Module title: Critiquing Midwifery Practice for Women Centred Care

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 40.00
ECTS credit value: 20

Module code: MID11116
Module leader: Nessa McHugh
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: 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 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 critically review your knowledge and apply this to the continued acquisition of skills for practice whilst enabling reflection and analytical 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.
Assessment will take the form of a systematic literature review designed to enable you to analyse and critically reflect on an area of professional midwifery practice.
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 analysing 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 analyse 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 critically 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 in terms of both care and policy agendas(LO 1, 2 4 & 5).

For the purposes of Edinburgh Napier University Academic Regulations this module is a level 11 SNMSC theory module.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment:
An on line peer reviewed discussion which will enable you to provide and receive feedback on an aspect of your dissertation planning.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment:
Systematic Literature Review. This is based upon the module content and encompasses learning outcomes 1 – 5. The systematic literature review 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 Lecture 30
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 30
Independent Learning Guided independent study 200
Online Guided independent study 116
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Total Study Hours400
Expected Total Study Hours for Module400

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

Description of module content:

In this module you will critique the role of the midwife in providing woman centred care within a multidisciplinary, organisational and policy context .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 for 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 childbirth
Professional, legal and ethical agendas for contemporary midwifery practice and public well being

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. Key reports and developments in relation to service provision. Mentorship

Midwifery Skills for Qualification
EHM, CALM training, cannulation, suturing, adult and neonatal resuscitation, fetal monitoring and K2, midwifery breech

Maternal and Infant Well Being
Maternal death, palliative care, breaking bad news and counselling strategies for loss and bereavement, moral and ethical issues in challenging circumstances.
Concepts of health and wellbeing in relation to the childbirth experience.
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: Critically explore the role of the midwife in supporting women and their families to achieve choice, continuity and control during their childbirth experience.
LO2: Critically appraise knowledge of the current evidence base for models of maternity service delivery.
LO3: Critically reflect on how leadership and change management skills can help to ensure quality in midwifery services.
LO4: Critically evaluate the impact of maternity policy creation and implementation.
LO5: Conceptualise the role of the midwife in the wider context of health and social care.