Introduction to Midwifery Online Certificate Course

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The Introduction to Midwifery Certificate course is filled with instruction that will put you on the path to beginning a career as a successful midwife.

Midwifery is one of the oldest professions in the world. The basic role of a midwife is to care for and support pregnant women and their babies before, during, and after giving birth. This course will cover several concepts associated with midwifery, including the history of the profession, how to become a midwife and how to practice as a midwife.

This online course provides students with a comprehensive training program that allows them to study whenever and wherever is convenient. Many enrolled students still work full time and maintain an active lifestyle while pursuing their degrees.

To access the study material for the midwifery course, you will need any device with a valid internet connection. In addition, while you study, you are eligible to receive online support.

What will you learn with our Introduction to Midwifery Online Course:

  • The origin and definition of midwifery
  • The history of midwifery from the ancient to modern times
  • Roles of a midwife
  • The educational requirements to becoming a midwife
  • Qualifying as a midwife
  • Responsibilities of a midwife
  • Midwife practices around the world
  • Women’s rights and birth options
  • The principles of midwifery and cultural awareness
  • Antenatal care and screening
  • How midwives support women through labor and birth
  • The aims of postnatal care as a midwife
  • The importance of breastfeeding
  • Blood pressure monitoring and pre-eclampsia
  • Infection control and hygiene
  • The female anatomy
  • Labor
  • Medications and pregnancy
  • Emergencies and caesarean section
  • Initial baby check and examination
  • Conditions with labor and pregnancy
  • Mental health issues in pregnancy

Introduction to Midwifery Online Course - Requirements

The Introduction to Midwifery Course is delivered 100 percent online 24/7.

To successfully complete this course, a student must:

  • Have access to the internet and the necessary technical skills to navigate the online learning resources
  • Have access to any mobile device with internet connectivity (laptop, desktop, tablet)
  • Be a self-directed learner
  • Possess sound language and literacy skills

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  2. Registered students gain unrestricted access to the Introduction to Midwifery Course
  3. All course material is available online 24/7 and can be accessed using any device
  4. Study online from anywhere in your own time at your own pace
  5. All students who complete the course will be awarded with a certificate of completion

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Introduction to Midwifery Online Course Outline

Module 1: The Origin and Definition of the Word “Midwife”

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the origin of the word “midwife”
  • To gain an understanding of the midwife’s role
  • To become familiar with the day to day tasks of a midwife

Introduction

Midwifery has been one of the world's oldest occupations. A midwife, who is practiced by both men and women, is a person who completes a University course, as well as practical placements, to learn the experience and skills needed to promote and encourage women during childbirth.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Origin of the Term “Midwife”
  • An Overview of the Midwifery Profession
  • Working as a Midwife
  • Basic Training for Midwifery
  • A Day in the Life of a Midwife
  • Considerations before Becoming a Midwife

Module 2: The History of Midwifery from the Ancients to Modern Times

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the midwifery practices of ancient civilizations
  • To learn about the darkest days for practicing midwives
  • To understand how the Renaissance changed the practice of midwifery

Introduction

Midwifery has existed for as long as there has been childbirth. Any midwifery traditions have been relatively unchanged over the decades – even millennia.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Ancient Practice of Midwifery
  • Midwifery in the Middle Ages
  • Midwifery in the Renaissance
  • The 1800’s
  • The Midwives Act 1902
  • Florence Nightingale
  • Midwifery in the 20th Century and Beyond
  • The Public’s View of Midwives

Module 3: Roles and Responsibilities of the Midwife

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the government’s vision for midwifery
  • To learn about the roles midwives play in childbearing
  • To understand how midwives provide physical and emotional support to women

Introduction

Midwives are often depicted as individuals who assist in the delivery of an infant. Midwives, on the other hand, do far more than that. When an expectant mother wishes to have her infant delivered by a midwife, the midwife often becomes the primary point of contact during the pregnancy, childbirth, and the first weeks and months after the child is born.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Vision of Midwifery in the UK
  • Understanding Childbearing
  • Facilitating Childbirth
  • Supporting Mothers Physically and Emotionally
  • Acting as Resource to Women and the Community
  • Education for Midwives
  • Supporting Bereavement

Module 4: Are You Suited to a Career as a Midwife?

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn the basics of what a midwife does
  • To understand the educational requirements for midwifery
  • To understand what type of skills, interests and personalities work best in midwifery

Introduction

This is not a choice of career for everybody, and some people would naturally not be content as a midwife.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Educational Requirements to Become a Midwife
  • Skills, Interests and Personality Qualifications to Become a Midwife
  • Working Hours and Conditions
  • Midwife Responsibilities

Module 5: Qualifying as a Midwife

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the different paths to midwifery
  • To learn about the admission requirements to midwifery courses
  • To learn about what you can expect in shortened courses

Introduction

A person must first apply to become a midwife before serving as one. To work as a midwife in the United Kingdom, they must be registered – and to do so, they must spend several years at university, focusing on their education.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Two Paths to Midwifery in the UK
  • Direct Entry Midwifery Programme Admission Requirements
  • Midwifery Shortened Programs for Registered Nurses
  • Other Requirements to Enter Into a Midwifery University Programme
  • Example of a Typical Three-Year Midwifery Programme
  • Finished with University? There are Still Things You Must Do to Qualify

