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Women in Labour and Beyond PG (11311.1)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 6
HECS Bands: 1, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Midwifery


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Using a woman-centred approach; this unit uses draws on midwifery, medical, pharmacological and other theory and research to develop consolidate and disseminate students' midwifery knowledge and skills to assist women who are experiencing complexity during labour and in the immediate postnatal period. This unit is designed to assist students form useful midwifery relationships with women in each of the four stages of labour when they require extra midwifery and medical care. Students will undertake work in maternity and community settings to develop midwifery relationships with pregnant women when they and/or their unborn babies require extra midwifery and medical care.

This unit is co-taught with 11298 Women in Labour and Beyond.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Reflexively apply an in-depth understanding of midwifery, medical, pharmacological and other theory to the provision of midwifery care for women and/or babies experiencing complexity;

2. Demonstrate a high level of skill and judgement in applying the complex verbal, non-verbal and written interpersonal communication skills required between midwives and childbearing women, their families, and other health professionals;

3. Show evidence of developing and consolidating an ability to form useful midwifery relationships with women in pregnancy, labour and beyond, including with women and babies who are well and those with complexity;

4. Achieve a satisfactory practice level as evidenced by successful completion of the Progress to Competency document; and

5. Critique and disseminate good quality evidence on complexities women may experience in labour.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Six hours of seminars, workshops and flexible learning on-campus per week and 296 hours practicum.


11295 Women in Pregnancy and Beyond PG.


Enrolment in HLM001 Master of Midwifery Practice.

Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Units

11298 Women in Labour and Beyond.

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