HSMW621 – Complications and Conditions

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Module code
Module title
Complications and Conditions
To demonstrate midwifery knowledge and skills required to provide midwifery care for the woman/wahine and/or baby experiencing health complications and conditions throughout the childbirth continuum, including midwifery management of obstetric emergencies and deviations from normal.
  • 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. Examine the pathophysiology of complications and conditions affecting the childbirth continuum including planning and implementing care for the woman/wahine and/or baby.
2. Identify and examine the impact of deviations, complications or unexpected outcomes on the woman’s experience of childbirth, including the longer-term implications of the baby with additional needs and the unwell newborn.
3. Analyse the diagnosis, referral criteria and management of complications and conditions relevant to the woman/wahine and/or baby.
4. Demonstrate professional communication, documentation, and interprofessional collaboration.
5. Apply relevant research and literature to midwifery care of the woman/wahine and/or baby experiencing complications and conditions.
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.
? Pathophysiology and management of named medical and obstetric conditions and complications affecting the woman/wahine and/or her baby
? Midwifery management of obstetric emergencies and deviations from normal
? Named investigations used for diagnostic purposes
? Referral and interprofessional collaboration and care when the woman/wahine and/or baby is experiencing complications or conditions
? Infant feeding in complex situations including supporting guidelines/frameworks for best practice and application to the baby with special needs
? Epigenetics and the maternal diet
? Evidence-based practice in improving outcomes
? Psychosocial effects to the woman/wahine and whanau of complicated pregnancy and the unwell baby
? Unexpected outcomes, grief and loss
? Ethical implications and culturally responsive midwifery care
? Obstetric emergencies
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.