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HNM701 - The Woman During Pregnancy, Labour and Birth

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):2
EFTSL value:0.250
Cohort rule:

Only available to students enrolled in H676 Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

Unit chair:

Monique Vermeulen





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Theoretical component 96 hours; clinical practicum 156 hours


Classes are conducted at Burwood (Melbourne) and videoconferenced live to other venues.
Cloud (online) teaching methods and independent learning activities require internet access.


Emphasis is placed upon midwifery health assessments incorporating physical, emotional and mental health of the woman and that of the fetus and soon after birth health assessment of the new mother and her infant. The midwife’s responsibilities as a primary health care provider including a referral and collaboration role with other health care professionals are presented, encompassing health promotion and education. Woman-centred is promoted to support individualised care incorporating socio-cultural diversity, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and women from other cultural groups; and supporting the needs of the community related to maternity services.


Assessment task 1: Two online examinations (1000 words) 20%

Assessment task 2: Assignment (5000 words) 50%

Assessment task 3: Examination (2 hours, 2000 words) 30%

Assessment task 4: Clinical assessment: (156 hours) Pass/Fail


Clinical assessment

Satisfactory completion of the Victorian Standardised Clinical Assessment Tool for Midwifery Students (competency based learning), incorporating the National Competency Standards for the Midwife. They include: Abdominal Examination of a Pregnant Woman; Care of the Woman Progressing in Labour; Initial Assessment of the Pregnant Woman; Ongoing Pregnancy Care; Parenting Education for the Woman and her Family and Performing and Interpreting a Cardiotocograph Tracing on a Pregnant Woman. These are pass/fail assessments. Students are required to maintain a Midwifery Portfolio including reflective practice entries and commence Continuity of Care experiences. Students are required to successfully complete practice requirements to support their application to Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for registration as a 'midwife', Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

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