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HSMW511 – Introduction to Midwifery Knowledge and Practice

Module code
Module title
Introduction to Midwifery Knowledge and Practice
To explore women’s experience of pregnancy, birth and the puerperium; the philosophy and practice of midwifery in partnership with women/wahine and whanau in Aotearoa New Zealand; and to develop knowledge and awareness of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Te Ao Maori in relation to midwifery in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • HL0901
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate understanding of women’s experience of pregnancy, birth and the puerperium.
2. Discuss the principles and practice of the midwifery partnership and the midwifery scope of practice.
3. Recognise Maaori as Tangata Whenua of Aotearoa, and demonstrate a beginning understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
4. Apply midwifery knowledge and skills to demonstrate understanding of safe and effective midwifery care.
• Women’s experience of pregnancy, birth and the puerperium, exploring women’s choices in childbirth
• The history of midwifery in Aotearoa, definitions of a midwife and midwifery
• Introduction to Te Ao Maaori, exploration of what it means to be Tangata Whenua, and the concept of whaanau
• Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Treaty of Waitangi in relation to midwifery in Aotearoa
• Working with women/waahine and whaanau
• Informed consent, Health and Disability Commissioners Code of Rights for consumers of healthcare
• Concepts of professional midwifery practice - Privacy Act, Principles for health care providers, HPCAA Act, professional communication/appearance, daily practice
• Scope of practice, regulation - Midwifery Council of New Zealand Competencies for Entry to the Register of Midwives; Professional organisation (New Zealand College of Midwives) Turanga Kaupapa Guidelines, New Zealand College of Midwives Standards of Practice.
• Pre-conceptual, antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care of the woman/waahine and newborn
• Clinical observation placement (25 hours). Learning activities in observational clinical placement related to:
o The woman’s experience, in her own context, of pregnancy and birth, becoming a parent, midwifery/maternity care, role of family/whaanau
o The midwifery partnership in practice
Assessment Criteria
The portfolio is comprised of multiple components.
Students need to provide evidence against all learning outcomes, and gain an overall mark of 50% to pass this module
Students must meet all clinical observation requirements, including evidence of a minimum of 25 hours clinical observation to be eligible to pass this module.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
May include: Project-based Learning; Flipped Classroom; Blended Learning; Work-integrated Learning; Inclusive Practices.
Methods may include workshops and practical classes, tutorials, case-based learning, inquiry-based learning, group activities & discussion, supported online learning, e-portfolio, practice simulation.

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