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HSMW762 – Complexity and Diversity in Midwifery Practice

Module code
Module title
Complexity and Diversity in Midwifery Practice
To consolidate and integrate midwifery practice to provide professional midwifery care in partnership with women/waahine experiencing complexity within the childbirth continuum.
  • HL0901
NZQA Level
Level 7
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning 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. Integrate professional and culturally responsive midwifery care in partnership with women/wahine experiencing complexity within the childbirth continuum.
2. Integrate comprehensive evidence-based midwifery care that recognises the woman’s individual circumstance.
3. Demonstrate professional accountability to women/waahine, the midwifery profession and to the wider community that reflects current legislation.
4. Apply effective, professional and therapeutic communication skills when working with the woman/waahine and family/whaanau in complex and diverse situations.
5. Consolidate and integrate planning and decision making into midwifery practice for women/waahine experiencing complexity and diversity within the childbirth continuum.
• Application of principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Tuuranga Kaupapa integrated into practice
• Spectrum of racism (unconscious bias, white privilege, micro-aggressions, covert and overt racism, institutionalized racism)
• Effective partnerships in a complex context
• Informed choice in diverse contexts
• Integration of midwifery knowledge and skill into professional practice in complex contexts
• Analysis and application of research and other ways of knowing into midwifery practice
• Exploring potential differences in practice
• Strategies for self-care within the professional context
• Reflecting on feedback in a professional and constructive manner
• Making midwifery decisions in complex situations, prioritizing care appropriately
• Incorporate legislation and Code of Ethics in practice
• Explore the challenges of accommodating diversity and professional practice
• Dynamics of power relationships
• Strategies to communicate in difficult situations
• Managing conflict
• Professional communication and clinical documentation with women/waahine and colleagues in complex and diverse practice settings
Assessment Criteria
*Clinical Competency Assessment
*Clinical Requirements
*These assessments must be passed to pass the module.

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 the clinical requirements, including evidence of a minimum of 300 clinical hours to be eligible 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.

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