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MIDW200 Clinical Midwifery Practice 2 ; MIDW216 Midwifery Care of the Birthing Woman

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150 hours of focused learning.

Unit rationale, description and aim

This unit extends and integrates learning through simulation laboratories and supervised clinical practice. The focus is on collaborative midwifery care for women experiencing complications and emergencies. Students will continue to participate in and learn from the Continuity of Care Experiences. This unit is required by students to assist them to develop knowledge and skills regarding complexities in the care of childbearing women.

The aim of this third Clinical Midwifery Practice unit is support students in the application of a clinical decision-making framework to assess, plan, provide and evaluate woman-centred, evidence-based midwifery care of women with complex care needs.

Learning outcomes

To successfully complete this unit you will be able to demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes (LO) detailed in the below table.

Each outcome is informed by a number of graduate capabilities (GC) to ensure your work in this, and every unit, is part of a larger goal of graduating from ACU with the attributes of insight, empathy, imagination and impact.

Explore the graduate capabilities.

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

LO1 - apply legal and ethical frameworks, policies and procedures to competent midwifery care within scope of practice; (GA 3) 

LO2 - use a clinical decision-making framework to assess, plan, provide and evaluate safe, woman-centred, evidence-based midwifery care of women with complex needs, across the childbearing continuum in collaboration with other members of the health care team; (GA5, GA7) 

LO3 - demonstrate safe and effective use of technology in midwifery and obstetric practice; (GA10) 

LO4 - apply a woman-centred approach and effective communication skills in establishing, maintaining and concluding relationships with women during their childbearing journey, particularly for women with complex needs; (GA1, GA9) 

LO5 - reflect on their learning to initiate and evaluate effective learning and self-care strategies for themselves and others in relation to complex care and emergency situations; (GA4) 

LO6 - extend their professional portfolio, demonstrating development towards the NMBA (2018) Midwifery Standards for Practice using examples of skill development and midwifery practice in caring for the woman with complex needs. (GA4) 

Graduate attributes

GA1 - demonstrate respect for the dignity of each individual and for human diversity 

GA3 - apply ethical perspectives in informed decision making

GA4 - think critically and reflectively 

GA5 - demonstrate values, knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the discipline and/or profession 

GA7 - work both autonomously and collaboratively 

GA9 - demonstrate effective communication in oral and written English language and visual media 

GA10 - utilise information and communication and other relevant technologies effectively.

NMBA Midwife Standards for Practice 

NMBA (2018) Midwife Standards for Practice developed in this unit are: 

Standard/Attributes/CriteriaLearning Outcomes

Standard 1: Promotes health and wellbeing through evidence-based midwifery practice 

1.1; 1.2; 1.3; 1.6;  


Standard 2: Engages in professional relationships and respectful partnerships  

2.2; 2.3; 2.7;

LO1; LO2; LO4

Standard 3: Demonstrates the capability and accountability for midwifery practice  

3.1; 3.2; 3.3; 3.5; 3.6; 3.7; 3.8

LO1; LO2; LO5; LO6 

Standard 4: Undertakes comprehensive assessments  

4.1; 4.2; 4.3

LO2; LO3

Standard 5: Develops plans for midwifery practice  

5.2; 5.4 


Standard 6: Provides safety and quality in midwifery practice  

6.1; 6.3; 6.4

LO2; LO3; LO5 

Standard 7: Evaluates outcomes to improve midwifery practice  

7.1; 7.3 

LO2; LO5 


Topics will include: 

Legal and professional practice 

  • Scope of practice 
  • Documentation and use of health informatics and health technology 
  • Consultation and collaboration 
  • Medication knowledge and administration 


Midwifery as primary practice 

  • Care and assessment of women with complex needs: 
  • Variations related to position, lie and presentation of the fetus in utero 
  • Hypertension 
  • Preterm labour 
  • Gestational diabetes 
  • Haemorrhage 
  • Prolonged labour and obstructed labour 
  • Management of life threatening emergencies 
  • Fetal distress 
  • Shoulder dystocia 
  • Cord prolapse 
  • Uterine inversion 
  • Amniotic fluid embolism and coagulation disorders 
  • Eclampsia 
  • Maternal shock and collapse 
  • Procedures 
  • IV infusions 
  • Syringe drivers 
  • MgSO4 
  • Scalp electrode 
  • Fetal fibronectin 
  • Blood transfusions 
  • Speculum examination 
  • ECG 


