment of fetal and maternal well being during pregnancy and labour including the initiation of the first feed.
  • Understand the importance of effective communication skills in facilitating a satisfying childbirth experience and placing women at the centre of care.

Intellectual skills

  • Relate relevant psychological theory to the adaptive processes of parenthood and care in pregnancy and labour.
  • Develop pertinent professional attributes and attitudes and behaviours.
  • Begin to take responsibility for own learning and development

Practical skills

  • Under direct supervision participate in the initial consultation.
  • Under direct supervision participate in the provision of antenatal care.
  • Under direct supervision participate in the provision of care in labour and birth
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage with women and their families to build caring professional relationships using effective communication and interpersonal skills, always respecting professional boundaries.
  • Demonstrates, under direct supervision, safe midwifery care which meets essential needs of women and their families at the level of participation.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Demonstrate effective information gathering and study skills, including the use of electronic environments, library skills
  • Develop effective time management skills, in both theoretical and practice aspects of the programme.
  • Communicate effectively with women, families, the multidisciplinary team, student peers and lecturers.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 50%
Portfolio 50%

Feedback methods

Students will normally have the opportunity to receive feedback on formative work submitted prior to the summative assessment. Other feedback opportunities will also be available in class and online discussion boards. Online feedback is provided in Grademark. Provisional feedback based on internal marking will be made available prior to the Exam Board on the basis that these marks are yet to be ratified at the Exam Board and therefore may be subject to change. A standard feedback mechanism in Grademark is utilised across all undergraduate programmes within the School which provides detailed and constructive feedback on each component and aspect of assessment and identifies areas of strength and those aspects which could be enhanced.

Student feedback is obtained through open discussion forums on blackboard, in class discussions, via formal University unit evaluation forms and also qualitative, in house evaluations at the end of the unit. 

Recommended reading

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 25
Seminars 10
Tutorials 1
Placement hours
Placement 390
Independent study hours
Independent study 134

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Gillian Singleton Unit coordinator

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