HSMW661 – Pharmacology for Midwifery

Module code
Module title
Pharmacology for Midwifery
To examine pharmaceutical principles, regulatory frameworks, interprofessional relationships and evidence bases that inform medicine management in midwifery settings.
  • HL0901
NZQA Level
Level 6
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
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.
Learning Outcomes
1. Apply critical reasoning and judgement for the use of medication for common disease processes during pregnancy and puerperium.
2. Examine the mechanisms by which pregnancy and pathophysiologic changes in disease processes influence the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and adverse reactions of medications.
3. Outline the significance of laboratory tests and clinical trials in medicine development.
4. Analyse the responsibilities of the midwife in the interprofessional health team as it relates to medicine management.
5. Examine the economic and political controls of pharmacotherapeutics in Aotearoa New Zealand.
• Relate pathophysiology of common disease processes to medicine use in clinical situations
• Theoretical concepts of medicine actions - pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics
• Therapeutic uses of medications in the childbirth year, including contraceptives, antibiotics and opiates
• Medicine development, laboratory tests and clinical trials
• Ethical and legal responsibilities
• Responsibilities of the midwife in the interprofessional health team
• Political and economic influences on pharmacotherapeutics
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.
Learning and Teaching Resource
An extended reading list will be supplied by the tutor at the commencement of the module. This will be updated annually.