Module 6: How Midwives Are Educated and Practice Around the World

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the education of midwives in Canada and Australia
  • To learn about the education of midwives in France and the US
  • To learn about the education of midwives in New Zealand and the Netherlands

Introduction

This module will go a little deeper to look at the many ways that midwives are not only trained, but also practiced around the world. Since many UK midwives prefer to serve or volunteer abroad, this summary will provide them with a basic understanding of how their chosen profession is practiced in other parts of the world.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Midwife Education and Practice in Canada
  • Midwife Education and Practice in Australia
  • Midwife Education and Practice in France
  • Midwife Education and Practice in the United States
  • Midwife Education and Practice in New Zealand
  • Midwife Education and Practice in the Netherlands
  • Midwife Education and Practice in Japan
  • Midwife Education and Practice in Sweden

Module 7: Women’s Rights and Birth Options

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn what women’s rights are, within the context of pregnancy and labor
  • To understand how midwives must support these rights, in order to support women
  • To understand a midwife’s rights and how they are associated with women’s rights

Introduction

When a woman is pregnant, she faces a slew of choices, including how she will deliver her child. One of the most important topics of midwifery is advocating for women's rights, including the right to make their own choices regarding their pregnancy and eventual delivery.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Women’s Rights
  • Midwives’ Rights
  • Baby’s Rights
  • Options for Birth in the UK

Module 8: How Midwives Support Socially Disadvantaged Women

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand how socioeconomic disadvantages can affect your patients
  • To understand how socioeconomic disadvantages can affect the babies
  • To learn how to measure the impact of midwifery on public health

Introduction

A research on the treatment that women from lower socioeconomic backgrounds receive during pregnancy was published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2014. According to the findings of this report, these women clearly do not get the same level of treatment as their wealthy counterparts.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Social Disadvantages and Pregnant Women’s Health
  • Social Disadvantage and Infant Health
  • The Role That Midwives Play in the Support of Socially Disadvantaged Women
  • Measuring How Midwives Contribute to Public Health
  • The Six Aims for Improvement in Midwifery

Module 9: Cultural Safety in Relation to Midwife Care

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn and understand the principles of midwifery and cultural awareness
  • To understand the origins of cultural safety
  • To learn how cultural safety fits in with general nursing philosophies

Introduction

As a midwife, they will work with women and families from a wide range of cultural backgrounds, some of which might be somewhat different from the society in which they were raised or adhere.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Principles of Midwifery and Cultural Awareness
  • The Origins of Cultural Safety and Midwifery
  • Cultural Safety and Nursing Philosophy
  • How to Practice Cultural Safety
  • So Why Does Cultural Safety Matter?
  • Cultural Safety and Ethics

Module 10: Antenatal Care and Screening

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about what antenatal care is
  • To learn about the principles of care
  • To learn what happens at various antenatal appointments

Introduction

Antenatal care applies to all of the support a woman provides during her pregnancy; from the moment she discovers she is pregnant until she reaches the hospital for active labor. This treatment is vital because it not only guarantees that mother and baby remain safe during pregnancy, but it also ensures that labor and childbirth go smoothly.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • What is Antenatal Care?
  • Principles of Antenatal Care
  • Beginning Antenatal Care
  • Antenatal Classes
  • Common Antenatal Tests

Module 11: How Midwives Support Women Through Labor and Birth

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the background of midwives supporting women through labor
  • To learn about how you can support your patients with different positions
  • To learn about different ways to support your patients through pain relief

Introduction

In several situations, this will take place in a hospital or birthing center, but in some cases, it will take place at the woman's house or some other location. A midwife should be able to take the lead and support their patients as long as the delivery happens normally and naturally.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • A Brief Background and the Benefits of Midwife Support for Women During Labor
  • What to Do as a Midwife
  • The First Stage of Labor
  • Helping the Patient with Pain
  • The Second Stage of Labor
  • The Birth of the Baby
  • The Third Stage of Labor

Module 12: The Aims of Postnatal Care as a Midwife

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the major aims of postnatal care for new mums
  • To learn about the basics of a postnatal care visit
  • To learn about the physical health of the mother

Introduction

One of several common myths about midwifery treatment is that midwives merely assist in the delivery of an infant and then their job is finished.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Main Aims of Postnatal Care
  • The Basics of a Postnatal Care Visit
  • The Mental Health and Wellbeing of the Woman
  • The Physical Health and Wellbeing of the Woman
  • A Word About Breastfeeding
  • Maintaining the Health of an Infant
  • A Safety Evaluation of the Home

Module 13: The Importance of Breastfeeding

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the benefits of breastfeeding
  • To learn about potential issues in formula feeding
  • To learn about normal breastfeeding practices

Introduction

Breastfeeding is a normal practice, but in many places, it is a contentious and political problem. Breastfeeding is recommended by many governments and medical practices for the first six months of a baby's life. The mother, though, has the final say.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Benefits of Breastfeeding
  • Potential Risks Associated with Formula Feeding
  • How Midwives Can Teach New Mothers about Breast Feeding
  • Providing Information for Families and Communities

