Core Module Information
Module title: Complex Care for Women and Newborn Infants (1) (Revised)

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

Module code: MID08124
Module leader: Kathryn Hardie
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 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 key areas:

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

Pre-Conceptual and Antenatal Care
You will have the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the causes of infertility and the impact this has on women’s health. Linking with infertility you will explore issues around surrogacy and fostering which leads on to the importance of history taking, antenatal and newborn screening and referral pathways. You will consider effective communication and working within a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT), polyhydramnios, oligohydramnios, bleeding in pregnancy, including early pregnancy loss, termination of pregnancy and fetal malformations, hypertensive disorders, cervical pathology/cancer, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), anaemias, diabetes, cholestasis, respiratory disease, epilepsy, thyroid disorders, HIV, Group A &B strep, cardiac disease and the skill of carrying out and interpretation of ECG. A/N day care and telehealth.

Intrapartum Complications:
Principles and theories of intrapartum care with women with complex needs including Induction of Labour (IOL) and malpositions. You will learn the skill of cannulation.

Postpartum Complications
Postpartum Infections and complications such as sepsis, mastitis/thrush, vaginal trauma, urinary & faecal incontinence.
When bereavement does occur you will learn the midwifery end of life care for both mother and baby.

Neonatal Complications:
Principles of caring for sick newborn. Establishing effective infant nutrition and supporting the initiation of lactation in more complex scenarios and with newborns with additional care needs (Baby Friendly Initiative, BFI).

Midwifery Practice:
Effective Communication and problem solving within Multidisciplinary Teams. Understanding the principles of Medicines Management.
Fetal monitoring- K2, Electronic Fetal Monitoring.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Consider 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: Identify 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
2023/4, Trimester 1, 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: Kathryn Hardie
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Lecture 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 4
Independent Learning Guided independent study 176
Face To Face Tutorial 8
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 100 1,2,3,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 02.00, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MID08124 Complex Care of Women and Newborn Infants