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Complex Physiology of Women with Babies PG (8551.2)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Midwifery

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    Syllabus

    Students will explore science's new understandings of maternal and fetal physiology by focusing on recent discoveries about womens anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pathophysiology, and relate this new knowledge to midwifery work. By exploring the intersection of the new physiological understandings with the testing and interventions that accompany the adoption of many new discoveries, the student will investigate the implications for care for women and their babies and families. Discussions will centre around a changing array of topics such as fetal brain development, lactation, labour, genetic modification, hormones, pain, diseases in pregnancy, testing, 'tend and befriend' etc. The student will identify clear strategies using established and emerging theories for keeping women in pregnancy, birth and early parenting as well and safe as possible particularly for women experiencing complexities.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Demonstrate increased assessment skills and knowledge of complex physiology to apply to midwifery practice;

    2. Demonstrate an up-to-date theory base for midwifery work with women in both wellness and in complexity; and

    3. Analyse and synthesise sophisticated clinical findings to develop plans of care in conjunction with the woman, and other health providers as appropriate.

    Contact Hours

    4 days intensive plus online component.

    Prerequisites

    None.

    Corequisites

    None.

    Assumed Knowledge

    None.

    Equivalent Units

    None.


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