Module 14: Blood Pressure Monitoring and Pre-Eclampsia

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the risks for pregnant women who have high blood pressure
  • To understand the different types of high blood pressure that pregnant women can get
  • To learn how high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia is connected

Introduction

One of the leading causes of maternal and infant death is high blood pressure, also known as hypertension.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Risks for Pregnant Women Who Have High Blood Pressure
  • Defining Hypertension in Pregnancy
  • Managing a Woman’s Blood Pressure During Pregnancy
  • Working with Pregnant Women Who Have Pre-Existing Hypertension
  • Working with Pregnant Women Who Have Gestational Hypertension
  • The Basics of Pre-Eclampsia
  • The Treatment of Pre-Eclampsia
  • Complications of Pre-Eclampsia

Module 15: Infection Control and Hygiene

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the general principles of infection prevention and control
  • To understand how to use personal protection equipment
  • To learn about the decontamination of reusable medical equipment

Introduction

Mostly in field of midwifery, a single infection, or germ, will alter the course of both the mother's and the child's lives. Both healthcare staff, particularly midwives, play a significant part in reducing the risk of infection transmission.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The General Principles of Infection Prevention and Control
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Using Personal Protective Equipment
  • Disposal and Safe Handling of Sharps
  • Handling and Disposing of Chemical Waste
  • Managing Bodily Fluids and Blood
  • Decontaminating Equipment
  • Creating and Maintaining a Clean Clinical Environment
  • The Appropriate Use of Indwelling Devices
  • Managing the Accidental Exposure to Blood Borne Viruses
  • Communication and Infection Control
  • Training on Infection Control

Module 16: Collecting Specimens

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about what specimens are collected after birth
  • To learn what those specimens are used for
  • To learn when to collect those specimens and how to store them, if required

Introduction

Midwives are traditionally not interested with surgical practices and often rely on delivering women-centric alternatives to childbirth, focusing on the idea that conception and childbirth are natural processes. This, though, can change slightly after the baby is born.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • What Is Specimen Collection?
  • What You Are Collecting
  • Specimen Collection vs. Delayed Clamping
  • How to Collect Specimen
  • Cord Blood Banks
  • Finding the Right Private Blood Bank

Module 17: Administration of Medicines and Injections

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about different methods and processes involved in supplying medications
  • To understand how to store and transport medicines
  • To learn how to administer medications and injections

Introduction

The Nursing and Midwifery Council monitors midwives in the United Kingdom (NMC). The NMC's mission is to protect the public by advising midwives and nurses on critical professional concerns such as the administration of medications and injections.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Approaching Medicine
  • Basic Guidelines and Responsibilities for Providing and Administering Medication
  • Methods for Supplying Medication
  • Storing and Transporting Medicines
  • Standards for Administering Medicines
  • Injections

Module 18: Venipuncture

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand what a venipuncture is
  • To understand the roles and responsibilities of a midwife performing a venipuncture
  • To learn how to find the necessary equipment for a venipuncture

Introduction

About each day throughout their careers, most midwives will be subjected to venipuncture. Venipuncture, or the act of inserting a needle into a vein, are one of the most frequent treatments that a midwife will undergo and they will be used in a variety of appointments – assuming the patient consents.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Responsibilities of the Midwife in Performing a Venipuncture
  • Anatomy of the Arm and How to Choose the Right Vein
  • Equipment Required for Venipuncture in Adults
  • Completing the Procedure
  • Dealing with Complications

Module 19: The Female Anatomy

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the reproductive organs of a woman
  • To learn about the reproductive cycle
  • To learn about the urinary tract

Introduction

As a midwife, they must be well-versed in female anatomy, including the genital organs and the urinary tract. In addition, they would need to learn how a woman's menstrual cycle functions, how fertilization happens in the womb, and how the infant and placenta blend into the body's organs.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Female Reproductive System
  • The Reproductive Cycle
  • The Urinary Tract
  • The Hormonal Cycle of Women
  • The Placenta
  • The Fetus
  • Weeks 11-20
  • Weeks 21-30
  • Week 30 onwards

Module 20: Labor

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the different stages of labor and what your role as a midwife is with each
  • To understand different methods of giving birth, including different positions
  • To learn about pain relief during labor – both medical and non-medical

Introduction

Many people associate midwives with the women who assist another woman through labor. Of course, this is an incredibly valuable work, but it is not the only one that a midwife does.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Recognizing the Signs of Labor
  • Admission Assessment
  • After the First Check+
  • Medical Pain Relief during Labor
  • Non-Pharmacological Methods for Pain Relief during Labor
  • Positions for Labor and Birth
  • Water Births
  • Instruments of Birth
  • Induced Labor
  • An Overview of the First Stage of Labor
  • An Overview of the Second Stage of Labor
  • An Overview of the Third Stage of Labor
  • Diabetes in Labor

Module 21: List of Abbreviations

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about appointment related terms and abbreviations
  • To learn about record keeping terms and abbreviations
  • To learn about medical terms and abbreviations for birth

Introduction

Any words were certainly more familiar than others. Nonetheless, all of these words are significant because of the roles they perform in midwifery and treatment.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Purpose of Using the Correct Term
  • Finding the Facilities’ List of Terms
  • Appointment Related Terms
  • Record Keeping Terms
  • Medical Terms for Birth

