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MID2199 Midwifery Practice 1

Semester 1, 2019 External
Short Description: Midwifery Practice 1
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : National Priority - Nursing
ASCED code : 060303 - Midwifery
Grading basis : Pass/Not Pass


Examiner: Danielle Gleeson


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BMID
Co-requisite: MID2102


Midwifery practice is an ordered sequence of clinical experiences enabling progressive development and application of evidence-based knowledge for the advancement of clinical skills necessary to deliver effective care. Students will be introduced to midwifery practice principles that focus on the health and wellbeing of childbearing women and their babies. Students will have the opportunity to work with a midwife in a midwifery clinical setting, providing care for women throughout pregnancy labour, birth and the dyad in the postnatal setting.


This clinical practice course enables students to develop beginning clinical midwifery skills and practices related to antenatal assessment, foetal growth and wellbeing, practical examination and history taking. The course has a significant focus on the development of skills for the student to monitor maternal wellbeing, progression of pregnancy and antenatal screening and diagnostic skills.

Students will also develop skills in providing child birth education for the woman and her family. Finally, this course will introduce students to the concepts of reflective practice and life-long learning.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate professional conduct including using effective communication skills and evidence-based philosophy to maintain collaborative and supportive relationships with women, their families and health professionals in a culturally appropriate manner;
  2. Demonstrate competence in assessing optimal foetal growth and maternal wellness in the antenatal setting;
  3. Undertake an antenatal maternal history;
  4. Perform physical antenatal assessments with preservation of the woman’s dignity, confidentiality and in accordance to specific beliefs, customs and culture;
  5. Demonstrate the provision of information to facilitate informed decision-making by woman in relation to choices of models of care;
  6. Plan, implement and evaluate safe childbirth care and education for women and their families;
  7. Demonstrate timely and appropriate antenatal investigations, screening measures and foetal monitoring.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Interpersonal communication 10.00
2. Antenatal assessment 20.00
3. Models of maternity care 20.00
4. Childbirth care and education 20.00
5. Antenatal investigations and screening 20.00
6. Community Placement 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Chapman,V. & Charles, C 2017, The midwife’s labour and birth handbook, 4th edn, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester.
(available as e-book.)
Leap, N. & Hunter, B 2016, Supporting Women for Labour and Birth: A Thoughtful Guide, Rutledge, UK.
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) 2012, Clinical Practice Guidelines Antenatal Care: Module 1, NHMRC, Australia.
Pairman, S, Pincombe, J, Thorogood, C & Tracy, S 2019, Midwifery: Preparation for Practice, 4th edn, Elsevier, Sydney.
De-Vitry Smith, S. Bayes, S. (2019), Skills for Midwifery Practice Australia & New Zealand edition. Sydney, Elsevier.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Australian College of Midwives (ACM). 2013. National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral. Australia, ACM.
Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA), 2006. National competency standards for the midwife. Australia, NMBA.
Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA), 2008. Code of ethics for midwives. Australia, NMBA.
Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA), 2008.. Code of professional conduct for midwives. Australia, NMBA.
Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA), 2010. Professional boundaries for midwives. Australia, NMBA.
Queensland Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Guideline. (2011). Resuscitation: neonatal. Brisbane: Queensland Government.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Clinical Placement 155.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Assignment 1 1 10 26 Feb 2019 (see note 1)
Assignment 2 1 40 26 Apr 2019 (see note 2)
Assignment 3 1 50 10 Jun 2019 (see note 3)

  1. Assignment 1: Evidence that all Mandatory Clinical Placement documents (See Professional Practice Experience Handbook) have been successfully submitted to Inplace - No extensions
  2. Assignment 2: Written assignment (1000 words). More detailed information will be provided on StudyDesk when semester starts.
  3. Assignment 3 Completion of midwifery practice placement and consists of completion of a Professional Midwifery Portfolio and will consist of a) Continuity of Care Experiences; b) Learning Packages; c) Learning Tools; d) Record of Clinical Placement and Attendance Report submitted to e-portfolio and URL to submission drop box on StudyDesk

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the compulsory practice experience. There are no weekly on-campus attendance requirements for this course, however, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To successfully complete the practice experience, students must demonstrate that they have completed the required hours and achieved the NMBA competency standards and clinical assessments. To satisfactorily complete each assessment item students must receive 100% (a mark of 1) for each item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must satisfactorily attend the practice experience, submit all items and achieve 100% (a mark of 1) for each item.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    As P is the only passing grade available for this course, all students who are qualified for a passing grade will be given a grade of P. Other students will be given either a Failing grade or an Incomplete grade.

  6. Examination information:
    NO EXAM: There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    NO EXAM: There will be no deferred or supplementary examinations or assessments.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the APA (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at

  3. Assessment is to be completed during clinical placement hours

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:

  1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
  2. forms part of the Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) and is benchmarked against the
  • internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
  • professional accreditation standards of the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council, (ANMAC).
  • comparative activities and performance of Bachelor of Nursing and the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council, (ANMAC).