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Foundations for Midwifery Practice 2: Postnatal Care - HEA00010C

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Ms. Helen Recchia
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
B Spring Term 2020-21

Module aims

  • To develop the student's knowledge base to enable them to meet the physical and psychosocial needs of childbearing women.
  • To enable students to consider the protection and promotion of health for childbearing women and their family.
  • To enable students to apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology when exploring normal adaptation to extrauterine life and care of the neonate.
  • To introduce students to the principles of safe drug administration.

Module learning outcomes

This module will enable the student to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge from the bio-psycho-social sciences that will facilitate the provision of safe and sensitive, woman-centred care and care of the neonate.
  2. Describe the midwife's role and responsibilities in supporting women during the childbirth continuum.
  3. Discuss the nature of the relationship between the woman, her family and the midwife and how this can be developed and strengthened.
  4. Demonstrate a range of skills required to support a women to breastfeed her baby.
  5. Describe normal adaptation to extrauterine life and immediate care of the newborn.
  6. Describe a range of sources of knowledge and evidence that may inform midwifery practice and demonstrate ability to search for research evidence to support midwifery practice.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of procedures for the safe administration of drugs to clients via a range of routes in accordance with NMC guidance and legal requirements.


Task Length % of module mark
1 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
1 hours 100

Module feedback

Students are provided with collective exam feedback relating to their cohort, within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.

Indicative reading

  • Baston, H. and Hall, J. (2009). Midwifery essentials: postnatal care. London: Elsevier.
  • Baston, H. and Durward, H. (2001). Examination of the newborn. London: Routledge.
  • Bowden, J. and Manning, V. (2006). Health promotion in midwifery: principles and practice. London: Hodder Arnold.
  • Brayford, D., Chambers, R., Boath, E. and Rogers, D. (2008). Evidence-based care for midwives: clinical effectiveness made easy. 2nd edn. Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing.
  • Cluett, E.R. and Bluff, R. (2006). Principles and practice of research in midwifery. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Frazer, D. and Cooper, M. (Eds.). (2009). Myles textbook for midwives. 15th edn. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.
  • Hale, T.W. (2002). Medications & mothers' milk. 10th edn. Amarillo, Texas, USA: Pharmasoft Publishing.
  • Helman, C. (2007). Culture health and illness. 5th edn. London: Hodder Arnold.
  • Jordan, J. (2001). Pharmacology for midwives. Basingstoke: Macmillan Publishers.
  • Page. L. and McCandlish, R. (2006). The new midwifery: science and sensitivity in practice. Philadelphia: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.
  • Raynor, M. and England, C. (2010). Psychology for midwives: pregnancy, childbirth and puerperium. New York: Open University Press.
  • Renfrew, M. et al. (2004). Bestfeeding. USA: Celestial Arts.

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