MW0417 - Introduction to Universal Midwifery Care for Women and Families

What will I learn on this module?

This module will introduce you to the theories, models and concepts which underpin the provision of universal midwifery care.

You will be introduced to the universal care that is provided by midwives; this midwifery provision is to women, neonates, partners, fathers, young adults/adolescents and families at entry to, during, and on exiting the childbirth continuum (SPM 3.11, SPM 3.12.1, SPM 3.12.2, SPM 3.12.3, SPM 3.12.4). This will include principles of assessment and screening (SPM 3.20) and the role of the midwife in providing information and support for example about minor disorders, lifestyle changes during pregnancy and the care needs of the newborn (SPM 4.4.2, SPM 4.4.3). You will also learn about the signs and symptoms of pregnancy, the principles and knowledge to plan care for a woman in labour and the midwife's role in providing care after the birth for women and babies.

Physiological adaptations will be explored, including female and male reproductive physiology, changes in pregnancy, the process of labour and adaptations following birth. You will study the development of the embryo, placenta, fetus and newborn (SPM 3.13.1, SPM 3.13.2 SPM 3.13.3), as well as an overview of body systems, such as the cardiovascular and immune system.

Evidence based practice is central to the provision of midwifery care and the module will develop your ability to identify and use appropriate evidence to support your practice. Equally important will be the recognition of the diverse needs of women, partners and fathers and all topics will be considered with reference to the professional expectations of respect and inclusivity as described in the Code (NMC 2019) and the Future Midwife Standards (NMC 2019). You will study the principles of public health including an understanding of the concept of health and the role of the midwife in promoting health and heathy lifestyle choices and optimising normal processes across the childbirth continuum (SPM 3.5, SPM 3.21).

How will I learn on this module?

On this module, you will learn through a variety of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, seminars and directed learning e.g. on-line activities and workbooks. Practice scenarios which illustrate women’s journeys and use women’s stories will aid in the application of theory. Lectures will introduce key concepts in relation to anatomy and physiology, midwifery assessment, screening and care planning, public health and health promotion. Concepts will then be further explored within seminars and workshops, where you will learn collaboratively with, and from, other students.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The academic staff involved in delivering this module will provide guidance to ensure that you are able to confidently engage with the module content. Learning materials, including directed and e-learning will be made available on the electronic learning platform (eLP). Seminars will form an opportunity for lecturer and peer support and feedback throughout the module. You will also receive formative feedback from academic staff informally during seminars you to review your learning in a safe and supportive environment, and a group tutorial will further support preparation for the module assessment. In addition, the module will be supported by University library staff and resources, including study skills support packages.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

You will be expected to:
Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Develop your understanding of the role of the midwife and of the various care contexts of practice.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of reproductive health and physiology during the perinatal period.
3. Develop an understanding of public health and the role of the midwife in promoting health lifestyle choices.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. Reflect on the midwife’s role in optimising normal physiological processes when working with women and families drawing on appropriate sources of evidence.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Demonstrate an awareness of the knowledge and skills required to plan and provide care which recognises the diversity of women’s circumstances and needs.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:
Ongoing feedback will be available from tutors throughout the module following directed activities such as seminars and following completion of e-leaning activities. Workbooks and sample questions will be used to facilitate formative learning.

Summative assessment:
The summative assessment will be a 90 minute exam, comprising a multiple choice component and short answer questions (100%).
MLO 1,2,3,4 & 5

Feedback through ESAF platform. Group feedback ( ‘was usually answered well’, ‘commonly answered poorly because....’ approach to be used) given on electronic learning platform.





Module abstract

This module will provide the relevant, evidence-based knowledge of anatomy and physiology to enable you to understand the role of the midwife in optimising physiological processes. It will introduce concepts of public health and health promotion in relation to the midwife’s role. The module is a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops, as well as online supported learning which will expose you to women’s journeys and experiences within maternity care. Targeted formative assessment and feedback will prepare you for the summative assessment, and for future learning across the programme.

Course info

UCAS Code B725

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time (45 weeks per year)

Department Nursing, Midwifery & Health

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

Fee Information

Module Information

All information is accurate at the time of sharing. 

Full time Courses are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but could include elements of online learning. Most courses run as planned and as promoted on our website and via our marketing materials, but if there are any substantial changes (as determined by the Competition and Markets Authority) to a course or there is the potential that course may be withdrawn, we will notify all affected applicants as soon as possible with advice and guidance regarding their options. It is also important to be aware that optional modules listed on course pages may be subject to change depending on uptake numbers each year.  

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with possible restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors if this is deemed necessary in future.


Useful Links

Find out about our distinctive approach at

Admissions Terms and Conditions

Fees and Funding

Admissions Policy

Admissions Complaints Policy