The Work of Birth (7943.2)
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|Discipline Of Midwifery||Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit|| Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesUpon 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 practice with women in labour, while giving birth and immediately after;
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 women-centred midwifery philosophy; and
4. Achieve a satisfactory practice level.
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
PrerequisitesWith Woman With Child.
Corequisites7942 Growing a Family.
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Pairman, S., Tracy, S., Thorogood, C. & Pincombe, J. (2015) Preparation for practice. 3rd Ed. Sydney, Australia: Elsevier
Coad, J. (2011). Anatomy and physiology for midwives. (3rd ed.). Edinburgh, Scotland: Elsevier Mosby. RG 558.C63 2011
Fraser, D. & Cooper, M. (2009). Myles textbook for midwives. Edinburgh, Scotland: Churchill Livingstone RG524.M98 2009
Johnson, R. & Taylor, W. (2010). Skills for midwifery practice. (3rd ed). Edinburgh, Scotland: Elsevier. RG950.J64 2010
Jordan, S. (2010). Pharmacology for midwives: The evidence base for safe practice. (2nd ed). New York, USA: Palgrave. RG528.J67 2010
Other useful sources
Allen, T., Eby, L., & Malden M. (2007). The Blackwell handbook of mentoring: a multiple perspectives approach. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
Arney, W. (1982). The power and the profession of obstetrics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Bowden, J., & Manning, V. (2006). Health promotion in midwifery: Principles and practice. (2nd ed.). London: Hodder Arnold.
Browning, C.J.,& Thomas, S.A. (2005). Behavioural change: an evidence-based handbook for social and public health. Edinburgh: Elsevier/Churchill Livingston.
Bryar, R., & Sinclair, M. (2011). Theory for midwifery practice. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
Byrom, S., & Downe, S. (2015). The Roar behind the Silence: Why Kindness, Respect and Compassion Matter in Maternity Care, UK: Printer & Martin.
Chester, P. (1997). Sisters on a journey. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.
Coad, J., & Dunstall, M. (2011). Anatomy and physiology for midwives (3rded). Edinburgh: Elsevier Mosby.
Cochard, L. (2012). Netter's atlas of human embryology. Philadelphia, USA: Saunders.
Davies, L., Daellenbach, R., & Kensington, M. (2011). Sustainability,Mmidwifery and Birth. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
Davis, E. (1997). Heart and hands: A midwife's guide to pregnancy and birth (3rd ed). Berkley, California, USA: Celestial Arts.
Edwards, G., & Byrom, S. (2007). Essential midwifery practice: Public Health. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub. Ltd.
England, P. & Horowitz, R. (1998). Birthing from within. Albuquerque, NM: Partera Press.
Fahy, K., Foureur, M. & Hastie, C. (Eds.). (2008). Birth Territory and Midwifery Guardianship. Edinburgh, UK: Butterwork Heinemann Elsevier.
Flint, C. (1986). Sensitive midwifery. London, UK: Heinemann.
Gatford, J., & Phillips, N. (2011). Nursing calculations. (8th ed.). Sydney: Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier Australia.
Gaskin, I.M. (2002). Spiritual midwifery (4th ed). Summertown, TN: Book Publishing Co.
Goer, H. (1999). The thinking woman's guide to a better birth. New York, USA: Berkley Publishing.
Guilliland, K. & Pairman, S. (1995). The midwifery partnership. A model for practice. Wellington, New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington.
Homer, C., Brodie, P., & Leap, N. (2008). Midwifery Continuity of Care: A practical guide, Sydney: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.
Kitzinger, S. (2005). The politics of birth. Edinburgh, Scotland: Elsevier Butterworth Heinemann.
Kirkham, M. (Ed) (2010). The midwife-mother relationship (2nd ed). Basingstoke: Macmillan.
Leap, N. & Hunter, B. (2016). Supporting women for labour and birth: a thoughtful guide. Oxon, UK: Routledge.
Murphy-Lawless, J. (1998). Reading birth and death: a history of obstetric thinking. Bloomington, USA: Indiana University Press.
Nettleton, S. (2006). The sociology of health and illness (2nd ed.). Cambridge, UK: Malden, MA : Polity Press.
New Zealand College of Midwives. (2008). Midwives handbook for practice. Christchurch, NZ: New Zealand College of Midwives.
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (2018). Midwife standards for practice Retrieved on 4th July 2018 from http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/
Noble, C (Ed).(2002). Birth stories. Sydney, Australia: Homebirth Access.
