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 and Child Health


2019/0, Trimester 3, Blended,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Connie McLuckie
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The theoretical content of the module will be delivered initially by using a combination of lectures and Moodle/VLE materials.
To facilitate the application of theory to evidence based practice group tutorials and team based approaches will be utilised. This includes a series of clinical scenarios where you will be encouraged to work in small groups and apply theory to evidence based practice within a simulated emergency situation (LOs 1-4). There will also be opportunity for you to give and receive peer feedback during these sessions.
Finally to enhance the learning experience within this module you undertake an Obstetric Emergency Study Day facilitated by lecturers and clinical staff within the clinical environment during week 7 (LOs 2-4).

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
These skills will be enhanced by the content, teaching approaches and learning activities embedded in the module. These opportunities will promote the development of your practical, interpersonal, communication (written and oral), information retrieval, team working and time management skills.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will include weekly online MCQ’s, this allows for immediate feedback which affords you opportunity to improve your future performance. You will write and peer assess a clinical exam (OSCE), this will develop the link between practice and theory and aid study for the summative examination. An obstetric emergency study day will also afford the opportunity to practice within a simulated emergency situation

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will be an invigilated unseen examination during week 14/15. The examination will consist of multiple choice and short answer questions (LOs 1-4). This will assess your knowledge of pathophysiology and midwifery management of complications occurring in the woman and baby during childbearing.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 34
Online Lecture 20
Independent Learning Guided independent study 135
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 8
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Centrally Time Tabled Digital Examination 100 1,2,3,4 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MID08118 Midwifery Care of Emergencies Around Childbirth