Module 22: Medications and Pregnancy

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn which medications are safe to take during pregnancy
  • To learn which substances should be avoided during pregnancy
  • To gain insight on when to prescribe medications

Introduction

Taking medicine during pregnancy is typically a medical decision taken by individual women in consultation with their health care providers. This decision is critical because, while research has shown that some drugs are safe to use during breastfeeding, there is no definitive word about the long-term consequences of taking medicine while pregnant or immediately after giving birth.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Prescribing Medications during Pregnancy
  • Taking Medication during Pregnancy
  • Vaccinations During Pregnancy
  • Taking Over the Counter Medications
  • How Medications Affect Fetal Development
  • Medications and Birth Defects

Module 23: Communication for Midwives

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the importance of communication
  • To learn about verbal communication
  • To learn about non-verbal communication

Introduction

Communication is an ability that is needed in practically any career path and in life. Communication is highly important in healthcare because very important – and often life or death – choices are taken depending on the frequency of two people's communication.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Importance of Communication
  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Forms of Communication
  • Dealing with Cultural Differences in Communication
  • Using Communication to Solve Conflict

Module 24: Emergencies and Caesarean Section

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the risk factors associated with complications during pregnancy
  • To learn the signs and symptoms of different emergency situations
  • To understand common treatment methods for emergency situations

Introduction

Women who are at higher risk of complications will normally consult with a doctor during their pregnancy, which is a better choice for both them and their children.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Risk Factors for Pregnancy Complications
  • Abruption of the Placenta
  • Placenta Previa
  • Postpartum Hemorrhage
  • Amniotic Fluid Embolism
  • Inversion of the Uterus
  • Infections
  • Psychological Conditions
  • Stillbirth and Intrauterine Death
  • Caesarean Section

Module 25: Birthing Environment and Home Births

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the safety of a home birth versus a hospital birth
  • To learn how to help your patients make an informed decision about their birthing environment
  • To learn overviews of each type of birthing environment

Introduction

Births assisted by a midwife are available in all three conditions. The atmosphere selected is determined by a variety of considerations, including the needs of the mother and infant, the dangers they may pose, and their personal interests.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Safety of a Home Birth Versus a Hospital Birth
  • Making an Informed Decision
  • Giving Birth in a Birth Centre
  • Hospital Birth Environment
  • Home Birth

Module 26: Initial Baby Check and Examination

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the tests that a baby will have, in the moments after birth
  • To learn about the different areas of the body to check, during each examination
  • To understand what signs could indicate a problem

Introduction

One of its most significant responsibilities of a midwife is to protect the baby's wellbeing. This is achieved by conducting a battery of examinations in the minutes and hours after the birth.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Tests That a Baby Has
  • The Details of What a Full Examination Involves
  • Following the Full Examination

Module 27: Conditions with Labor and Pregnancy

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about different medical conditions and how they might affect a labor or pregnancy
  • To understand the importance of working as a medical team, to treat women with medical conditions during pregnancy
  • To understand how certain medical conditions can affect a baby in the womb

Introduction

The majority of women will have a regular pregnancy and childbirth, but others will not. Almost often, women who have complications during their pregnancy and delivery have a medical condition that may have a detrimental effect on their pregnancy and their infant.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Obesity
  • Thyroid Diseases

Module 28: Mental Health Issues and Pregnancy

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about mental health issues and how they affect pregnancy
  • To understand how you can help your patients, during pregnancy
  • To learn how to support your patients, with medication and other treatments

Introduction

Some women may not have any mental health problems during their pregnancy, but certain women will also have a diagnosed mental health problem before becoming pregnant. Women who have had mental health problems in the past and have been treated may be concerned that they may reoccur.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • A Close Look at Mental Health in Pregnancy
  • Women Who Have Had Mental Issues in the Past
  • Treating Mental Health Problems in Pregnancy
  • The Care Team for Pregnant Women with Mental Health Issues
  • Preparing for the Birth of the Baby
  • Depression During Pregnancy
  • Anxiety Disorder During Pregnancy
  • Other Mental Health Disorders 

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete this course, receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Module 1 : The Origin and Definition of the Word “Midwife”

  • To learn about the origin of the word “midwife”
  • To gain an understanding of the midwife’s role
  • To become familiar with the day to day tasks of a midwife
  • To differentiate between the roles and requirements of hospital based midwives and independent midwives

Module 2 : The History of Midwifery from the Ancients to Modern Times

  • To learn about the midwifery practices of ancient civilisations
  • To learn about the darkest days for practicing midwives
  • To understand how the Renaissance changed the practice of midwifery
  • To learn about how modern midwifery came to be

Module 3 : Roles and Responsibilities of the Midwife

  • To learn about the government’s vision for midwifery
  • To learn about the roles midwives play in childbearing
  • To understand how midwives provide physical and emotional support to women
  • To learn about education models for midwives

Module 4 : Are You Suited to a Career as a Midwife?

