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The Work of Birth PG (11310.1)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Midwifery


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Using a woman centred primary health care approach, this unit will prepare students theoretically to be 'with woman' during a woman's labour and the birth of her baby. Based on a view of childbearing as a normal life event, students will use midwifery and other theory to build a strong basis on which to form relationships with women. Through reflexion the PG student will gain new knowledge to inform their developing midwifery philosophy.

This unit is co-taught with 11334 The Work of Birth.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Provide evidence of in-depth analysis and understanding of midwifery and other theories applicable to women and their babies during and after labour;

2. Critically appraise contemporary research and its application to midwifery work with women in labour, during and immediately after birth; and

3. Reflexively examine and explain the difference between nursing and midwifery philosophies and models of care.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Three hours of seminars, workshops and flexible learning on-campus per week.


11307 With Woman With Child PG.


Enrolment in HLM001 Master of Midwifery Practice.

Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Units

11334 The Work of Birth.

Equivalent Units


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