This unit focuses on the alterations and changes in the antenatal period, the intrapartum period and the immediate postpartum period, inclusive of the midwifery assessment skills needed to assess and respond to the care needs of the woman and baby. Models of maternity care and the role of the midwife in primary health care will be explored in the context of woman-centred, evidence-based practice. The concept of community engagement will be introduced in this unit as an element of reflective practice and promotion of the common good. The introduction to midwifery unit is required by students to supports their transition from the disciplines of nursing or paramedicine into the midwifery profession by embedding knowledge of the biological and psychosocial changes associated with pregnancy and birth.
The aim of this unit is to introduce students to contemporary midwifery concepts, and to inform their understanding of the roles of the midwife in primary health care.