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MID3102 Midwifery Challenges 2 - Neonatal

Semester 1, 2022 External
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 2 July 2022


Examiner: Jilmy Joy


Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: MID3101


This course will enable students to extend their knowledge of the challenges associated with foetal development, the neonate and aberrant adaptations experienced by newborns. The course addresses key anomalies associated with the neonate and introduce students to global and national strategies to manage or treat neonatal abnormalities to assist students extend their scope of practice.

This course aims to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to assist women who experiences breastfeed challenges. Content will address the numerous variations that can occur pre or post birth such as congenital abnormalities, facial, neural tube and genitourinary defects, and respiratory and cardiac anomalies. Support and treatment modalities will be explored in terms of surgical intervention, and relevant physical strategies, support groups and national and international organisations.

This course contains a mandatory residential school.

Course learning outcomes

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

  1. Compare and contrast global and domestic perspectives of breastfeeding and infant and young child feeding using effective communication skills and evidence-based philosophy to maintain collaborative and supportive relationships with women, their families and health professionals in a culturally appropriate manner;
  2. Analyse strategies and techniques to assist women and infants experiencing challenges to breastfeeding;
  3. Explore and examine challenges associated with preterm babies, babies with congenital and neural defects, experiencing metabolic adjustments, alcohol syndromes and disorders, facial anomalies, and pain and other adaptations at birth;
  4. Compare and contrast screening tools used to diagnose abnormalities prior to and post birth;
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of psychological adjustments experienced by parents and families following the birth of a baby with anomalies;
  6. Examine interventions associated with managing babies with anomalies such as surgical interventions and support services;
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of skills needed to provide verbal feedback and support to mothers of babies with anomalies.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Admission of baby to neonatal unit 10.00
2. Challenges to breastfeeding 20.00
3. Feeding techniques 10.00
4. Challenges to adaptations of the baby at birth 40.00
5. Surgical interventions 10.00
6. The role of the midwife to support parents who have sick babies 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Andre, K., Heartfield. M, Cusack. L 2017, Portfolios for Health Practitioners, 3rd edn, Elsevier Churchill and Livingstone, Chatsworth.
Australian College of Midwives (ACM) (2020), National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral, 3rd I edn.
(Issue 2.)
Department of Health (n.d.), Clinical Practice Guidelines: Pregnancy Care, Australian Government Department of Health, Canberra.
Pairman, S., Pincombe, J., Thorogood, C. & Tracy,S. (2019) Midwifery: preparation for practice (4th ed). Sydney, Elsevier.

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 (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Practical Practical No 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Assignments Written Case Study No 30 1,2,3,4,5,6
Assignments Oral Critique (oral) A1 of 2 No 9 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Assignments Oral Critique (oral) A2 of 2 No 11 1,2,3,4
Examinations Non-invigilated Time limited online examinatn No 50 1,2,3,4,5,6
Date printed 2 July 2022