Midwifery knowledge and practice

  • Role of the midwife

– primary care across the continuum

– maternity (multidisciplinary team) care team

– collaborative practice

– autonomous practice

  • Philosophies of midwifery

– woman centred care

– partnership with women

– continuity of care

  • Psychosocial aspects of childbearing

– key concepts in psychosocial development

– psychosocial alteration and adaptation

  • Anatomical, physiological alterations and adaptations

–  conception, embryology and fetal development

– pregnancy

– childbirth

– postnatal

– lactation

  • Beginning health assessment skills and documentation

– health history taking

– psycho-social assessment

– abdominal palpation

– urinalysis

– documentation

– antenatal screening

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