This course builds upon basic knowledge provided in pre-registration midwifery courses. It concerns how to optimise the biological, environmental, social, emotional and psychological factors that interact to create the conditions that women and babies experience during the childbearing year.
Topics review and extend students understanding of normal psychophysiology and factors which optimise maternal and fetal health from prior to conception to six weeks postpartum. This encompasses pre-conceptual health and nutrition of both parents. Genetics and epigenetics are reviewed to consider the impact of the women’s environment on her physical and emotional health and the way in which this can affect the baby’s growth and development. The ideal birth environment is critically examined with reference to the birth space, mindfulness and the role of the midwifery guardian in creating and maintaining a safe and nurturing environment. Inter-professional collaboration is optimising normal physiology of labour, birth, bonding and breastfeeding is examined with particular reference to cortisol, adrenaline, oxytocin, prolactin and endorphin. The provision of woman-centred midwifery care, design of birthing services and related policy and practice is evaluated.
|Faculty||Faculty of Health and Medicine|
|School||School of Nursing and Midwifery|
Trimester 3 - 2018
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
|Assumed Knowledge||A Bachelor degree in Midwifery (or equivalent) or completion of a Graduate Diploma in Midwifery together with current midwifery registration and minimum of one year postgraduate experience.|
Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks
Self-Directed 6 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks
|Timetable||2018 Course Timetables for MIDI6591|