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Emergency Management in Midwifery Practice - HEA00139H

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  • Department: Health Sciences
  • Module co-ordinator: Mrs. Rachel Lavelle
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

  • To develop and consolidate the students’ existing skills and knowledge obtained in Stages 1 and 2 and apply this knowledge in relation to the management of midwifery emergencies.
  • Prepare and encourage the student to make professional, independent judgements and develop critical thinking and problem solving techniques in midwifery emergencies underpinned by a sound rationale.

Module learning outcomes

This module will enable the student to:

1. Debate current theoretical principles which underpin practice and apply them to the management of midwifery emergencies.

2. Develop a critical understanding of the professional accountability and responsibility of the role of the midwife in relation to the management of emergencies.

3. Critically analyse the role of the midwife and the multi-professional team in the management of emergencies.

4. Explore the psychological issues specific to the emergency in order to promote a women-centred approach.

5. Enhance student confidence and ability to make clinical judgements when dealing with emergency situations in whatever context or setting it occurs.

6. Critically reflect upon the complexity and uncertainty of midwifery emergencies and how the midwife can support and safely care for the woman and the neonate.

7. Develop skills to resolve situations promptly and effectively and formulate action plans to manage the emergency including in the absence of obstetric and/or paediatric assistance.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback, within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.

Indicative reading

  • Bates K. and Crozier K. (2015) Managing Childbirth Emergencies in the Community and Low-Tech Settings 2nd Ed. London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Billington M. and Stevenson M. (2007) Critical Care in Childbearing for Midwives. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing
  • Boyle M. (ed). (2016) Emergencies around Childbirth-a handbook for midwives (3rd Ed). London: CRC Press
  • Holmes D and Baker P (eds) (2006) Midwifery by Ten Teachers. London: Hodder Arnold.
  • Jordan S. (2010). Pharmacology for midwives - the evidence base for safe practice. 2nd Ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Marshall J. and Raynor M. (eds) (2014) Myles Textbook For Midwives. 16th Ed. London: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Raynor M., Marshall J. and Jackson K. (2012) Midwifery Practice: Critical Illness, Complications and Emergencies Case Book. Maidenhead: Open University Press
  • Stables D and Rankin J (eds) (2010) Physiology in Childbearing. (3rd Ed.) London: Elsevier.
  • Symon, A. E. (2006). Risk and choice in maternity care. Edinburgh: Elsevier.
  • Winter C et al (2012) PROMPT Course Manual 2nd Ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Prress

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