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MID3199 Midwifery Practice 5

Semester 1, 2021 External
Short Description: Midwifery Practice 5
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 : Pass/Not Pass


Examiner: Joanne Buckley


Pre-requisite: MID2399 and MID2499


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 addresses the complexities and increased needs of women in labour. Students will apply midwifery principles when providing collaborative care for women birthing by caesarean section. Students will have the opportunity to work with a midwife in a midwifery clinical setting. This course enables the student to blend foundational 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 to women who have increased needs during labour. Students will employ a holistic approach to assessment and management of women in relation to challenging situations that require intensive midwifery labour surveillance. This course will enable the student to develop skills to care for the woman who has a caesarean section. The student will apply knowledge and critical thinking to assist supporting women and babies during more challenging situations.


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. Compare and evaluate the roles and responsibilities of health professions in a typical interdisciplinary health team when there are increased needs of a woman during labour;
  3. Apply and integrate theoretical and professional dimensions of therapeutic and inter-professional communication when caring for a woman who has had a caesarean section;
  4. Demonstrate fundamental principles associated with drug therapy protocols;
  5. Plan, implement and evaluate holistic practice when managing women and families form diverse cultures;
  6. Analyse legal and ethically issues relating to child safety;
  7. Demonstrate cultural awareness and communication skills consistent with a multicultural society.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Women and babies with increased needs in labour 30.00
2. Care of women following caesarean section 30.00
3. Drug Therapy Protocol 10.00
4. Reflective practice 10.00
5. Learning package (Maternal Basic Life Support) 10.00
6. Community Placement (Antenatal or Child Health) 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Chapman. V., Charles, C 2017, The midwife’s labour and birth handbook, 4th edn, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester.
De-Vitry Smith, S. Bayes, S 2019, Skills for Midwifery Practice, Australia & New Zealand edn, Elsevier, Sydney.
Leap, N. Hunter, B 2016, Supporting Women for Labour and Birth: A Thoughtful Guide, Rutledge, UK.
Marshall, J. & Raynor, M 2010, Advancing Skills in Midwifery Practice, Elsevier, Edinburgh.
Pairman. S, Pincombe. J, Thorogood. C & Tracy. S 2019, Midwifery: Preparation for Practice, 4th edn, Elsevier, Sydney.
Department of Health (2018) Clinical Practice Guidelines: Pregnancy Care. Canberra: Australian Government, Department of Health.

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). (2014). National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral. (3rd ed) Issue 2. Australia: ACM.
Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA). (2018). ICM Code of Ethics. Australia: NMBA.
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). , (2018.) Code of conduct for midwives. Retrieved May 3, 2018, from
Queensland Health. (201(n.d8.) Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Guidelines. Retrieved from
Queensland Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Guideline (QMNCG). (2015). Perineal care. Brisbane: Queensland Government.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Clinical Placement 155.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Submission mandatory documents 1 10 23 Feb 2021 (see note 1)
Written Assignment 1 40 09 Apr 2021 (see note 2)
Midwifery Portfolio 1 50 11 Jun 2021 (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 and confirmation of clinical placement confirmed by the clinical office- submitted to the online submission drop box on StudyDesk. - No extensions.
  2. Assignment 2: Written assignment (1000 words). Further information will be provided once semester has commenced.
  3. Assignment 3. Completion of a Professional Midwifery Portfolio that consists of a) Continuity of Care Experiences; b) Learning Packages; c) Learning Tools; d) MID3299 Interim and Final assessment report and an attendance Report submitted as a portfolio to the submission drop box on StudyDesk. More detailed information will be provided to students once semester has started.

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 clinical 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. 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).

Date printed 18 June 2021