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MID3102 Midwifery Challenges 2 - Neonatal

Semester 1, 2021 External
Short Description: Midwifery Challenges 2
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 060303 - Midwifery
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Jilmy Joy


Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: MID3101


This course will enable students to extend their knowledge of the challenges associated with foetal development, the neonate and aberrant adaptations experienced by newborns. The course addresses key anomalies associated with the neonate and introduce students to global and national strategies to manage or treat neonatal abnormalities to assist students extend their scope of practice.


This course aims to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to assist women who experiences breastfeed challenges. Content will address the numerous variations that can occur pre or post birth such as congenital abnormalities, facial, neural tube and genitourinary defects, and respiratory and cardiac anomalies. Support and treatment modalities will be explored in terms of surgical intervention, and relevant physical strategies, support groups and national and international organisations.

This course contains a mandatory residential school.


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

  1. Compare and contrast global and domestic perspectives of breastfeeding and infant and young child feeding 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. Analyse strategies and techniques to assist women and infants experiencing challenges to breastfeeding;
  3. Explore and examine challenges associated with preterm babies, babies with congenital and neural defects, experiencing metabolic adjustments, alcohol syndromes and disorders, facial anomalies, and pain and other adaptations at birth;
  4. Compare and contrast screening tools used to diagnose abnormalities prior to and post birth;
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of psychological adjustments experienced by parents and families following the birth of a baby with anomalies;
  6. Examine interventions associated with managing babies with anomalies such as surgical interventions and support services;
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of skills needed to provide verbal feedback and support to mothers of babies with anomalies.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Admission of baby to neonatal unit 10.00
2. Challenges to breastfeeding 20.00
3. Feeding techniques 10.00
4. Challenges to adaptations of the baby at birth 40.00
5. Surgical interventions 10.00
6. The role of the midwife to support parents who have sick babies 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Andre, K., Heartfield. M, Cusack. L 2017, Portfolios for Health Practitioners, 3rd edn, Elsevier Churchill and Livingstone, Chatsworth.
Australian College of Midwives (ACM). (2014). National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral. (3rd ed). Issue 2.
Department of Health. (2018). Clinical Practice Guidelines: Pregnancy Care. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health.
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.
International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), (2014), International Code of ethics for Midwives, Retrieved May 3, 2018, from:
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), (2018), Code of conduct for midwives, Retrieved May 3, 2018, from:
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
Group Work 10.00
Online Lectures 10.00
Online Tutorials 10.00
Private Study 13.00
Residential Schools 12.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Res School Attend & Particip 1 1 23 Feb 2021 (see note 1)
Case Study 30 30 10 May 2021
Online Tutorial Discussion 19 19 21 May 2021 (see note 2)
Open Exam - Online 50 50 End S1 (see note 3)

  1. The dates and location of the mandatory residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable ( (12hrs total)
  2. Students will work to prepare, present and actively participate in online tutorials. There are marks associated with attending and participating in 8 out of the 10 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.
  3. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the mandatory residential school, including all the practical skills sessions, in the first week of semester 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 the Residential School attendance and participation students must attend 100% of the Residential School and achieve 100% (mark of 1) for this item. To satisfactorily complete all other assessment items 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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after S1 2021:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must attend and receive 100% for the Residential School attendance and participation and achieve 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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S1 2021 are:
    An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S1 2021:
    Closed Examination: Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into a closed examination

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Normally Deferred and Supplementary Examinations are held in the next Examination period. In S1 2021 selected courses will pilot an early Deferred and Supplementary Examination period held within 30 business days of results release. The list of courses involved can be found at

  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. The dates and location of the mandatory residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable (

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).

Other requirements

  1. The mandatory residential school is generally held as a 1.5 day block, two weeks prior to the commencement of Semester 1 and is held consecutively with the MID3101 Midwifery Challenges 1 – Maternal residential school.

    The dates and location of the mandatory residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable (

Date printed 18 June 2021