BMidwif Midwifery

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Midwifery emergencies

Unit code NURS31350
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Nursing & Midwifery
Available as a free choice unit? No


Childbirth is viewed as a normal, although life-changing event. Sometimes, however, acute situations can arise, potentially resulting in a major emergency. A midwife must be equipped with the necessary skills to anticipate, detect, assess and respond in a safe, rational and logical manner to such events. Students will explore a systematic multidisciplinary approach to the management of midwifery emergencies, and explore in a critical logical manner the rationale for actions in emergency situations.


  • Anticipate, prevent, detect, and respond to emergencies related to pregnancy and childbirth and demonstrate a thorough understanding of the associated sequelae of such emergencies.
  • Practice competently, confidently, and with consistency in dealing with midwifery emergencies which may occur in a variety of settings

Teaching and learning methods

Pre lecture directed reading, Keynote lectures, skills and drills in simulation, post self and peer assessment. Role play, problem solving exercises reflection on practice.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate coherent and detailed knowledge and a thorough understanding of the factors which may contribute to complications during childbirth, and which have the potential to lead to emergency situations.
  • Demonstrate coherent and detailed knowledge and understanding that enables them to discern and develop appropriate evidence-based strategies for the reduction of risk.
  • Demonstrate systematic understanding of managing emergencies in childbirth in low resource settings.
  • Demonstrate systematic understanding of the professional role of the midwife when dealing with emergencies in childbirth in UK settings

Intellectual skills

  • Critically review the role of the midwife in the anticipation, prevention and management of emergencies
  • Critically review their sphere of practice in relation to assessing, implementing and evaluating appropriate interventions and emergency measures.
  • Critically analyse the effectiveness of those interventions, and modify care according to changes in the condition of the mother fetus or newborn .

Practical skills

  • Demonstrate at a level of internalisation and dissemination the diagnostic skills used by the midwife in order to prioritise action.
  • Demonstrate, at a level of internalisation and dissemination the required emergency procedures to meet the health needs of women and babies.
  • Deploy accurately established techniques in the management of emergency situations related to the mother and fetus during childbearing.
  • Discern the appropriate level of help required, and how to summon that help in the correct manner in emergency situations

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Critically appraise the different roles within the multi- disciplinary team, how to use this expertise appropriately, and work collaboratively as a member of the team in a variety of settings.
  • Utilise systematic and creative approaches to problem-solving and decision-making in relation to complex issues

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Practical skills assessment 100%

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 32
Practical classes & workshops 29
Seminars 11
Placement hours
Placement 262.5
Independent study hours
Independent study 40.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Gillian Singleton Unit coordinator

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