  • To learn the basics of what a midwife does
  • To understand the educational requirements for midwifery
  • To understand what type of skills, interests and personalities work best in midwifery
  • To learn more about the working hours and conditions of a job in midwifery

Module 5 : Qualifying as a Midwife

  • To learn about the different paths to midwifery
  • To learn about the admission requirements to midwifery courses
  • To learn about what you can expect in shortened courses
  • To understand what you might learn when in university

Module 6 : How Midwives Are Educated and Practice Around the World

  • To learn about the education of midwives in Canada and Australia
  • To learn about the education of midwives in France and the US
  • To learn about the education of midwives in New Zealand and the Netherlands
  • To learn about the education of midwives in Japan and Sweden

Module 7 : Women’s Rights and Birth Options

  • To learn what women’s rights are, within the context of pregnancy and labour
  • To understand how midwives must support these rights, in order to support women
  • To understand a midwife’s rights and how they are associated with women’s rights
  • To understand a baby’s rights and how they are intimately connected with their mother’s rights

Module 8 : How Midwives Support Socially Disadvantaged Women

  • To understand how socioeconomic disadvantages can affect your patients
  • To understand how socioeconomic disadvantages can affect the babies
  • To learn how to measure the impact of midwifery on public health
  • To learn how you can improve your own midwifery practice

Module 9 : Cultural Safety in Relation to Midwife Care

  • To learn and understand the principles of midwifery and cultural awareness
  • To understand the origins of cultural safety
  • To learn how cultural safety fits in with general nursing philosophies
  • To understand why cultural safety matters in a healthcare setting

Module 10 : Antenatal Care and Screening

  • To learn about what antenatal care is
  • To learn about the principles of care
  • To learn what happens at various antenatal appointments
  • To learn about antenatal classes

Module 11 : How Midwives Support Women Through Labour and Birth

  • To understand the background of midwives supporting women through labour
  • To learn about how you can support your patients with different positions
  • To learn about different ways to support your patients through pain relief
  • To learn how to support your patient during the second stage of labour

Module 12 : The Aims of Postnatal Care as a Midwife

  • To learn about the major aims of postnatal care for new mums
  • To learn about the basics of a postnatal care visit
  • To learn about the physical health of the mother
  • To learn about the mental health of the mother

Module 13 : The Importance of Breastfeeding

  • To learn about the benefits of breastfeeding
  • To learn about potential issues in formula feeding
  • To learn about normal breastfeeding practices
  • To learn how to encourage women to breastfeed

Module 14 : Blood Pressure Monitoring and Pre-Eclampsia

  • To learn about the risks for pregnant women who have high blood pressure
  • To understand the different types of high blood pressure that pregnant women can get
  • To learn how high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia is connected
  • To understand how pre-eclampsia develops

Module 15 : Infection Control and Hygiene

  • To learn about the general principles of infection prevention and control
  • To understand how to use personal protection equipment
  • To learn about the decontamination of reusable medical equipment
  • To learn how to create and maintain a clean work environment

Module 16 : Collecting Specimens

  • To learn about what specimens are collected after birth
  • To learn what those specimens are used for
  • To learn when to collect those specimens and how to store them, if required
  • To learn how to collect the specimen

Module 17 : Administration of Medicines and Injections

  • To learn about different methods and processes involved in supplying medications
  • To understand how to store and transport medicines
  • To learn how to administer medications and injections
  • To learn what to do when you are unsure of the safety of equipment or medication

Module 18 : Venepuncture

  • To understand what a venepuncture is
  • To understand the roles and responsibilities of a midwife performing a venepuncture
  • To learn how to find the necessary equipment for a venepuncture
  • To learn how to perform a venepuncture

Module 19 : The Female Anatomy

  • To learn about the reproductive organs of a woman
  • To learn about the reproductive cycle
  • To learn about the urinary tract
  • To understand what the placenta does

Module 20 : Labour

  • To learn about the different stages of labour and what your role as a midwife is with each
  • To understand different methods of giving birth, including different positions
  • To learn about pain relief during labour - both medical and non-medical
  • To understand the importance of examining the placenta, following labour

Module 21 : List of Abbreviations

  • To learn about appointment related terms and abbreviations
  • To learn about record keeping terms and abbreviations
  • To learn about medical terms and abbreviations for birth
  • To understand the importance of using the correct abbreviations for clarity

Module 22 : Medications and Pregnancy

  • To learn which medications are safe to take during pregnancy
  • To learn which substances should be avoided during pregnancy
  • To gain insight on when to prescribe medications
  • To understand how medication reaches the foetus

Module 23 : Communication for Midwives

  • To understand the importance of communication
  • To learn about verbal communication
  • To learn about non-verbal communication
  • To learn about active listening

Module 24 : Emergencies and Caesarean Section

  • To learn about the risk factors associated with complications during pregnancy
  • To learn the signs and symptoms of different emergency situations
  • To understand common treatment methods for emergency situations
  • To learn about the role of a midwife in some of these situations

Module 25 : Birthing Environment and Home Births

  • To learn about the safety of a home birth versus a hospital birth
  • To learn how to help your patients make an informed decision about their birthing environment
  • To learn overviews of each type of birthing environment
  • To understand the pros and cons of each birthing environment

Module 26 : Initial Baby Check and Examination

  • To learn about the tests that a baby will have, in the moments after birth
  • To learn about the different areas of the body to check, during each examination
  • To understand what signs could indicate a problem
  • To understand blood testing in babies

