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MID3202 Family Health and Mental Wellbeing in Midwifery Practice

Semester 2, 2019 Online
Short Description: Health & Mental Wellbeing
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 : Graded


Examiner: Joanne Buckley


Pre-requisite: MID3101 and MID3102 and MID3199 and MID3299


This course will enable the student to develop an understanding of the importance of mental health during pregnancy and the impact of mental illness in pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period. Content presented provides students with relevant information surrounding child protection, cultural awareness and safety, legal obligations and cues to identify mental health issues in families and individuals.


This course aims to provide the student with knowledge and skills aligned with family health and mental wellbeing. Mental health disorders will be explored and the impact on attachment, early parenting, the baby and family. The midwives role in assessment and caring for women with a mental illness will be critically analysed. Exploration of maternal infant attachment theories and styles of attachment will occur together with their impact on infant mental health. Pregnancy loss, stillbirth and neonatal death and the impact on the family will also be examined.


On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Explore theoretical constructs and develop knowledge of mental illnesses that can affect women across the childbearing continuum
  2. Analyse theories of maternal infant attachment and develop strategies to promote infant family bonding
  3. Demonstrate evidence based midwifery care strategies for childbearing women who are mentally ill
  4. Assess, plan and evaluate appropriate midwifery care in collaboration with other health care professionals to support women who are experiencing dysfunctional parenting styles
  5. Analyse underpinning theories of grief and loss and apply these understandings when providing counselling support to women who have experienced grief or loss throughout pregnancy
  6. Analyse theoretical constructs of domestic violence and apply these understandings when caring for the woman and her baby
  7. Demonstrate theoretical understandings of the midwives legal and professional responsibilities in relation to care of the woman experiencing a mental illness or domestic violence
  8. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills when discussing care of the woman with a mental illness


Description Weighting(%)
1. Mental health and childbearing 20.00
2. Mental illness in pregnancy and treatments 30.00
3. Severe mental illness 20.00
4. Parenting adjustments 10.00
5. Child protection issues 10.00
6. Counselling 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. (

Australian College of Midwives (ACM). (2013). National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral. . (3rd ed). Issue 2. Australia: ACM.
Bullock, S. & Manias, E. (2017). Fundamentals of Pharmacology 8th edn. Australia: Pearson.
Department of Health. (2018). Clinical Practice Guidelines: Pregnancy Care. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health.
Marshall, J. & Raynor, M. (2010). Advancing Skills in Midwifery Practice. Edinburgh: Elsevier.
Pairman, S., Pincombe, J., Thorogood, C. & Tracy,S. (2019) Midwifery: preparation for practice (4th ed). 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.
Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA). (2006). National competency standards for the midwife. NMBA.
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), (2018) Code of Conduct, NMBA.
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), (2018) ICM Code of Ethics, NMBA.
Queensland Health, (2018). Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Guidelines. Retrieved May 3, 2018, from:

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 50.00
Directed Study 50.00
Online Discussion Groups 20.00
Online Lectures 10.00
Online Tutorials 10.00
Private Study and Assignments 15.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Written Assignment 30 30 16 Sep 2019
Group Work 20 20 18 Oct 2019 (see note 1)
Exam 50 50 End S2 (see note 2)

  1. Students will work in small groups to prepare, present and actively participate in online tutorials. There are marks associated with attending and participating in 8 out of the 12 tutorials sessions. Students will need computer compatibility to use Zoom software and have video and audio enabled so they are visible to the course examiner during the tutorial. . More information will be provided on Study Desk.
  2. This will be a closed exam. Total working time for the examination is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released. Students need to choose their exam centre via UConnect

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no 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 satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that 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 obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into a closed examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  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

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
o 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.
o professional accreditation standards of the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council, (ANMAC)
o comparative activities and performance of Bachelor of Nursing and the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council, (ANMAC).