Core Module Information
Module title: Promoting continuity of care and carer during the antenatal and postnatal period

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

Module code: MID07121
Module leader: Margaret Moran
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 : professional midwifery practice,academic development,preconception, antenatal,postnatal and midwifery skills for practice You will explore in professional midwifery practice the current models of women centred maternity care, methods of communication and documentation with care planning and needs assessment.This is in relation to contemporary government policies for maternity care. 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 will entail developing your skills in Information retrieval workshop (library).
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,building relationships 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 infant feeding and relationship building.

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. In addition you will gain experience in midwifery skills for clinical practice Including efficient moving and handling, CALM training, midwifery skills for assessing maternal well-being – adult resuscitation, venepuncture, infection control .

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO 1: Outline the accountability and autonomy of the midwife as the lead professional for midwifery care and support of women and newborn infants throughout the continuum of care.
LO 2: Develop awareness of different ways of organising midwifery and maternity care and the potential positive and negative impact of these on safety and effectiveness on women, their newborn infants, partners and families.
LO 3: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of normal changes to anatomy, physiology and epigenetics of the adolescent girl/ woman during the postpartum period.
LO 4: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of changes to psychological, behavioural and cognitive factors during infant feeding and relationship building and the transition to parenthood and positive family attachment.
LO 5: Demonstrate the clinical skills involved in antenatal and postnatal examinations, recognising the relevance of the information obtained.
LO6: Outline national screening and diagnostic tests for women and newborn infants, and associated ethical dilemmas.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 004
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Margaret Moran
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- 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 (LO5). Feedback from your activities will allow you to self- assess and improve your future performance (LO5).
You will engage with underpinning evidence of continuity of both care and carer.

Formative Assessment:
Formative – In week 8 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 (LO5).

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will include two components – In week 14, there will be an hour online class test. 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 necessary to care for women in the antenatal and postnatal period by completion of scenario based activities described in the class test paper (LOs1,2,3,4,6). Component two is an Objective Structured Assessment (OSCA) where you will be observed and assessed on named skills identified in the module descriptor

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 10
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 6
Face To Face Tutorial 8
Independent Learning Guided independent study 176
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Structures Clinical Exam (OSCE) 50 1,2,3,4,6 14/15 HOURS= 01.00
Class Test 50 1,2,3,4,5,6 14/15 HOURS= 01.00
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MID07121 Promoting continuity of care in the ante and postnatal period.