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MID2399 Midwifery Practice 3

Semester 1, 2019 External
Short Description: Midwifery Practice 3
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: Helen Funk


Pre-requisite: MID2199 and MID2299


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 apply midwifery principles when providing collaborative care for women during induction of labour. Further, students will develop skills to evaluate maternal and infant wellbeing at birth, postnatally and assist with the initiation of breastfeeding. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to work with a midwife in a midwifery clinical setting, providing care for women throughout labour and birth. This course enables the student to blend foundational knowledge with critical thinking and professional reflection.


This course enables students to provide midwifery care as a primary carer to strengthen midwifery skills when supporting women and their families during labour and birth. In this course students will demonstrate assessment skills, critical thinking, reflection and the ability to prioritise labour and birth care within a woman-centred partnership model of care. Students will further develop clinical skills in providing non-pharmaceutical, physiological and psychological labour support. Students will demonstrate ability to perform and interpret the use of cardiotocograph during labour, midwifery labour assessments skills and care of a women as she progresses through labour.


On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate professional conduct exhibiting quality communication skills and evidenced based philosophy to maintain collaborative and supportive relationships with women, their families and health professionals in a culturally appropriate manner;
  2. Apply and integrate theoretical and professional clinical skills of care when admitting a women to the birth environment;
  3. Demonstrates communication and clinical skills in performing and interpreting a cardiotocograph during labour;
  4. Plan, implement and evaluate, in collaboration with the labouring woman, clinical skills to support the progression of labour;
  5. Describe the use of physiological and non-physiological pain management;
  6. Demonstrate cultural awareness and communication skills consistent with a multicultural society.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Admission to birth environment 10.00
2. Intrapartum cardiotocograph 20.00
3. Recognising progression of labour 20.00
4. Working with pain in labour 20.00
5. Vaginal examination 10.00
6. Learning package - Healthy Hearing 10.00
7. 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). (

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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.
National Health and Medical Research Council 2012, Clinical practice guidelines antenatal care: module 1, Australia: Commonwealth of Australia.
RANZCOG Fetal Surveillance Education Program 2015, Fetal surveillance: a practical guide. Australia: RANZCOG.

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.
Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA), (2006). National competency standards for the midwife. Australia: NMBA.
Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA). (2018). Code of professional conduct for midwives. Australia: NMBA.
Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA). (2018). ICM Code of ethics for midwives. Australia: NMBA.
Queensland Health, (2018). Queensland Maternal and Neonatal Clinical Guidelines: Intrapartum fetal surveillance. Brisbane. Queensland Health.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Clinical Experience 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 14 Jun 2019 (see note 3)

  1. Assignment 1: Evidence that All Mandatory Clinical Placement documents (See Professional Practice Experience Handbook) have been successfully updated and submitted to Inplace - No extensions.
  2. Assignment 2: Written assignment, no more than 1000 words. More information will be provided upon commencement of semester.
  3. Assignment 3: Evidence of 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) MID2399 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% for the course.

  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 referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA 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).