Module title: Evaluating the Evidence Base for Normal Labour and Birth

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MID11110
Module leader: Margaret Moran
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Midwifery and Child Health


2019/0, Trimester 2, Blended,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Blended
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Margaret Moran
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to LOs
The theoretical content of the module will be delivered using a combination of lectures and Moodle materials (LO1– 4).To facilitate the application of theory to evidence based practice, group tutorials, team based approaches, including practical workshops will be utilised (LO1- 4).
Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
These skills will be enhanced by the content, teaching approaches and learning activities embedded in the module. These opportunities will promote the development of your practical, interpersonal, communication (written and oral), information retrieval, team working and time management skills.
Research / teaching linkages
Throughout this module you will be encouraged to access library resources, and seek an appropriate evidence base for midwifery practice.
This is achieved by examining the nature of evidence, applying it to practice and the acquisition of new midwifery skills

Supporting equality and diversity
This module will conform to Edinburgh Napier University guidelines in supporting students in an inclusive and non-discriminatory manner, taking into consideration diverse student groups. These principles underpin the module content and the philosophy of midwifery care.
This module will enable midwives to extend their focus to one which takes into account the relationship between local and national health care needs and responses within a wider global context

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment
This module will be supported by Moodle where you can access information on writing a case study at level 11. In weeks 5-11 you will submit a plan for your assessment and receive feedback and guidance. This will support you for your summative assessment.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment will be in the form of an evidence based case study (LO 1- 4). The case study submitted in week 14/15 will assess your knowledge of anatomy and physiological changes, and evidence based midwifery care in relation to labour and birth (LO 1-4).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 30
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 6
Online Lecture 12
Online Guided independent study 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 140
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 100 1,2,3,4 15 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3.500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

During this module you will critically explore your knowledge and caring skills in relation to labour and birth. You will develop knowledge of the anatomical, physiological and psychological adaptations of both the mother and baby during labour and birth. You will learn to identify evidence based informed care appropriate to the individual needs of each woman and her baby working within the multidisciplinary team .This module is divided into key areas:
Anatomy and physiology
Applied to all stages of labour and birth
1st stage of labour
Care of a woman and her family/midwives role
Introduction to fetal heart rate monitoring
Pain relief in labour/ Complementary therapies
Positions in labour
Fetal circulation/physiological adaptation of the newborn
2nd stage of labour
Care of a woman and her family/midwives role
Administration of intravenous therapy
Injection technique
Vaginal examinations
Procedures and practical skills in midwifery – episiotomy, suturing and care of the perineum
Introduction to pre-operative and post-operative care
Introduction to the operating theatre environment

3rd stage of labour
Examination of the placenta
Care of a woman and her family/midwives role
Neonatal care
Care of the neonate at birth and in the initial postnatal period/midwives role
Neonatal resuscitation
Programme strands:
Also included in this module:
Critical appraisal of the research evidence and ethics around labour and birth
Examination preparation workshop (academic development)
Working within a multidisciplinary team
Clinical skills for midwives for labour and birth
Patient safety agenda
Pharmacology and medicine management

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Identify the maternal anatomical and physiological changes that occur during
normal labour and birth.
LO2: Critically examine the holistic elements of woman-centred supportive midwifery care during labour and birth.
LO3: Explore the physiological adaptations that occur in the new-born during the transition to extra uterine life.
LO4: Critically analyse the importance of working in partnership between the woman and the midwife.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MID11110 Evaluating the Evidence base for Normal Labour and Birth