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


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

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