MW0626 - Organising Midwifery Care: Better Births

What will I learn on this module?

On this module, you will examine the importance of the role of the midwife in ensuring women have a safe and satisfying birth experience reflecting the Quality Maternal and Newborn Care (QMNC) Framework . You will develop and consolidate knowledge of theories and approaches that underpin quality maternal, fetal and newborn care in labour, birth and the early postnatal period. You will critique how this knowledge is used in midwifery practice to assess needs, promote normality, prevent / anticipate complications and make appropriate referrals. At the start of the module you will engage in an exploration of personal, professional, institutional and societal values and beliefs about childbirth. Online activities will enable you to assess your existing knowledge of normal physiological processes, whilst lectures will develop your knowledge of this further and you will apply the relevant different frameworks for understanding birth physiology. Examining the wider context within which intrapartum care takes place will facilitate your engagement with factors that influence the care and support of service users to promote normal processes. This will include subjects such as policy initiatives, debates around place of birth and midwife led care, organisation of care, medical / technocratic and social / holistic approaches philosophies of care and theory of ‘Midwifery Guardianship’. Workshops will focus on key areas to develop and consolidate your midwifery knowledge and skills in supporting normality, identifying complexity and determining appropriate action during labour, birth and the early postnatal period.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and independent study. Seminars will use a range of methods including analysis of clinical scenario’s and engage you in small group discussions to develop your skills in debating the evidence underpinning midwifery care provision. This will help you to focus on your personal development as a future midwife in line with professional requirements outlined in the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code and characteristics of a Northumbria University graduate. Online activities will support your independent learning and preparation for scheduled sessions.

Visiting lecturers with specific expertise in areas of practice will contribute to some of the workshops to support your development of knowledge and skills to underpin your achievement of practice outcomes.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Academic staff delivering the module will guide and support your learning in small groups during identified seminars, workshops and tutorials. Formative feedback will be given by tutors regarding your contribution to specific seminars and peer and self - assessment will be encouraged in a supportive environment. Seminars and small group tutorials will support your academic, personal and professional development and help you to prepare for the summative assessment.

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 consolidate and critique knowledge of theories and approaches that underpin quality maternal and newborn care during labour, birth and the early postpartum period.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

2. You will critically analyse factors that influence midwifery care provision during labour and birth and early postnatal period.

3. You will critically review the promotion of normal processes to support safe and effective midwifery care in labour, birth and early postnatal period.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. You will display the professional values and attributes required of a future midwife relevant to the provision of care and promotion of normal physiological processes in labour, birth and early postnatal period as outlined within the NMC Code.

How will I be assessed?

1. Formative Assessment process:
Tutor feedback regarding your performance and participation in group seminars will give you formative feedback. Self and peer assessment will be encouraged to enable you to reflect on your development towards the requirements of a registered practitioner. Feedback on group tutorials will assist you in preparing for the summative assessment.

2. Summative Assessment process:

You will undertake a written assessment of 3000 words. This will be in the form of an essay in which you will critically examine midwifery practice and address module outcomes.

(MLO – 1-4 )





Module abstract

Organising Midwifery Care: Better Births will support your acquisition of theory and skills to develop your confidence in supporting women to achieve a safe and satisfying birth. Through engaging in range of learning activities such debates, scenario based seminars and practice focussed workshops, you will explore the importance of your role as a future midwife in promoting normal processes in labour, birth and the early postnatal period. Using the five elements of the Framework for Quality Maternal and Newborn Care you will examine the factors that influence women’s experiences and midwifery care provision through the review and critical discussion of a range of evidence including contemporary research. This will involve developing your knowledge of physiology and considering subjects such as concept analysis of normality, competing ideologies of childbirth such as technocratic and humanistic approaches as well as principles of care and specific care practices that facilitate normal processes. You will assess your own learning needs and devise strategies for developing your practice in this care context to enable you to confidently integrate the knowledge and skills you have gained in your current and future midwifery practice.

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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