HSMW612 – Pregnancy and Birth B

Module code
Module title
Pregnancy and Birth B
To apply midwifery knowledge and skills related to physiological pregnancy, labour, and birth required to provide professional, culturally responsive, and evidence-based midwifery care during the normal childbirth experience.
  • HL0901
NZQA Level
Level 6
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
1. Discuss the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy including the foetus and placenta and their inter-relationship.
2. Apply evidence-based knowledge and critical thinking required to provide professional and culturally responsive midwifery care during the normal childbirth experience.
3. Examine the physiology of pain and consider appropriate strategies to work with women/waahine and their pain in labour.
4. Identify the potential for normal processes to be disrupted and analyse the nature of these disruptions, formulating appropriate responses to resolve problems.
5. Apply critical thinking to the management of normal pregnancy and childbirth including accountability for determining and achieving outcomes of midwifery care.
• Physiology of the placenta and foetal growth and development
• Physiology of pregnancy, labour and birth
• Recognising normal physiological processes and progress and common differences related to pregnancy labour and birth
• Physiology of pain and working with the woman/wahine in pain
• Planning, implementing and evaluating midwifery care
• Referral guidelines
• Theory and practice of named midwifery skills
• Documentation and relevant legislation
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.
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.