The Work of Birth (11334.1)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
|| UC - Canberra, Bruce
|0.25||6||Faculty Of Health|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Discipline Of Midwifery||Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit|| Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
This unit is co-taught with 11310 The Work of Birth PG.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Analyse and understand midwifery and other theory applicable to women and their babies during and after labour;
2. Apply theories and research to their work with women in labour, during and immediately after birth;
3. Show abilities in forming and maintaining midwifery relationships with women across the spectrum of pregnancy, labour and birth and the early parenting time, using a woman-centred midwifery philosophy; and
4. Meet WIL requirements and satisfactorily document their experiences.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
Prerequisites11333 With Woman With Child.
CorequisitesEnrolment in HLB001 Bachelor of Midwifery.
Incompatible units11310 The Work of Birth PG.
Equivalent units7943 The Work of Birth.
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||01 August 2022||On-Campus||Dr Sally De-Vitry Smith|
|2023||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||31 July 2023||On-Campus||Dr Sally De-Vitry Smith|
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There will also be other set and/or suggested readings associated with the weekly topics, provided through e-reserve as required. In addition, you are encouraged to access up to date information from appropriate midwifery journals such as:
- Birth issues
- British Journal of Midwifery
- Evidenced Based Midwifery
- Health Care for Women International
- Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health
- Maternal and Child Nutrition
- New Zealand College of Midwives Journal
- The Practicing Midwife
- Women and Birth
These and other journals are available through the UC Library and the ACT Health Library
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
General guidelines for a written paper
- Presentation: The paper should be submitted in a word document, with 1.5 line spacing and a normal (2.5 cm) margin on all sides. Pages should be numbered. Font size should be 10 -12 and the Font style used must be clear and easily read.
- Structure: Academic writing style must be maintained throughout the assessments. There are many texts available about organising and presenting papers in the library and online.
- Clarity and Expression: Concepts should be discussed clearly and concisely. Assessments must demonstrate correct grammatical expression and spelling. Poor grammar obscures meaning. It is very useful to ask someone else to proof read your submission to eliminate errors.
- Referencing requirements: Students must use the APA method of referencing throughout their assessments. The following useful resource on referencing is available at: http://www.canberra.edu.au/current-students/canberra-students/student-support/study-skills
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
“Penalties for late submission of assessed work will be applied. Marks will be deducted at the rate of 5% of the value of the assessment item per day it is overdue (including weekends). For example, if an assignment is worth 100 marks, 5 marks will be deducted each day”
Attendance at classes is compulsory in this course, as per the Bachelor of Midwifery curriculum approved by the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (2014). Because we understand that students have multi-faceted lives, seminar absences in the period from the beginning of planned classes until the end of the semester, will be accepted. However, these absences are tolerated based on the expectation that students will seek out information on content and processes which they have missed. If students regularly miss timetabled seminars a 500-word synopsis about their learning on the topic/s of any missed sessions may be required to be submitted. It is your responsibility to inform the unit convener of your absences.
Required IT skills
Students are expected to use the online database DAISY-M. Please speak to the unit convener if you need assistance.
You do not have to purchase texts for this unit but as busy students who are also involved in midwifery practice, you may find it most useful to do so. Texts recommended for the unit will be used throughout the Bachelor of Midwifery course.
Work placement, internships or practicums
Students are required to complete a student placement agreement form to undertake their practice-based work.
This form is available on DAISY.
Students are required to undertake midwifery practice continuity of care experiences this semester. Continuity of care experiences as set out by ANMAC (2014) are based on a student being paired with a minimum of 10 childbearing women across the three years of the Bachelor of Midwifery course. Students are to undertake a minimum of four antenatal visits and two postnatal visits for each woman and is on call for and attends the majority of women's labours.
At UC however, we have set the number of continuity of care experiences at 22 across the Bachelor of Midwifery course. At UC, we appreciate that there are variations between women and between experiences, so each continuity experience may differ slightly and although counted by UC as a continuity experience may not meet the ANMAC standards. At UC and in this semester, we expect a continuity experience to include a minimum of two of the three elements, with the three elements being antenatal care (three antenatal visits), labour and birth care and postnatal care (three postnatal visits). You are required to have at least 10 of your 22 continuity women meeting the ANMAC definition of a continuity experiences, however this can be achieved over the entire degree.
All the midwifery practice you achieve this semester with your continuity work is included in your progress towards achieving midwifery competency and towards achieving the midwifery minimum practice requirements as set out by ANMAC (2014). All practical experiences are counted even though they may not add up to an entire continuity of care experience.
Midwifery continuity experiences both in the community setting and in hospital maternity units are an essential part of the Bachelor of Midwifery. They enable knowledge to be embedded in a practical context using trained preceptors. This experience cannot be attained in any other settings. The control of access to hospital facilities derives from contractual arrangements with ACT Health and other hospitals and the University is obliged to accept the rules and regulations that govern whom they will accept into those premises. It is beyond the University's control to pressure the health facilities to change their acceptability requirements.
The successful completion of the midwifery practice is a mandatory element of this unit and the assessment of the unit. Some or all of the external agencies (eg. hospitals, non-government organisations etc) require a police check prior to permitting a student to undertake the practice. The results of the police check may be used as a basis to refuse access to practice at the external agency. This decision is solely at the discretion of the external agency. Students unable to gain access to midwifery practice at agencies approved by the University are unable to complete the mandatory requirements of the course. In this case the student will receive a NX (fail) grade and will not be eligible for a refund of any fees. If the successful completion of a unit is a mandatory requirement for the completion of a course, an inability to complete the unit means the student is unable to complete the requirements of the course.
Midwifery is a complex course because of both the theory and practice requirements, so please do not remain quiet if you are worried. The Course Convener, the Unit Convener, and your midwifery mentor are here to help you. We want you to become useful and connected midwives by learning in a supported environment, so please let us know if you feel very challenged. Most things can be sorted out quickly and easily if we know. We will also help with more complex issues.
Announcements made at seminars are deemed to be made to the whole group. Important announcements will be repeated on the unit website. Please check the ‘The Work of Birth' website at http://learnonline.canberra.edu.au/ for messages at least weekly.
The Midwifery Practice Room (10A2) is available for students to use when it is not in use for timetabled classes.