MIDW246 - Midwifery Care of the Postnatal Woman and Family

10 cp
Prerequisites
For BMidw students: MIDW127 Foundations in Midwifery
For BMidw (Graduate Entry) students: Nil
Teaching Organisation

This unit will extend foundational knowledge to provide safe, effective culturally appropriate care for women in the postpartum period including exploring human lactation and infant nutrition. The focus will be on the role of the midwife immediately following birth and including the first six weeks of the woman and her baby/ies covering the full scope of midwifery practice as described by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM). The principles of surgical care will be explored in relation to the care of childbearing women. Students will have the opportunity to analyse socio-cultural dimensions related to lactation and nutrition. This unit is required by students to assist their consolidation of midwifery knowledge and skills specifically in relation to evidence-based care for women, babies and their families in the postpartum period.

This aim of this unit is to support students in the development of knowledge and skills regarding the role of the midwife in provision of materal and infant care, immediately following birth and extending to six weeks after birth.