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MID2201 Developing the Midwife Practitioner

Semester 2, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Jilmy Joy


Pre-requisite: MID2102 and MID2199


This course will enable the student to develop professional judgement, knowledge and understanding in relation to assessment and management of women and their infants during the antenatal, labour and birth period and postpartum period. As the primary carer students will reflect on the care women considering the psychological, physiological and cultural aspects of pregnancy, birth and parenting. Students will apply evidence-based practice and critical analysis skills to investigate obstetric interventions, non-physiological management of birth and pharmacological pain management during labour.

This course aims to provide students with the knowledge to develop their skills in providing antenatal care, intrapartum care, birth and postnatal care as the primary carer for the woman and her infant. This course complements MID2102 Foundations for Midwifery Practice and builds on uncomplicated midwifery care with the care of women requiring additional care during introduction of pregnancy, labour, birth and care of the baby. Students will explore preterm labour, induction of labour, assisted births, caesarean section and Vaginal Birth After Caesarean Section (VBAC) in relation to physiological and psychological contexts. There is a focus on pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical therapies for pain management during labour and potential implications on the infant. This course will combine early parenting skills with infant feeding strategies to enable students to provide best practice in supporting women.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Identify and initiate midwifery care appropriate to variations in pregnancy and childbirth
  2. Explore and examine best practice midwifery care in relation to labour, birth variations and interventions
  3. Compare and contrast research evidence in relation to caring for a woman who has experienced an assisted or operative birth
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the psychological adaptations women may experience who encounter unexpected birthing interventions;
  5. Demonstrate professional communication skills (oral and written) when caring for women in labour to maintain a supportive relationship
  6. Analyse midwifery therapeutics used throughout pregnancy and childbirth including prescription and non-prescription medications
  7. Appraise medication management using principles of quality use of medicines


Description Weighting(%)
1. Working with women as primary carer 25.00
2. Labour and birth variations and interventions 30.00
3. Operative birth 25.00
4. Midwifery therapeutics 10.00
5. Diagnostics 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

De-Vitry SMith, S. Bayes, S 2019, Skills for Midwifery Practice Australia & New Zealand edition, Elsevier, Sydney.
Jordan, S 2011, Pharmacology for Midwives: The evidence base for safe practice, 2nd edn, Palgrave Macmillan, China.
Leap, N. & Hunter, B 2016, Supporting Women for Labour and Birth: A thoughtful guide, Routledge, Oxon.
Pairman, S, Pincombe, J, Thorogood, C & Tracy, S 2019, Midwifery: Preparation for Practice, 4th edn, Elsevier, Sydney.
Simkin., P Hanson., L & Ancheta., R 2017, The Labor Progress Handbook Early Interventions to prevent and treat Dystocia, 4th edn, Wiley Blackwell, New Jersey.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%)
Assignments Written Case Study No 30
Assignments Oral Presentation (ind, grp, mltmd) A1 of 2 No 8
Assignments Oral Presentation (ind, grp, mltmd) A2 of 2 No 12
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 50
Date printed 10 February 2023