Core Module Information
Module title: Management of emergencies during childbirth

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

Module code: MID11114
Module leader: Connie McLuckie
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Midwifery


Description of module content:

The aim of this module is to enable you to critically apply the necessary knowledge and skills in the management of complications that occur in both mother and baby during the childbearing period. During this module you will learn to critically assess evidence based care and apply principles of good practice to the care of women with complex needs. You will learn to appreciate the importance of partnership working with women and the multidisciplinary team .The module content is divided into key areas:
Polyhydramnios, oligohydramnios, bleeding in pregnancy including early pregnancy loss, TOP and fetal malformations,
Malpresentation, malpositioning, multiple pregnancy, interpretation of electronic fetal heart rate monitoring, pre- term labour
Retained placenta, thromboembolism, amniotic fluid embolism, disseminated intravascular coagulation, haemolysis elevated liver enzymes low platelets syndrome, shock
Obstetric Emergencies
Shoulder dystocia, post-partum haemorrhage (PPH) and secondary PPH, cord prolapse, adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation
Sick baby
Respiratory depression & neonatal resuscitation, oxygen therapy, neonatal respiratory problems, neonatal neurological problems, developmental care, temperature regulation problems, working with parents, infant nutrition including breast feeding and how to manage challenges.
Problem solving including the use of women’s stories
Research and evidence including how to source relevant information and understand some of the professional issues for midwives
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, including policies and guidelines around emergencies. You will also critically examine the research and evidence around the management of such emergencies and how to source relevant information such as national guidelines.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
L01. Critically explore the pathophysiology of obstetric complications that occur in both the mother
and baby during the childbirth.
LO2. Examine and discuss the impact of the management of obstetric complications in childbirth using a problem solving approach.
LO3. Critically reflect on the role of the midwife and health professionals within the multidisciplinary
team when dealing with complications around childbirth.
LO4. Critique the patient safety agenda in relation to complex midwifery care
LO5. Critically appraise the evidence around the interventions and treatments used in emergency

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