MW0518 - Assessment, Screening and Care Planning: Normality and Complexity in the Neonate

What will I learn on this module?

This module addresses the midwifery care of the fetus and the newborn infant. You will enhance your understanding of assessment and develop the skills necessary to evaluate fetal wellbeing and justify care decisions. You will consolidate your understanding of the healthy neonate and progress to understand and evaluate assessment and care requirements for infants with more complex and challenging needs. This is in keeping with the framework for Quality Maternal and Newborn Care for all childbearing women and infants with complications. This will include the pre-term infant, intra uterine growth restriction and the ill neonate. Genomics and other factors that render the fetus and neonate vulnerable will be explored within the context of professional and ethical frameworks. Newborn physical examination skills and understanding will be enhanced, you will be introduced to the Newborn and Infant Physical Examination (NIPE) screening components and rehearse these skills with supervised simulation.

The UNICEF UK Baby-friendly Education Standards will inform this module content. The benefits and challenges of initiating and sustaining lactation and breastfeeding in complex circumstances will be explored and alternative feeding approaches will be debated. You will develop your understanding of the mother –baby relationship and the skills needed to support early motherhood as an essential component of midwifery care.

How will I learn on this module?

Learning on this module will be through participation in lectures, seminars, workshops, simulated skills activity and independent study. You will be guided to learning activities to complete independently in preparation for sessions.

You will engage in student led seminars with the opportunity to consolidate experience and knowledge as more complex aspects of fetal and newborn assessment and care are explored. Opportunities will be taken to reflect on placement learning and facilitate your understanding of the theory –practice relationship.

Access to e-learning resources will enhance the module with an interactive and informative learning experience; these include the NHS Antenatal and Newborn Screening (NSC) e-learning package and NIPE e-learning. The UNICEF Baby-friendly website is an invaluable module resource to support your learning. The module resources will be accessible via the electronic learning platform.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by the module tutors who will guide and support your learning journey through this module. There will be extensive resources available for you to access on-line. There will be opportunities for formative feedback on your participation and progress, peer and self-assessment will be encouraged. Small group tutorials will support your academic and personal and professional development and preparation for the summative assessment.

The university library is a 24-7 service providing electronic access to support on your academic journey.

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?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will demonstrate and apply understanding of the determinants of health and ill health in the fetus and newborn.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
2. You will relate a critical awareness of the evidence which informs the promotion of wellbeing for the fetus and newborn infant.

3. You will identify and discuss the skills necessary to assess, implement and evaluate care for the vulnerable fetus and newborn.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. You will reflect on your professional attributes and ability to provide care in the complex and stressful situations addressed in this module.

How will I be assessed?

You will receive formative feedback on directed study activities and your contribution to discussion and participation in student led seminars. Module tutors will also provide feedback during workshop and simulation activities and direct this to progress in achieving module outcomes. (MLO 1, 2, 3, 4,)

Summative assessment will be an essay of 2500 words which addresses the module outcomes and the accreditation requirements of the UNICEF Baby Friendly award.
(MLO 1, 2, 3, 4)





Module abstract

The QNMC Framework identifies that midwives have a substantial impact on the health and wellbeing of newborn infants, reducing mortality and improving outcomes. This module will equip you to provide effective care for the normal healthy infant and those with complications developing your ability to identify those who may need further intervention and or referral to other professionals. The module will introduce the knowledge and skills required to undertake Newborn and Infant Physical Examination and make use of a range of on line learning resources. The UNICEF UK baby friendly standards are fundamental to neonatal care and as such, the module will address infant feeding in more complex circumstances. The assessment will be an essay which addresses the module outcomes across the remit of fetal and neonatal care and which meets the requirements of UNICEF accreditation for the Midwifery programme.

Course info

UCAS Code B720

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 2021 or September 2022

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Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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