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MID3299 Midwifery Practice 6

Semester 1, 2019 External
Short Description: Midwifery Practice 6
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 or Co-requisite: MID3199


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. This course provides the student with skills to recruit, plan, implement and evaluate continuity of care under the supervision of a midwife in a midwifery clinical setting. This course addresses the woman and newborn baby in relation to challenges during breastfeeding. Students will apply midwifery principles when providing collaborative care of babies who are have common problems associated with breastfeeding or are unwell and requiring treatment. Students will have the opportunity to work with a midwife in a midwifery clinical setting. This course enables the student to blend knowledge with critical thinking and professional reflection.


This course enables students to apply the concepts of holistic and theoretical analysis to provide professional and competent skills when providing care for women as the lead midwifery carer. Students will employ a holistic approach to assessment and management when examining well babies and babies who are unwell and require oxygen therapy and enteral or tube feeding. This course will enable the student to develop skills to care for the mother and baby when the baby is receiving phototherapy.


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. Apply and integrate theoretical and professional dimensions of therapeutic and inter-professional communication when caring for a woman and baby with breastfeeding difficulties;
  3. Integrate and apply knowledge to demonstrate independent and collaborative management practice when examining a newborn baby;
  4. Demonstrate therapeutic and inter-professional communication skills appropriate for interactions with women and their families when a baby requires enteral or tube feeding;
  5. Compare the roles and responsibilities of health professions in a typical interdisciplinary health team when caring for a baby who requires oxygen therapy;
  6. Plan, implement and evaluate holistic practice when caring for a baby receiving phototherapy;
  7. Demonstrate cultural awareness and communication skills consistent with a multicultural society.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Breastfeeding challenges 20.00
2. Examination of the newborn 10.00
3. Enteral/tube feeding a baby 10.00
4. Oxygen therapy for the unwell baby 20.00
5. Phototherapy management for the newborn 10.00
6. Learningpackages:
• Obstetric Emergencies (K2MS)
• Breastfeeding
• Neonatal Examination

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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Chapman,V., Charles, C 2017, The midwife’s labour and birth handbook, 4th edn, Wiley-Blackwell, Chinchester.
De-Vitry. Smith, S. Bayes, S 2019, Skills for Midwifery Practice Australia & New Zealand edition, Elsevier, Sydney.
Leap, N. Hunter, B 2016, Supporting Women for Labour and Birth: A Thoughtful Guide, Rutledge, United Kingdom.
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.
MacDonald, S, Magill-Cuerdin, J & Warwick, C 2017, Mayes Midwifery, 15th edn, Elsivier, New York.
Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia, (2006). National competency standards for the midwife. NMBA.
Pairman, S., Pincombe, J., Thorogood, C. & Tracy,S. (2019). Midwifery: preparation for practice (4th ed) Sydney:, Elsevier.
Queensland Health (2018) Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Guidelines. Retrieved from
Queensland Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Guideline (AMNCG). (2015), Resuscitation: neonatal, Queensland Government, Brisbane.
Queensland Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Guideline (AMNCG). (2015). Breastfeeding initiation. Brisbane: Queensland Government.

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 (1000 words). More details will be provided on StudyDesk once the 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) MID3299 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 all 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
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).