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Unit details

HNM701 - The Woman During Pregnancy, Labour and Birth

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):2
EFTSL value:0.250
Unit chair:

Diane Phillips

Contact hours: Theoretical component 78 hours; clinical practicum 156 hours


Classes are conducted at Burwood (Melbourne) and videoconferenced to other venues.

Cloud (online) teaching methods and independent learning activities require internet access.


Topics to be addressed in this unit include a review of human reproduction, pre-conceptual health, conception, embryology, fetal and placental development, anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, signs and symptoms of pregnancy and physiology of the intrapartum phases of labour. Emphasis is placed upon woman-centred care, the midwife's responsibilities as a primary health provider including a referral role to other health professionals; health promotion and education.


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 (minimum of 10 hours each). 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).

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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