Core Module Information
Module title: Woman Centred Care and Midwifery Practice (40 credits)

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: MID09127
Module leader: Nessa McHugh
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Midwifery


Description of module content:

10. Description of Module Content
Your module content is divided into the following six key areas:
The mother-midwife relationship
Autonomous midwifery and interprofessional relationships in the multidisciplinary team and third sector to support normal birth
Personal time management, team working, communication skills and practice development
Supervision, revalidation and professional development
Case Load Practice and Preparation for Midwifery Qualification
Normal Midwifery Practice: Examining the parameters and evidence base normal pregnancy and birth
Theories for midwifery practice: salutogenesis, technocracy and feminism
Reflective practice and supporting skills for normal birth
National and international perspectives and comparisons on pregnancy and childbearing
Leadership and Management:
Organisational culture, leadership and change management theories, risk management, needs assessment and clinical governance in the maternity services
Translating research evidence into practice – overcoming barriers to change
Developing and delivering client centred services,
Midwifery Skills for Qualification
EHM CALM, cannulation, suturing, adult and neonatal resuscitation, fetal monitoring and K2, midwifery breech
Maternal and Infant well being
Women and mental health - screening psychological wellbeing, maternal death, palliative care.
Breaking bad news and counselling strategies for loss and bereavement
Moral and ethical issues in challenging circumstances
Child protection and GIRFEC (Getting It Right for Every Child) with a focus on contemporary Scottish, UK and International policy initiatives and legislation
Palliative care
Programme strands
To ensure that you have an educationally integrated programme we have incorporated strands throughout the programme. The strand elements you will be studying in this module are identified below.
Baby Friendly Initiative
Application of knowledge of effective communication to initiate sensitive, mother centred conversations with pregnant women and new mothers.
Emotional wellbeing
Discuss factors which may impact on mental well-being during the perinatal period
Demonstrate knowledge of mental health and illness generally and during the perinatal period
Demonstrate knowledge of client’s rights and treatment options
Recognise level of risks of self-harm and harm to others, including children and health professionals
Have knowledge of specialist services, referral routes and care pathways in local area
Work as part of the multi-disciplinary team and collaborate across agencies
Offer appropriate level of support and intervention based on individual needs
Implement appropriate risk management strategies
Practice within legal, professional, national and local policy frameworks
Support colleagues and participate in clinical supervision
Practice in an anti-discriminatory manner
Medicines Management
Supply and administer medicinal products safely and in a timely manner, including controlled drugs.
Manage professional practice in respect of the law, consent confidentiality, ethics, accountability and documentation
Evidence based practice
You will look at the following areas:
The principles of evidence based practice
Research and clinical governance
Professional issues linked to the provision of evidence based care
Understanding and accessing sources of midwifery evidence and knowledge
The evidence base for infant nutrition and the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative Standards
Communication and interpersonal skill
Be attentive and share information that is clear, accurate and meaningful at a level which women, their partners and family can understand
Protect and treat as confidential all information relating to themselves and their care
Enable women to make choices about their care by informing women of the choices available to them and providing evidence based information about benefits and risk of options so that women can make a fully informed decision
Ensure that consent will be sought from the woman prior to care being given and that the rights of women are respected
Treat women with dignity and respect them as individuals
Work in partnership with women in a manner that is diversity sensitive and is free from discrimination, harassment and exploitation
Provide care that is delivered in a warm, sensitive and compassionate way
Be confident in their own role within a multi-disciplinary / multi-agency team

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Evaluate the role of the midwife in supporting all women and their families to achieve choice, continuity and control during their childbirth experience.
LO2: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the current evidence base for models of maternity service delivery.
LO3: Critically reflect on leadership and change management skills required to ensure quality in midwifery services.
LO4: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of maternity policy creation and implementation.
LO5: Evaluate the role of the midwife in the wider context of multidisciplinary and multi organisational influences on maternal and child health.

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: Nessa McHugh
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
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 1, 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, 2, 4 & 5).
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 1 & 2).
Assessment (formative and summative)
The assessment strategy is designed to enable you to demonstrate key midwifery knowledge, the underpinning evidence base, problem solving skills and critical evaluation of midwifery practice and care management.

Research / teaching linkages
Throughout this module you will be encouraged to access learning resources and utilise appropriate evidence bases for midwifery practice.
You will achieve this by examining the nature of midwifery knowledge and the underpinning sources of evidence, applying it to practice and the acquisition and further development of midwifery skills.
The underlying ethos of the module is for you to critically review and reflect on practice and examine the nature of evidence and authoritative knowledge within midwifery (LO 1 - 5).

Supporting equality and diversity
This module will conform to the Edinburgh Napier university guidelines in supporting you in an inclusive and non-discriminatory manner, taking into consideration diverse student groups. These principles underpin the module content and the philosophy of mindful midwifery care.
You will be encouraged to reflect on your experiences in practice in relation to supporting equality and diversity (LO 1 - 5).

This module will enable you to extend your focus to take into account the relationship between local and national health care needs and responses within a wider global midwifery context (LO 1, 2 4 & 5).

For the purposes of Edinburgh Napier University Academic Regulations this module is a level 9 SNMSC theory module.

Formative Assessment:
Assessment will take the form of a project designed to enable you to explore and critically reflect on an area of professional midwifery practice.
Formative assessment: On line peer reviewed discussion which will enable you to provide and receive feedback on an aspect of your project planning.

Summative Assessment:
Project. This is based upon the module content and encompasses learning outcomes 1 – 5. The project is designed to enable you to demonstrate the consolidation of your midwifery programme through the application of critical reflection and midwifery theory to a professional issue (week 15 trimester 3).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Face To Face Lecture 30
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 30
Independent Learning Guided independent study 200
Online Guided independent study 116
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 100 1,2,3,4,5 30 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 7000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100