Core Module Information
Module title: Care and examination of the newborn (1) (Revised)

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

Module code: MID07122
Module leader: Kathryn Hardie
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Midwifery

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

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 newborn. You will learn how to assess the well-being of the newborn and apply your theoretical knowledge to identify normal and abnormal findings. The importance of multi-disciplinary team working will be explored, understanding when and how to share information during the referral process.
The module content is divided into key areas:

Newborn: You will explore the physiology, assessment and care of the newborn, the skills required to carry out a Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) will be learned. You will explore the theory of the newborn blood spot screening test and newborn hearing test and metabolic disorders. You will consider the anatomy and physiology of the immune system and immunity, neonatal infection & immunisations, cardiovascular and respiratory problems, thermoregulation, hypoglycaemia, jaundice, low birth weight and transitional care. You will gain an appreciation of newborn brain development and the importance of love and nurture to ensure optimal outcomes. Medicine management will be outlined and applied for newborn conditions.

Newborn Nutrition: You will outline the constituents of colostrum, breast milk and formula milk - encouraging the application of theory to practice through responsive feeding and recognition of effective feeding and breastfeeding (Baby Friendly Initiative, BFI). When additional care is required you will learn the principles of Naso Gastric (NG) feeding.

Family: Transitional care will be explored highlighting the importance of maintaining mother-newborn contact especially when additional care is required. You will discuss the importance of sharing information with mothers and families which is clear and accurate.
Current government policies will be examined in context of the well-being of the mother; newborn and family.

Professional development: You will have an opportunity to explore educational techniques - in particular teaching and learning parental skills. You will learn about clear documentation/record keeping as per The Code (NMC, 2018) with appropriate referral within the multi-disciplinary team. You will also learn about the importance of reflection and how to apply reflective models.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO.1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of anatomy, physiology and epigenetics of the newborn including very early child development.
LO.2 State the daily care needs of the newborn and the supportive role of the midwife during this period.
LO.3 Demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to undertake the Newborn Infant Physical Examination (NIPE).
LO.4. Recognise the implications of infant feeding for maternal and child health and for very early child development which includes identification of additional need when complications arise.
LO.5 Outline the additional care needs when complications arise during: embryology and fetal development, adaptation to life, the newborn, very early child development and transition to parenthood and positive family attachment.
LO.6 Reflect upon and explore your role as NIPE trained practitioner.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 3, 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: Kathryn Hardie
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 14
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 10
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
Portfolio 100 1-6 14/15 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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