Module 27 : Conditions with Labour and Pregnancy

  • To learn about different medical conditions and how they might affect a labour or pregnancy
  • To understand the importance of working as a medical team, to treat women with medical conditions during pregnancy
  • To understand how certain medical conditions can affect a baby in the womb
  • To learn about different treatment options for these conditions

Module 28 : Mental Health Issues and Pregnancy

  • To learn about mental health issues and how they affect pregnancy
  • To understand how you can help your patients, during pregnancy
  • To learn how to support your patients, with medication and other treatments
  • To learn the importance of working as a team, to treat patients with mental health issues

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

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About this Course

Study Introduction to Midwifery Online Course and Begin a Career as a Successful Midwife

The Introduction to Midwifery Certificate course is filled with instruction that will put you on the path to beginning a career as a successful midwife.

Midwifery is one of the oldest professions in the world. The basic role of a midwife is to care for and support pregnant women and their babies before, during, and after giving birth. This course will cover several concepts associated with midwifery, including the history of the profession, how to become a midwife and how to practice as a midwife.

This online course provides students with a comprehensive training program that allows them to study whenever and wherever is convenient. Many enrolled students still work full time and maintain an active lifestyle while pursuing their degrees.

To access the study material for the midwifery course, you will need any device with a valid internet connection. In addition, while you study, you are eligible to receive online support.

What will you learn with our Introduction to Midwifery Online Course:

  • The origin and definition of midwifery
  • The history of midwifery from the ancient to modern times
  • Roles of a midwife
  • The educational requirements to becoming a midwife
  • Qualifying as a midwife
  • Responsibilities of a midwife
  • Midwife practices around the world
  • Women’s rights and birth options
  • The principles of midwifery and cultural awareness
  • Antenatal care and screening
  • How midwives support women through labor and birth
  • The aims of postnatal care as a midwife
  • The importance of breastfeeding
  • Blood pressure monitoring and pre-eclampsia
  • Infection control and hygiene
  • The female anatomy
  • Labor
  • Medications and pregnancy
  • Emergencies and caesarean section
  • Initial baby check and examination
  • Conditions with labor and pregnancy
  • Mental health issues in pregnancy

Introduction to Midwifery Online Course - Requirements

The Introduction to Midwifery Course is delivered 100 percent online 24/7.

To successfully complete this course, a student must:

  • Have access to the internet and the necessary technical skills to navigate the online learning resources
  • Have access to any mobile device with internet connectivity (laptop, desktop, tablet)
  • Be a self-directed learner
  • Possess sound language and literacy skills

Quick Course Facts

  1. Course content is structured for easy comprehension
  2. Registered students gain unrestricted access to the Introduction to Midwifery Course
  3. All course material is available online 24/7 and can be accessed using any device
  4. Study online from anywhere in your own time at your own pace
  5. All students who complete the course will be awarded with a certificate of completion

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Introduction to Midwifery Online Course Outline

Module 1: The Origin and Definition of the Word “Midwife”

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the origin of the word “midwife”
  • To gain an understanding of the midwife’s role
  • To become familiar with the day to day tasks of a midwife

Introduction

Midwifery has been one of the world's oldest occupations. A midwife, who is practiced by both men and women, is a person who completes a University course, as well as practical placements, to learn the experience and skills needed to promote and encourage women during childbirth.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Origin of the Term “Midwife”
  • An Overview of the Midwifery Profession
  • Working as a Midwife
  • Basic Training for Midwifery
  • A Day in the Life of a Midwife
  • Considerations before Becoming a Midwife

Module 2: The History of Midwifery from the Ancients to Modern Times

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the midwifery practices of ancient civilizations
  • To learn about the darkest days for practicing midwives
  • To understand how the Renaissance changed the practice of midwifery

Introduction

Midwifery has existed for as long as there has been childbirth. Any midwifery traditions have been relatively unchanged over the decades – even millennia.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Ancient Practice of Midwifery
  • Midwifery in the Middle Ages
  • Midwifery in the Renaissance
  • The 1800’s
  • The Midwives Act 1902
  • Florence Nightingale
  • Midwifery in the 20th Century and Beyond
  • The Public’s View of Midwives

Module 3: Roles and Responsibilities of the Midwife

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the government’s vision for midwifery
  • To learn about the roles midwives play in childbearing
  • To understand how midwives provide physical and emotional support to women

Introduction

Midwives are often depicted as individuals who assist in the delivery of an infant. Midwives, on the other hand, do far more than that. When an expectant mother wishes to have her infant delivered by a midwife, the midwife often becomes the primary point of contact during the pregnancy, childbirth, and the first weeks and months after the child is born.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Vision of Midwifery in the UK
  • Understanding Childbearing
  • Facilitating Childbirth
  • Supporting Mothers Physically and Emotionally
  • Acting as Resource to Women and the Community
  • Education for Midwives
  • Supporting Bereavement

Module 4: Are You Suited to a Career as a Midwife?

