Core Module Information
Module title: Public Health and Social Context of Childbearing

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MID08109
Module leader: Shona Montgomery
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:

The role of the midwife as a member of the multiprofessional team, including voluntary agencies in public health and social inclusion
Culture, gender, class, age, ethnicity & disability, social perspectives & policy, legal implications
Public Health Agenda ( in relation to midwifery practice e.g. breastfeeding )
International policy & perspectives in Childbearing (WHO, UNICEF)
Epidemiology - CEMACH & morbidity/ mortality,
Analysis of social data - International perspective –contrasts & inequalities
Infant and adult nutrition – obesity
Neonatal and Maternal health interventions including national screening programmes
Social Factors impacting on maternal, neonatal mortality, morbidity
Poverty & affluence
Unsupported mothers, teenage pregnancy & older mothers
Child protection
Domestic violence
Substance misuse
Mental Health
Sexually transmitted disease & HIV
Self help groups
Managing Violence & Aggression

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO 1. Discuss the influences of social and public health factors on childbearing outcomes.
LO 2. Examine the effects of social policy on women’s experience of childbearing.
LO 3. Explore the roles and effects of professional agencies, institutions and voluntary groups from a
national and international perspective.
LO 4. Discuss international / national strategies & policy in relation to maternal & infant nutrition and how
this impacts on health.
LO 5. From discussions with service users and user groups demonstrate the ability to effectively utilise
feedback and convey health promotion through parent education strategies
LO 6. Select and use relevant web based information to enhance learning and support the development of
an essay relating to a public health issue.

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