BMidwif Midwifery / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Promoting Health for Life

Course unit fact file
Unit code NURS34101
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 6
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit aims to build upon knowledge for optimising biological, psychological, social, and cultural processes. This unit will enable you to develop and apply your knowledge of the midwife's role in promoting a healthy life-course for pregnant and birthing women/people, babies and their families. You will be supported to promote a healthy life-course through continuity of midwifery carer, provision of parent education, infant feeding support and development of public health strategies. 


This unit aims to: 

  • Enable learners to develop and apply their knowledge of the midwife's role in promoting healthy life-course for pregnant and birthing women/people, babies and their families.
  • Prepare learners to promote a healthy life-course through continuity of midwifery carer, 
    provision of parent education, infant feeding support and development of public health 

Teaching and learning methods

The intended learning outcomes (ILOs) and aims are all constructively aligned to ensure the teaching and assessment methods support the learners' achievement of these to the highest standard. The assessment ensures that all aims and ILOs can be demonstrated as met during the assessment task and in order to facilitate learners' understanding of the ILOs the following teaching methods will be used: 

  • Flipped classroom approach 
  • Seminars and small group work 
  • Peer feedback (formative) 
  • Lectures 
  • Specialist speakers 
  • Online lectures 
  • Online seminars 
  • Directed study 
  • Guided reading 
  • Clinical practice 

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the relationship of pregnancy, birth and the early years to public health and well-being across the life course. 
  • Critically evaluate public health and health promotion approaches to ameliorate health and social inequalities for birthing women/people and newborn infants. 
  • Critically examine health protection principles relevant to infection prevention and control, communicable disease surveillance, and antimicrobial resistance and stewardship. 
  • Critically analyse the principles and practices of parent education and preparation for parenthood. 

Intellectual skills

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of priorities for public health and health promotion for birthing women/people and newborn infants, their partners and families in local, regional and national settings. 
  • Develop an effective approach to promoting public health that is culturally sensitive, ethical, 
    collaborative, participative, and adaptable, respects other professionals and lay groups, and is based on shared goal setting. 
  • Critically evaluate contemporary knowledge of genetics/genomics to offer clear, basic 
    explanations to support communication of complex and difficult information in timely manner to meet family needs. 

Practical skills

  • Demonstrate coherent and detailed knowledge to support continuity of midwifery carer for birthing women/people and newborn infants including responsibility for coordination of care.
  • Effectively develop midwifery skills to advocate for and support parent and newborn mental health and well-being, positive attachment and the transition to parenthood.
  • Assess and demonstrate systematic knowledge and understanding of the wider social, cultural and political influences which undermine breastfeeding, to promote, support and protect breastfeeding. 
  • Effectively and appropriately provide compassionate, respectful, empathetic, dignified 
    midwifery care for birthing women/people and/or partners and families experiencing perinatal loss or maternal death. 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Effectively communicate demonstrating digital, media and technological literacy within the context of health promotion activities. 
  • Systematically review the principles of effective communication to enable meaningful, person-centred empowering conversations about health choices. 

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 20%
Portfolio 80%

OSCE – related to supporting women with breastfeeding challenges. 

Feedback methods

Small group presentation of public health strategy with peer review and lecturer feedback 

Recommended reading

  • Carr S, Unwin N, Pless-Mulloli T. (2007). An Introduction to Public Health and Epidemiology. Second edition. Open University Press: Maidenhead. (E-Book)
  • Cowley S, Whittaker K, (2020) Community Public Health in Policy and Practice. A Sourcebook. 3rd Edition. Elsevier, London. 
  • Fox R, McMullen S, & Newburn M, (2015) UK women's experiences of breastfeeding and 
    additional breastfeeding support: a qualitative study of Baby Café services. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 15:147 
  • Green J, Tones K. (2015). Health Promotion: Planning and Strategies. Third edition. Sage Publications Ltd: London. 
  • Homer C, Brodie P, Sandall J, Leap N. (2019) Midwifery Continuity of Care. A Practical Guide. 2nd Edition. Elsevier. Australia 
  • Hawtin M, Percie-Smith J. (2007). Community Profiling: A Practical Guide. Second edition. Open University Press: Maidenhead. (E-Book) 
  • Laverack G. (2009). Public Health Power, Empowerment and Professional Practice. Second edition. Palgrave Macmillan: Hampshire. 
  • Naidoo J, Wills J. (2016). Foundations for Health Promotion. Fourth edition. Elsevier Ltd: Edinburgh. 
  • Ogden J. (2007). Health Psychology: A textbook. Fourth edition. Open University Press: England.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 24
Practical classes & workshops 4
Seminars 6
Work based learning 40
Independent study hours
Independent study 97

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Margaret Walsh Unit coordinator

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