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn the basics of what a midwife does
  • To understand the educational requirements for midwifery
  • To understand what type of skills, interests and personalities work best in midwifery

Introduction

This is not a choice of career for everybody, and some people would naturally not be content as a midwife.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Educational Requirements to Become a Midwife
  • Skills, Interests and Personality Qualifications to Become a Midwife
  • Working Hours and Conditions
  • Midwife Responsibilities

Module 5: Qualifying as a Midwife

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the different paths to midwifery
  • To learn about the admission requirements to midwifery courses
  • To learn about what you can expect in shortened courses

Introduction

A person must first apply to become a midwife before serving as one. To work as a midwife in the United Kingdom, they must be registered – and to do so, they must spend several years at university, focusing on their education.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Two Paths to Midwifery in the UK
  • Direct Entry Midwifery Programme Admission Requirements
  • Midwifery Shortened Programs for Registered Nurses
  • Other Requirements to Enter Into a Midwifery University Programme
  • Example of a Typical Three-Year Midwifery Programme
  • Finished with University? There are Still Things You Must Do to Qualify

Module 6: How Midwives Are Educated and Practice Around the World

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the education of midwives in Canada and Australia
  • To learn about the education of midwives in France and the US
  • To learn about the education of midwives in New Zealand and the Netherlands

Introduction

This module will go a little deeper to look at the many ways that midwives are not only trained, but also practiced around the world. Since many UK midwives prefer to serve or volunteer abroad, this summary will provide them with a basic understanding of how their chosen profession is practiced in other parts of the world.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Midwife Education and Practice in Canada
  • Midwife Education and Practice in Australia
  • Midwife Education and Practice in France
  • Midwife Education and Practice in the United States
  • Midwife Education and Practice in New Zealand
  • Midwife Education and Practice in the Netherlands
  • Midwife Education and Practice in Japan
  • Midwife Education and Practice in Sweden

Module 7: Women’s Rights and Birth Options

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn what women’s rights are, within the context of pregnancy and labor
  • To understand how midwives must support these rights, in order to support women
  • To understand a midwife’s rights and how they are associated with women’s rights

Introduction

When a woman is pregnant, she faces a slew of choices, including how she will deliver her child. One of the most important topics of midwifery is advocating for women's rights, including the right to make their own choices regarding their pregnancy and eventual delivery.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Women’s Rights
  • Midwives’ Rights
  • Baby’s Rights
  • Options for Birth in the UK

Module 8: How Midwives Support Socially Disadvantaged Women

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand how socioeconomic disadvantages can affect your patients
  • To understand how socioeconomic disadvantages can affect the babies
  • To learn how to measure the impact of midwifery on public health

Introduction

A research on the treatment that women from lower socioeconomic backgrounds receive during pregnancy was published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2014. According to the findings of this report, these women clearly do not get the same level of treatment as their wealthy counterparts.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Social Disadvantages and Pregnant Women’s Health
  • Social Disadvantage and Infant Health
  • The Role That Midwives Play in the Support of Socially Disadvantaged Women
  • Measuring How Midwives Contribute to Public Health
  • The Six Aims for Improvement in Midwifery

Module 9: Cultural Safety in Relation to Midwife Care

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn and understand the principles of midwifery and cultural awareness
  • To understand the origins of cultural safety
  • To learn how cultural safety fits in with general nursing philosophies

Introduction

As a midwife, they will work with women and families from a wide range of cultural backgrounds, some of which might be somewhat different from the society in which they were raised or adhere.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Principles of Midwifery and Cultural Awareness
  • The Origins of Cultural Safety and Midwifery
  • Cultural Safety and Nursing Philosophy
  • How to Practice Cultural Safety
  • So Why Does Cultural Safety Matter?
  • Cultural Safety and Ethics

Module 10: Antenatal Care and Screening

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about what antenatal care is
  • To learn about the principles of care
  • To learn what happens at various antenatal appointments

Introduction

Antenatal care applies to all of the support a woman provides during her pregnancy; from the moment she discovers she is pregnant until she reaches the hospital for active labor. This treatment is vital because it not only guarantees that mother and baby remain safe during pregnancy, but it also ensures that labor and childbirth go smoothly.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • What is Antenatal Care?
  • Principles of Antenatal Care
  • Beginning Antenatal Care
  • Antenatal Classes
  • Common Antenatal Tests

Module 11: How Midwives Support Women Through Labor and Birth

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the background of midwives supporting women through labor
  • To learn about how you can support your patients with different positions
  • To learn about different ways to support your patients through pain relief

Introduction

In several situations, this will take place in a hospital or birthing center, but in some cases, it will take place at the woman's house or some other location. A midwife should be able to take the lead and support their patients as long as the delivery happens normally and naturally.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • A Brief Background and the Benefits of Midwife Support for Women During Labor
  • What to Do as a Midwife
  • The First Stage of Labor
  • Helping the Patient with Pain
  • The Second Stage of Labor
  • The Birth of the Baby
  • The Third Stage of Labor

Module 12: The Aims of Postnatal Care as a Midwife

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the major aims of postnatal care for new mums
  • To learn about the basics of a postnatal care visit
  • To learn about the physical health of the mother

Introduction

One of several common myths about midwifery treatment is that midwives merely assist in the delivery of an infant and then their job is finished.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Main Aims of Postnatal Care
  • The Basics of a Postnatal Care Visit
  • The Mental Health and Wellbeing of the Woman
  • The Physical Health and Wellbeing of the Woman
  • A Word About Breastfeeding
  • Maintaining the Health of an Infant
  • A Safety Evaluation of the Home

