Module title: Evidence base for normal labour and birth (1)

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

Module code: MID07115
Module leader: Margaret Moran
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Midwifery and Child Health


2020/1, Trimester 2, Blended,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Margaret Moran
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The theoretical content of the module will be delivered initially by using a combination of lectures and Moodle materials (LO1– 4).To facilitate the application of theory to evidence based practice, group tutorials, team based approaches, including practical workshops will be utilised (LO1- 4).

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills
These skills will be enhanced by the content, teaching approaches and learning activities embedded in the module. These opportunities will promote the development of your practical, interpersonal, communication (written and oral), information retrieval, team working and time management skills.

Research/ teaching linkages
Throughout this module you are encouraged to access library resources, and seek an appropriate evidence base for midwifery practice.
This is achieved by examining the nature of evidence, applying it to practice and the acquisition of new midwifery skills.

Supporting equality and diversity
This module will conform to Edinburgh Napier University guidelines in supporting you in an inclusive and non-discriminatory manner, taking into consideration diverse student groups. These principles underpin the module content and the philosophy of midwifery care.

This module will enable you to extend your focus to one which takes into account the relationship between local and national health care needs and responses within a wider global context.

For the purposes of Edinburgh Napier University Academic Regulations this module is a SNMSC Theory Module.

Formative Assessment:
Formative Assessment
This module will be supported by Moodle which will provide you with access (weeks 5-8) to formative assessments in the form of medicine calculations, multiple choice questions and examination questions (LO 1- 4). Immediate feedback from these student directed activities will allow you to self-assess and improve your future performance.

Summative Assessment:
Summative Assessment
Summative assessment will be in the form of an unseen examination (LO 1- 4). The examination in week 14/15 will assess your knowledge of anatomy and physiological changes, and evidence based midwifery care in relation to labour and birth.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 30
Online Guided independent study 24
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Independent Learning Guided independent study 137
Total Study Hours194
Expected Total Study Hours for Module194

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Centrally Time Tabled Digital Examination 100 1,2,3,4 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

During this module you will develop your knowledge and caring skills in relation to labour and birth. You will learn about the anatomical, physiological and psychological adaptations of both the mother and baby during labour and birth. You will also learn to identify evidence based informed care appropriate to the individual needs of each woman and her baby working within the multidisciplinary team .The module is divided into key areas:

Anatomy and physiology
Applied to all stages of labour and birth

1st stage of labour
Care of a woman and her family/midwives role
Introduction to fetal heart rate monitoring
Pain relief in labour/ Complementary therapies
Positions in labour
Fetal circulation/physiological adaptation of the neonate
Emotional care offering appropriate support and intervention as required for the individual

2nd stage of labour
Care of a woman and her family/midwives role
Emotional care offering appropriate support and intervention as required for the individual
Administration of intravenous therapy
Injection technique
Vaginal examinations
Procedures and practical skills in midwifery – episiotomy, suturing and care of the perineum
Introduction to pre-operative and post-operative care
Introduction to the operating theatre environment

3rd stage of labour
Examination of the placenta
Care of a woman and her family/midwives role
Emotional care offering appropriate support and intervention as required for the individual

Neonatal care
Care of the neonate at birth and in the initial postnatal period/midwives role
Neonatal resuscitation
Infant nutrition - introducing the principles and practices immediately after birth that ensure knowledge and practice of the Baby Friendly Initiative enabling women to breastfeed.

Programme strands :
Also included in this module:
Introduction for research evidence and ethics around labour and birth
Examination preparation workshop (academic development)
Working within a multidisciplinary team
Clinical skills for midwives for labour and birth
Patient safety agenda
An introduction into pharmacology and medicine management

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to;
LO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the maternal anatomical and physiological changes that occur during normal labour and birth.
LO2: Outline the key elements of evidence based woman-centred midwifery care during labour and birth.
LO3: State the physiological adaptations made by the baby in the perinatal period.
LO4: Outline the midwifery practices that enhance physiological birth.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MID07115 Evidence base for normal labour and birth