Midwifery as primary health care 

  • Consultation and referral 
  • Therapeutic and professional communication 


Reflective and ethical practice 

  • Self-care and debriefing strategies 
  • Incorporating evidence-based practice 

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

Modes of delivery in this unit include group learning activities such as skill demonstrations, simulated practice, online classroom, supervisied clinical practice, participation in the the Continuity of Care Experience (CCE) and self-directed study.  Consistent with adult learning principles, the teaching and learning strategies used within these modes of delivery will provide students with foundational knowledge and skills relevant to professional midwifery practice.  These strategies will also support students in meeting the aim, learning outcomes and graduate attributes of the unit and the broader course learning outcomes. Learning and teaching strategies will reflect respect for the individual as an independent learner. Students will be expected to take responsibility for their learning and to participate actively with peers.  


Students undertaking a tertiary qualification need skills to assist them in managing their individual learning. Feedback and effective self-reflection are required to identify what is being done well, what requires additional work and to identify progress toward required learning outcomes. Located in the second year of the programme, this clinical unit assists students to link theory with its application and to build life-long learning skills. Group learning activities are utilised to convey content and central principles while laboratories and simulation deliver interactive learning sessions which assist students to apply theory to clinical practice and build self-reflection skills. The supervised clinical practicum of 120 hours provides a safe environment where students can provide assisted woman-centred care essential for successful graduate practice.   

Assessment strategy and rationale

A range of assessment procedures consistent with University assessment requirements will be used to meet the unit learning outcomes and develop graduate attributes.  


The on-campus assessment will provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate developed skills in the safety of a simulated experience. The continued development of the professional midwifery portfolio will allow the students to showcase their learning experiences (clinical and CCE) in a professional manner ensuring that documentation meets the professional legal requirements for practice experiences. Students must achieve a pass grade in both assessment tasks to pass this unit. 


These assessments are required to build student knowledge and skills which, by the conclusion of this programme, will enable the student to graduate as a safe and effective midwife.   

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Attributes

On-campus Practice Competency 

Enables students to demonstrate competency in professional behavour, communication skills and safe and effective implementation of midwifery skills and knowledge for the woman experiencing birthing complications and emergencies.


LO2, LO4 

GA1, GA5, GA7, GA9 

Professional Midwifery Portfolio 

Enables students to showcase their clinical experiences in a professional manner, inclusive of the Continuity of Care Experience, ensuring that documentation meets the professional and legal requirements for practice. 


LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5, LO6 

GA1, GA3, GA4, GA5, GA7, GA9, GA10

Representative texts and references

Australian College of Midwives [ACM]. (2014). National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral. Canberra: Australian College of Midwives. 


Bryant, B., & Knights, K. (2015). Pharmacology for health professionals (4th ed.). Chatswood,: Elsevier. 


Chapman, V. & Charles, C. (2013). The midwives labour and birth handbook (3rd ed.). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 


Gilbert, E. (2011). Manual of high risk pregnancy and delivery (5th ed.). St Louis: Mosby Elsevier. 


MacDonald, S. & Magill-Cuerden, J. (Eds.). (2011). Mayes’ midwifery (14th ed.). Edinburgh: Bailliere Tindall. 


Marshall, J., & Raynor, M. (2010). Advancing skills in midwifery practice. London: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. 


Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia [NMBA]. (2010). National competency standards for the midwife. Melbourne: Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. 


Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia [NMBA]. (2013). Code of ethics for midwives in Australia. Melbourne: Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. 


Pairman, S., Pincombe, J., Thorogood, C., & Tracy, S. (Eds.). (2015). Midwifery: Preparation for practice (3rd ed.). Sydney: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. 


Reuwer, P., Bruinse, H., & Franx, A. (2015). Proactive support of labour: The challenge of normal childbirth (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 


Stables, D., & Rankin, J. (Eds.). (2010). Physiology in childbearing (3rd ed.). Sydney: Elsevier 


Taylor, B. (2010). Reflective practice: A guide for health professionals: A practical guide (3rd ed.). Maidenhead, N.Y.: Open University Press.  


The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists [RANSZCOG]. (2014). Intrapartum Fetal surveillance; clinical guideline. (3rd ed). East Melbourne: Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists. 

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