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Foundations for Midwifery Practice 3: Intrapartum Care - HEA00011C

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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
C Summer Term 2020-21

Module aims

  • To develop the student's knowledge base concerning professional health care in meeting the physiological and psychosocial needs of childbearing women.
  • To enable students to apply knowledge from bio-psycho-social sciences when exploring the normal physiology of childbirth and the support of women in labour.
  • To develop the student's knowledge and understanding of surgical and medical care and its application to midwifery practice.

Module learning outcomes

This module will enable the student to:

  1. Describe the physiology of spontaneous labour.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of analgesia and non-pharmacological coping strategies for labouring women.
  3. Explore the midwife's role in supporting women and their birth partners during childbirth and immediately after birth.
  4. Describe the midwife's role and responsibilities in monitoring maternal and fetal well-being during labour.
  5. Consider the influence of biological, psychological and sociocultural perspectives on childbirth.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of generic care skills and their application to midwifery practice.


Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
Foundations in Midwifery Practice 3
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
Foundations in Midwifery Practice 3
N/A 100

Module feedback

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

Indicative reading

  • Chapman, V. and Charles, C. (2009). The midwife's labour and birth handbook. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Downe, S. (2008). Normal childbirth. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Fraser, D. and Cooper, M. (Eds.). (2009). Myles textbook for midwives. 15th edn. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Holmes, D. and Baker, P.N. (2006). Midwifery by ten teachers. London: Hodder Arnold.
  • Jordan, S. (2010). Pharmacology for midwives: the evidence base for safe practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Johnson, R. and Taylor, W. (2010). Skills for midwifery practice. 3rd edn. Edinburgh: Elsevier.
  • Stables, D. and Rankin, J. (Eds.). (2010). Physiology in childbearing - with anatomy and related biosciences. 3rd edn. London: Elsevier.
  • Walsh, D. and Downe, S. (Eds.). (2010). Essential midwifery practice: intrapartum care. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Walsh, D. (2012). Evidence and skills for normal labour and birth. London: Routledge.

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