Core Module Information
Module title: Providing safe and effective care in childbirth

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

Module code: MID07120
Module leader: Jenny Patterson
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Midwifery


Description of module content:

During this module you will develop the knowledge and skills required to give care to women, birthing persons and their families during birth and the immediate post-partum period. You will learn about the anatomical, physiological, psychological and epigenetic adaptations of both the mother and baby during labour and birth. You will also learn about the significance of providing compassionate evidence-based woman/person-centred care, appropriate to the needs of the woman/person and her baby.
Key areas:
Birth - Anatomy and physiology and its application in labour and birth.
The midwife’s role in caring for of a woman/person and her family. Maternity triage.
Introduction to fetal heart rate monitoring.
Supporting women with the pain of labour.
Movement and positions in labour.
Fetal circulation/physiological adaptation of the neonate.
Giving emotional support to birthing women/persons and their families.
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.
Examination of the placenta.
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/persons to breastfeed.
Programme strands included in this module:
Introduction for research evidence and ethics around labour and birth.
Academic skills.
Working within a multidisciplinary team.
Clinical skills for midwives for labour and birth.
Patient safety agenda.
An introduction into pharmacology and medicines management.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of normal changes to anatomy, physiology, psychology and epigenetics of women/people during birth and in the initial twelve hours postpartum.
LO2: Outline the key elements of compassionate evidence based woman/person-centred midwifery care during labour and birth.
LO3: State the extra-uterine physiological adaptations made by the baby in the perinatal period and conduct the initial newborn examination.
LO4: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the importance of optimising normal physiological processes, supporting safe psychological, social and cultural situations, and working to promote positive outcomes and to anticipate and prevent complications.
LO5: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of pharmacology and the ability to recognise the positive and adverse effects of medicines across the continuum of care.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Connie McLuckie
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
The theoretical content of the module will be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online lectures, and self-directed moodle materials (LO1– 5). You will be asked to learn using pre-recorded materials at times with tutorial discussions taking place following this prior learning. To facilitate the application of theory to evidence based practice, group tutorials, team based approaches, including practical workshops will be utilised (LO1- 5). Throughout the module you will be encouraged to access library resources and seek an 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.

Formative Assessment:
Component 1
You will work in a group to prepare an online collaborative page (wiki) that will address Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that women and their families might ask about their labour and birth experience. You will formulate one FAQ in relation to the topic that you have been assigned and you will work on this with your group and post on your wiki site by week 7.
Component 2
Online examples of medicines calculations

Summative Assessment:
Component 1
Your group will prepare and present an online wiki site that addresses FAQs related to the labour and birth topic assigned in week 3 of the module. You will use an appropriate evidence-base to inform this and will refer to relevant anatomy and physiology, neonatal care and the concepts of empowerment, compassion, dignity and human rights in your responses.
Component 2
Safe Medicate medicines calculations assessment - 80% pass required

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Online Groupwork (Scheduled) 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 152
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 90 1-5 14/15 , WORDS= 2000
Class Test 10 5 14/15 HOURS= 01.00
Component 1 subtotal: 90
Component 2 subtotal: 10
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MID07120 Providing safe and effective care in childbirth