Core Module Information
Module title: Medical Disorders and the Midwife

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

Module code: MID08119
Module leader: Kathryn Hardie
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Midwifery


Description of module content:

The aim of this module is to enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiology of midwifery complications affecting both mother and newborn during the childbearing period.
Your learning on this module will enable you to develop communication and other transferable skills to provide care for both mother and newborn where complications arise. You will learn to work in partnership with women and with other health and social care professionals.
In this module you will develop your knowledge in the following 7 key areas:

Medical Conditions which Impact on Maternal & Neonatal Health
You will develop your knowledge of midwifery care in relation to the following:
Examine the pathophysiology of significant medical conditions in childbearing

Pre conceptual and Antenatal Care
Principles and theories of pre conceptual and antenatal care in relation to complex care.
You will also have the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the causes of infertility and the impact this has on women’s health
The importance of history taking, antenatal and newborn screening and referral pathways.
Effective communication and working within a Multidisciplinary team

Intrapartum Complications
Principles and theories of intrapartum care with women with complex needs.

Postpartum Complications
Postpartum Infections and complications

Neonatal Complications
Principles of caring for sick newborn. Establishing effective infant nutrition and supporting the initiation of lactation (Baby Friendly Initiative)

Midwifery Practice
Effective Communication and problem solving within Multidisciplinary Teams. Utilisation of Situation, Background, Assessment Review (SBAR) approach when assessing maternal well-being in complex care. You will develop understanding of the factors that can effect emotional wellbeing in women with complex needs

Understanding the principles of Medicines Management
Fetal monitoring- K2, Electronic Fetal Monitoring

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Explore the pathophysiology of specific medical complications which may affect childbearing women and their newborn.
LO2: Explore the principles of care using a problem solving approach when supporting women and newborn with complex needs.
LO3: Discuss the role of the midwife in the provision of care for women and newborn when complications arise.
LO4: Discuss decisions made when referring women or newborn to other health or social care professionals.
LO5: Evaluate the evidence base in relation to complex obstetric and midwifery care.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, 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: Shona Montgomery
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to Lo 1-5
Student learning activities will be facilitated through a blended approach. This will include on-line, face-to-face and flexible teaching methods. Skills based workshops (LO1-4). Key lectures will build on existing knowledge. You will engage in experiential learning, group discussions, problem based learning (LO1-3). Feedback from student led activity will allow you to self-assess and improve your own future performance (LO1-5)

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
Employability skills are enhanced by the content, opportunities and learning activities embedded in the module, which provide you with skills relevant to recognition, decision making, planning and implementing appropriate care where there are complex needs.

Research / teaching linkages
You will engage and examine specific evidence based research in relation to complex obstetric and midwifery care throughout the module

Supporting equality and diversity
The module conforms to University Guidelines in supporting you in an inclusive and non-discriminatory manner, taking into consideration diverse student groups.

This module will enable you to access examples of international research, care management delivery and relevant non-UK standards will be included throughout the module.

For the purposes of Edinburgh Napier University Academic Regulations this module is a SCNMSC theory module

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment: online short answer questions will be used to allow you immediate feedback which will be used to inform summative assessment and afford you the opportunity to improve your future performance.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will be a 3 hour unseen examination in week 14 of the module. This examination will consist of written essay questions and multiple choice questions. This will assess your knowledge and comprehension of pathophysiology and management of childbearing complications and care of the neonate with complex needs.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 25
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 20
Online Lecture 35
Independent Learning Guided independent study 117
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 Examination 100 1,2,3,4,5 14 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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