O'Brien, K. (2005). Birth stories. Sydney: Allen & Unwin.
Odent, M. (1995). Birth reborn. London, UK: Blackwelll.
Page, L., & McCandlish, R. (2006). The new midwifery: science and sensitivity in practice (2nd ed). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
Staunton, P., & Chiarella, M. (2013). Law for nurses and midwives (7th ed). Sydney, Australia: Elsevier.
Stewart, M. (Ed). (2000). Pregnancy birth and maternity care: A feminist perspective. Oxford, UK: Elsevier Science.
Tew, M. (1995). Safer childbirth? London, UK: Chapman Hall.
Wagner, M. (1994). Pursuing the birth machine: The search for appropriate birth technology. Sydney, Australia: Ace Graphics.
British Journal of Midwifery
Evidenced Based Midwifery
Health Care for Women International
Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health
MIDIRS Midwifery Digest
New Zealand College of Midwives Journal
The Practising Midwife
Women and Birth
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
General guidelines for a written paper:
Presentation: The paper should be word-processed, with 1.5 line spacing. Each page should have a 2.5 cm margin on all sides. Pages should be numbered.
Structure: Academic writing style must be maintained throughout the assessments. There are many texts available about organising and presenting papers in the library and bookshop.
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 6th method of referencing throughout their assessments. The following useful resource on referencing is available at: https://canberra.libguides.com/referencing
Returning Assessments and Feedback to students: Assessments will be returned electronically via the unit's Canvas site with feedback attached.
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 and Midwifery Board (2013). Because we understand that students have multi-rolled lives, three seminar absences (the equivalent of 3 hours each) 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, they will be expected to write a 500 word synopsis about their learning on the topic/s of any missed sessions (beyond the three) for possible submission to the Unit Convenor/s.
Required IT skills
Students are expected to use the online database DAISY. 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 rquired to complete a student placement form to undertake their practice-based work. This form is available on the unit site of Canvas.
Students are required to undertake midwifery practice in a ‘continuity of care' experiences model this semester. Based on being ‘paired up' with 7 named childbearing women, students undertake antenatal visits, are on call for and attend the women's labours and undertake postnatal visits. There are variations of course between women and between experiences, so each ‘continuity experience' will be slightly different. For the purposes of this semester's requirements, students need to attend 3 antenatal visits for each of the 7 women, 3 postnatal visits for each of the 7 women and attend 5 of the 7 women's labours and births (a minimum for each student in working with 7 women equals 21 antenatal visits, 21 postnatal visits and 5 labours and births). In this semester, progress towards midwifery competency and towards achieving the ‘midwifery minimum practice requirements' is build upon the student's continuity work. A total of 10 continuity experiences are required in the 1st full year of the Bachelor of Midwifery. Seven (7) is the required number of continuity experiences for this unit if 3 have been undertaken in Semester 1.
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 through the use of 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 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.
Students also need to note that the external agency reserves the right to withdraw access to practice at any time prior to or during a placement at the sole discretion of the agency. In these circumstances the same implications noted above will apply.
Students also need to note that the student bears the full risk in relation to loss of access to practice and the University will not be liable if an agency withdraws access to practice because of the actions or omissions of a student.
Discussion of practice experiences on Social Media Networks
Please remember when discussing your experiences in practice you are discussing women's lives. Therefore these experiences must not be discussed on social media networks such as Facebook or Twitter. Doing so breaks the confidentiality agreement by which students are governed when in practice. The appropriate place for discussion related to practice is the classroom setting or the Midspace forum in Moodle. Further information can be obtained from http://www.ahpra.gov.au/ and search for social media document.
As a student enrolled in an approved midwifery program of study the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia will register you for the duration of study and associated practice. Student registration is a National Law requirement, the role of which is to protect the public. You do not need to apply for registration; the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority will work directly with the University of Canberra to register all students who need to be registered. There are no fees for student registration. Further information can be found at http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Student-Registrations.aspx
Midwifery is a complex course because of both the theory and practice requirements, so please do not remain quietly worried. The Course Convenor, the Unit Convenor, 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 Health Resource Centre (HLRC) is located in 12C24. It is a facility designed to enhance the learning and university experience for health students with a particular emphasis on students in their first year. A drop-in service of students helping students is also available. Visit the HLRC Coordinator for more details. The Midwifery Practice Room (10A2) is available for students to use when it is not in use for timetabled classes.