Core Module Information
Module title: Midwifery care of emergencies around childbirth

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

Module code: MID08118
Module leader: Connie McLuckie
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Midwifery


Description of module content:

The aim of this module is to enable you to apply the necessary knowledge and skills in the management of complications that occur in both mother and baby during childbirth. In this module you will learn to evaluate evidence based care and apply principles of good practice to the care of women with complex needs. You will learn to appreciate the importance of partnership working with women and the multidisciplinary team.

The module content is divided into key areas:

Polyhydramnios, oligohydramnios, bleeding in pregnancy, including early pregnancy loss, termination of pregnancy and fetal malformations

Malpresentation, malpositioning, multiple pregnancy, interpretation of electronic fetal heart rate monitoring (K2), pre- term labour

Retained placenta, thromboembolism, amniotic fluid embolism, disseminated intravascular coagulation, haemolysis elevated liver enzymes low platelets syndrome, shock,

Obstetric Emergencies
Shoulder dystocia, post-partum haemorrhage (PPH) and secondary PPH, cord prolapse, adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Sick baby
Respiratory depression & neonatal resuscitation, oxygen therapy, neonatal respiratory problems, neonatal neurological problems, developmental care, temperature regulation problems, working with parents, infant nutrition including breast feeding and how to manage challenges.
Problem solving including the use of women’s stories
Efficient moving and handling

Patient safety – Implementation of appropriate risk management strategies, communication skills – SBAR, SEWS documentation, multidisciplinary team working

You will also study within this module the principles of medicine administration and the midwives role, including policies and guidelines around emergencies. You will also explore research and evidence around the management of such emergencies and how to source relevant information.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
L01. Describe the pathophysiology of obstetric complications that occur in both the mother and baby during the childbearing period.
LO2. Utilise a problem solving approach in the management of complications of childbearing.
LO3. Examine the role of the midwife and health professionals within the multidisciplinary team in the care of the woman and baby experiencing obstetric complications in childbearing.
LO4. Develop insight into the patient safety agenda in relation to complex midwifery care.

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