Module title: Keeping Childbirth Natural and Dynamic

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MID09119
Module leader: Nessa McHugh
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Midwifery and Child Health


2019/0, Trimester 3, 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: Nessa McHugh
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to Los
The theoretical component of your module will initially be taught using a combination of lectures, workshops and Moodle materials.
To facilitate your application of theory to evidence based practice group tutorials, team based approaches and on line learning will be utilised.
The focus of this module is on learning and developing complex midwifery skills which you will not have been in a position to assimilate prior to this module. The learning and teaching methods utilised in this module will enhance your learning through the following strategies:
Technology enhanced learning: Will facilitate your enquiry based learning, information retrieval, information processing and problem solving skills (LO 2, 3, 4 & 5).
Lead Lectures with Supporting Group Work: Will support your professional skills development, evidence based practice and team working (LO 2, 3, 4 & 5).
Group Work and Student Led Seminars: Will support your skills in information retrieval, debate, situational analysis and professional enquiry (LO 1& 6).
Interactive workshops: Will enable you to review your knowledge and apply this to the continued acquisition of skills for practice whilst enabling reflection and debate (LO 3 & 6).
The assessment strategy is designed to enable students to demonstrate key midwifery knowledge, the underpinning evidence base, problem solving skills and critical evaluation of midwifery practice and care management.
Assessment will take the form of an unseen oral examination (pivotal incident review)

Formative Assessment:
Assessment (formative and summative)
The assessment strategy is designed to enable students to demonstrate key midwifery knowledge, problem solving skills and critical reflection on midwifery practice and care management.
Assessment will take the form of a written piece of critical reflection and an unseen oral examination.

Formative: This will be a critical incident review assessed by unseen oral examination which will prepare the students for the summative oral examination.

Summative Assessment:
Critical Reflection assignment: This will enable students to critically reflect on their supported experience of organising and managing a caseload of clients throughout the second eighteen months of their programme. It will enable the students to demonstrate skills of critical reflection and academic writing; and encompasses learning outcomes 2 to 6. Client feedback on the case loading experience will be utilised as part of the written reflection.
Oral Examination (Pivotal Incident Review): This is based on the module content and encompasses learning outcomes 1 to 5. This is a digitally recorded, unseen pivotal incident review which is assessed by midwifery lecturers using the four NMC domains for preregistration midwifery education. This enables the students to demonstrate consolidation of their midwifery programme through application of midwifery theory to a pivotal incident relating to midwifery practice.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 15
Face To Face Tutorial 15
Independent Learning Guided independent study 110
Online Guided independent study 40
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 100 1 - 6 15 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Normal Midwifery Practice
Theories for midwifery practice: Salutogenesis, technocracy and feminism
Examining the parameters of normality
Exploring the evidence base for normal childbirth (antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum)
Reflective practice and supporting skills for normal birth
Multi organisational working and the involvement of the third sector in supporting normal birth
National and international perspectives and comparisons on childbirth (antepartum, intrapartum and [postpartum)
Statutory Midwifery Supervision
Autonomy, statutory supervision and the sphere of professional practice
Statutory supervision, regulation, midwifery rules and codes of practice
Ethics and decision making
Supervision and clinical governance
Leadership and Management
Leadership and management theories
Risk management in the maternity services
Innovation, initiatives and change theory in the maternity services
Case Load Practice and Preparation for Midwifery Qualification
The mother-midwife relationship
Autonomous midwifery and interprofessional relationships within the multidisciplinary team
Personal time management, team working and practice development
Medicines and the midwifery formulary (including the midwives exception list)
Teaching and learning theories – facilitating others to learn
Neonatal resuscitation
Adult resuscitation

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Evaluate the role of the midwife as an expert facilitator of normal childbirth (antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum) and the range of strategies to support normal physiological birth.
LO2: Critically reflect on the socio-political and technological factors that influence childbirth (antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum).
LO3: Evaluate the role of the midwife in the management of childbirth (antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum), within the multidisciplinary team, from a national and international perspective.
LO4: Based on the best evidence evaluate the impact of clinical governance in relation to statutory midwifery in the protection of women and their babies and the promotion of quality midwifery care.
LO5: Critically reflect on and evaluate management and leadership theories, strategies and initiatives which promote innovation in the provision of maternity services including the provision of case hold practice.
LO6: Demonstrate the application of skills to manage personal professional learning, including the support of parents and less experienced students.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
Keeping Childbirth Natural and Dynamic