Core Module Information
Module title: Antenatal and Postnatal Midwifery Care

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MID07113
Module leader: Shona Montgomery
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Midwifery and Child Health


Description of module content:

In this module you will develop knowledge and understanding, enabling you to provide women-centred care throughout the preconception, antenatal and postnatal periods.
The module content is divided into six key areas and you will be encouraged and supported to consider the following:

Professional Midwifery Practice:
Models of women centred compassionate midwifery care, methods of communication and documentation with care planning and needs assessment: in relation to contemporary government policies for maternity care e.g. Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC), The Code and Midwives Rules. Throughout all aspects of care you will explore how the rights of women are supported to promote choice, ensure confidentiality and maintain dignity. You will go on to discover how midwifery practice must be diversity sensitive and discrimination free.

Academic development: Information retrieval workshop (library).
You will have an opportunity to explore your personal development through the use of a Personal Development Profile (PDP) and Revalidation. Throughout the module you will build an awareness of the evidence base which underpins all midwifery care.

You will consider the necessary components of preconceptual care and the physical and emotional changes which will occur during pregnancy.

You will explore principles of antenatal care, initial consultation, information sharing, history taking, documentation, maternal mental health and well-being, maternal nutrition, antenatal and newborn screening tests. You will have an opportunity to discuss infant feeding choices in relation to beliefs and social constructs and you will explore the anatomy and physiology relating to lactation. You will also be introduced to The Baby Friendly Initiative 10 successful steps to breastfeeding.

You will explore the theories of postnatal care, normal physiology of the puerperium and postnatal care and cervical cytology. Assessment of ongoing mental health needs and any signs of distress which would require intervention.

Midwifery Skills for Practice:
You will gain experience in efficient moving and handling, CALM training, midwifery skills for assessing maternal well-being – adult resuscitation, venepuncture, infection control - completion of cleanliness champions’ package

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Develop an awareness of the principles of a women-centred approach involved in preconception, antenatal and postnatal care.
LO2: Outline the range of maternal and fetal screening programmes available within the maternity services.
LO3: Describe the clinical skills involved in antenatal and postnatal examinations, recognising the relevance of the information obtained.
LO4: Recognise the roles and responsibilities of the midwife in relation to care provision.
LO5: Outline the principles of the 10 steps of successful breastfeeding and the underpinning evidence for the application of the Baby Friendly Initiative
LO6: Recognise appropriate sources of evidence to support midwifery practice.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2020/1, Trimester 1, Blended,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Kathryn Hardie
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The theoretical content of the module will initially be offered through a combination of lectures and Moodle materials (LOs1, 2, 4, 5, 6).
To facilitate the application of theory to evidence based practice, group tutorials and team based approaches will be utilised. You will also observe and participate in practical workshops in the Simulation and Clinical Skills Centre (LO3).
Feedback from your activities will allow you to self- assess and improve your future performance (LO3).
An information retrieval workshop will enable you to complete the assessment (LO6).

Formative Assessment:
Formative – In week 9 a scenario based clinical assessment will be completed. This will involve you observing, discussing and demonstrating key elements of named skills identified in the module descriptor (LO3).

Summative Assessment:
Summative – In week 14, there will be a 3 hour online examination. This will assess key principles relating to the provision of pre-pregnancy care and support, maternal and fetal screening tests, types of antenatal care and communication skills for antenatal and postnatal care. It will also assess the knowledge and skills necessary to care for women in the antenatal and postnatal period by completion of scenario based activities described in the examination paper (LOs1,2,3,4,5,6).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 42
Online Guided independent study 50
Independent Learning Practical classes and workshops 56
Independent Learning Guided independent study 52
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Digital Examination (not Centrally Timetabled) 100 1,2,3,4,5,6 1 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MID07113 Antenatal and Postnatal Midwifery Care