Module title: Midwifery Care of the Newborn and Family

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

Module code: MID07116
Module leader: Kathryn Hardie
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Midwifery and Child Health


2019/0, Trimester 3, Blended,
Occurrence: 002
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 (LO1-4)
To facilitate the application of theory to evidence based practice group tutorials, team based approaches, including practical workshops will be utilised (LO2, 3)
Feedback from your activities will allow you to self-assess and improve your future performance (LO1-4)
Reflective writing workshop will enable you to complete the assessment (LO5)

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 practical, interpersonal, communication (written and oral), information retrieval, team working and time management skills.

Research/ teaching linkages
Throughout this module you will be 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 your practice and the acquisition of new midwifery skills.

Supporting equality and diversity
This module conforms to Edinburgh Napier University guidelines in supporting students 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 midwives to extend their focus and context 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 H&SC theory module

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will take place in week 3 of the module and will take the form a feed-forward group session. You will consider the remit for the summative assessment and create an essay plan which will be reviewed by your peers to confirm alignment with the assessment criteria. The plan will be a maximum of 300 words and include details of the postnatal experience, the chosen model for reflection and identification of practice learning points.

Summative Assessment:
Summative Assessment
Reflective essay – identify an aspect of postnatal care and care planning experienced when completing practice placement then carry out an assessment and evaluation of how care is provided (LO 1-5)( week 14).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 42
Independent Learning Practical classes and workshops 50
Independent Learning Guided independent study 108
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 100 1,2,3,4,5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

In this module you will gain an understanding of the importance of providing evidence based and physiologically appropriate care and management to the mother, baby and family unit. You will learn how to integrate partnership working into midwifery practice.
The module content is divided into five key areas and you will be encouraged and supported to consider the following:
You will explore the physiology, assessment and care of the newborn, newborn examinations, blood spot screening test and newborn hearing test
Infant and maternal nutrition:
You will consider the anatomy and physiology of the immune system and immunity
Constituents of colostrum and breastmilk encouraging the application of theory to practice – Responsive feeding (Baby Friendly Initiative) and recognition of effective breastfeeding
Overview of infant brain development and importance of love and nurture to ensure optimal outcomes.
The importance of informed consent will be highlighted throughout the module. You will consider maternal physical and mental health and well-being before and after birth, cervical pathology, common minor disorders of the puerperium, pre/post-operative care following caesarean section, working as per The Code and an introduction to first aid. You will discuss the importance of sharing information with women which is clear and accurate. The rights of women will be explored and respected with care offered in a warm, sensitive and compassionate manner. Medicine management will be outlined and you will gain an appreciation of the role of the midwife in supporting women to make safe and informed choices regarding medicines throughout pregnancy and beyond.

Environmental – Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) you will recognise factors which may influence the well-being of the mother; newborn and family, teaching and learning a skill, emotional transition to parenting, family planning, parent and child interaction.
You will explore the importance of reflection and reflective models.
Introduction to evidence based practice and professional roles within the multidisciplinary team.
Guidance with regards to documentation/ record keeping as per The Code.
Infection Control and continued support for completion of the Cleanliness Champions package.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Outline the normal physiology of the newborn and the transition to extra-uterine life.
LO2: State the daily care needs of the newborn and the supportive role of the midwife during this period.
LO3: Define the role of the midwife in caring for postnatal women within the home and hospital environment.
LO4: Develop an awareness of the emotional responses/ mental health of women around childbirth.
LO5: Reflect on the exploration of a specific postnatal midwifery care event.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MID07116 Midwifery Care of the Newborn and Family