Core Module Information
Module title: Midwifery Care and Management of Obstetric Emergencies

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

Module code: MID08122
Module leader: Shona Montgomery
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 apply the principles of human factors, environmental factors and the importance of strength based approaches when working with colleagues and women and their families

The module content is divided into key areas:

Antenatal: Management of Pre eclampsia ,Eclampsia, Renal Disorders

Multiple pregnancy, interpretation of electronic fetal heart rate monitoring (K2), meconium stained liquor, disordered uterine action, ruptured uterus, operative delivery and caesarean section, care of mother and anaesthetic risk

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

Obstetric Emergencies
Shoulder dystocia, breech, post-partum haemorrhage (PPH) and secondary PPH, cord prolapse, adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Administration of O2 therapy

management of neonatal resuscitation. preterm baby

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, complete Safe medicate , 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
LO1. Describe the pathophysiology of obstetric complications that occur in both the mother and baby during the childbearing period.

LO2. Recognise and apply evidence based practice approaches during the management of obstetric complications.

LO3.Understand the relationship between the midwife and health professionals within the multidisciplinary team, effective team working to ensure safety and quality 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.

LO5. Discuss and understand the principles of medicine administration and the midwife's role

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 3, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Shona Montgomery
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The theoretical learning activities will be facilitated by utilising a blended approach which will include face to face lectures, tutorials and online material available via Moodle. Some tutorials will be delivered online.
You will apply theory to evidence based practice during group tutorials within skills workshops andyou will utilise strength based approaches in the management of
midwifery complications ( LO1-4). This will include a series of simulated clinical scenarios which will facilitate experiential learning working in small teams. You will apply theory to current evidence based practice to gain an understanding of the principles and relationships which are important to effective management during an obstetric emergency situation( LO1-3).
You will continue to develop your knowledge to gain an understanding of pharmacology, the principles of medicine administration in relation to the midwife's role. You will complete safemedicate (LO5).
There will be opportunity for you to give and receive peer feedback during these activities which will allow you to self assess and consider strength based approaches
when working with colleagues.
There will be opportunity to enhance your learning within this module when you participate in an Obstetric Emergency Study Day facilitated by lecturers and clinical staff within the clinical environment. ( LO 2-4).
Throughout this module you will be encouraged to access library resources and utilise current evidence base in relation to the midwifery management and care of women when obstetric complications occur.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment is a mock OSCA which will give you the opportunity to simulate management of midwifery complications and through peer assessment this will allow for immediate feedback which will be used to inform the summative assessment and overall knowledge of the module content.

Summative Assessment:
The summative assessment will be an invigilated OSCA examination and a 500 word report (LO1-4) during Weeks 14/15. This will assess your knowledge and
comprehension of the pathophysiology and midwifery management of childbearing women with complications and care of the neonate with complications which may occur during childbearing. You will complete safe medicate which is an online test that will assess your knowledge and comprehension of medicine administration (LO5). You must achieve a mark of 90% to pass the online Safe medicate test.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 16
Independent Learning Lecture 26
Independent Learning Guided independent study 131
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3.00
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Structures Clinical Assessment (OSCA) 90 1, 2, 3 & 4 14/15 HOURS= 00.30, WORDS= 3500
Class Test 10 5 14/15 HOURS= 01.00
Component 1 subtotal: 90
Component 2 subtotal: 10
Module subtotal: 100

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