To analyse the meaning and value of midwifery practice, focusing on the role of the midwife and the development of skills needed to provide effective, holistic, woman-centred care in a dynamic social and professional climate.
To further explore the meanings of pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood from multi ethnic/cultural perspectives and analyse the attitudes, beliefs and value systems of women, midwives and society in relation to effective maternity care.
To critically reflect on the role of professional communication in providing safe and effective care in complex social and clinical settings.
Module learning outcomes
This module will enable the student to:
Critically reflect on the role of professional communication in providing safe and effective midwifery care in more complex social and clinical settings.
Examine differing attitudes, values and belief systems between cultural/ethnic groups in relation to childbirth, parenthood, kinship and social support.
Analyse the socio-political influences upon childbirth in complex situations, the needs and expectations of women and their families, and the provision of maternity care.
Reflect on the skills and abilities required by the student to undertake the role of skilled companionship and examine their own professional developmental needs, when caring for women with complex care requirements.
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Special assessment rules
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Written feedback within the timescale specified in the programme handbook.
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Deery, R., Denny, E. and Letherby, G. (2015) Sociology for Midwives. Cambridge: Polity Press
Hunter, B.and Deery, R. (2008) Emotions in Midwifery and Reproduction. Basingstoke, Palgrave MacMillan
Kirkham, M. (2010) The Midwife-Mother Relationship (2nd Ed). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Leap, N. and Hunter, B. (2016) Supporting Women for Labour and Birth. Abingdon: Routledge
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Campbell, A.V. (1984) Moderated Love: A theology of professional care. London, SPCK.