Module 13: The Importance of Breastfeeding

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the benefits of breastfeeding
  • To learn about potential issues in formula feeding
  • To learn about normal breastfeeding practices

Introduction

Breastfeeding is a normal practice, but in many places, it is a contentious and political problem. Breastfeeding is recommended by many governments and medical practices for the first six months of a baby's life. The mother, though, has the final say.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Benefits of Breastfeeding
  • Potential Risks Associated with Formula Feeding
  • How Midwives Can Teach New Mothers about Breast Feeding
  • Providing Information for Families and Communities

Module 14: Blood Pressure Monitoring and Pre-Eclampsia

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the risks for pregnant women who have high blood pressure
  • To understand the different types of high blood pressure that pregnant women can get
  • To learn how high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia is connected

Introduction

One of the leading causes of maternal and infant death is high blood pressure, also known as hypertension.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Risks for Pregnant Women Who Have High Blood Pressure
  • Defining Hypertension in Pregnancy
  • Managing a Woman’s Blood Pressure During Pregnancy
  • Working with Pregnant Women Who Have Pre-Existing Hypertension
  • Working with Pregnant Women Who Have Gestational Hypertension
  • The Basics of Pre-Eclampsia
  • The Treatment of Pre-Eclampsia
  • Complications of Pre-Eclampsia

Module 15: Infection Control and Hygiene

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the general principles of infection prevention and control
  • To understand how to use personal protection equipment
  • To learn about the decontamination of reusable medical equipment

Introduction

Mostly in field of midwifery, a single infection, or germ, will alter the course of both the mother's and the child's lives. Both healthcare staff, particularly midwives, play a significant part in reducing the risk of infection transmission.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The General Principles of Infection Prevention and Control
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Using Personal Protective Equipment
  • Disposal and Safe Handling of Sharps
  • Handling and Disposing of Chemical Waste
  • Managing Bodily Fluids and Blood
  • Decontaminating Equipment
  • Creating and Maintaining a Clean Clinical Environment
  • The Appropriate Use of Indwelling Devices
  • Managing the Accidental Exposure to Blood Borne Viruses
  • Communication and Infection Control
  • Training on Infection Control

Module 16: Collecting Specimens

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about what specimens are collected after birth
  • To learn what those specimens are used for
  • To learn when to collect those specimens and how to store them, if required

Introduction

Midwives are traditionally not interested with surgical practices and often rely on delivering women-centric alternatives to childbirth, focusing on the idea that conception and childbirth are natural processes. This, though, can change slightly after the baby is born.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • What Is Specimen Collection?
  • What You Are Collecting
  • Specimen Collection vs. Delayed Clamping
  • How to Collect Specimen
  • Cord Blood Banks
  • Finding the Right Private Blood Bank

Module 17: Administration of Medicines and Injections

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about different methods and processes involved in supplying medications
  • To understand how to store and transport medicines
  • To learn how to administer medications and injections

Introduction

The Nursing and Midwifery Council monitors midwives in the United Kingdom (NMC). The NMC's mission is to protect the public by advising midwives and nurses on critical professional concerns such as the administration of medications and injections.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Approaching Medicine
  • Basic Guidelines and Responsibilities for Providing and Administering Medication
  • Methods for Supplying Medication
  • Storing and Transporting Medicines
  • Standards for Administering Medicines
  • Injections

Module 18: Venipuncture

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand what a venipuncture is
  • To understand the roles and responsibilities of a midwife performing a venipuncture
  • To learn how to find the necessary equipment for a venipuncture

Introduction

About each day throughout their careers, most midwives will be subjected to venipuncture. Venipuncture, or the act of inserting a needle into a vein, are one of the most frequent treatments that a midwife will undergo and they will be used in a variety of appointments – assuming the patient consents.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Responsibilities of the Midwife in Performing a Venipuncture
  • Anatomy of the Arm and How to Choose the Right Vein
  • Equipment Required for Venipuncture in Adults
  • Completing the Procedure
  • Dealing with Complications

Module 19: The Female Anatomy

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the reproductive organs of a woman
  • To learn about the reproductive cycle
  • To learn about the urinary tract

Introduction

As a midwife, they must be well-versed in female anatomy, including the genital organs and the urinary tract. In addition, they would need to learn how a woman's menstrual cycle functions, how fertilization happens in the womb, and how the infant and placenta blend into the body's organs.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Female Reproductive System
  • The Reproductive Cycle
  • The Urinary Tract
  • The Hormonal Cycle of Women
  • The Placenta
  • The Fetus
  • Weeks 11-20
  • Weeks 21-30
  • Week 30 onwards

Module 20: Labor

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the different stages of labor and what your role as a midwife is with each
  • To understand different methods of giving birth, including different positions
  • To learn about pain relief during labor – both medical and non-medical

Introduction

Many people associate midwives with the women who assist another woman through labor. Of course, this is an incredibly valuable work, but it is not the only one that a midwife does.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Recognizing the Signs of Labor
  • Admission Assessment
  • After the First Check+
  • Medical Pain Relief during Labor
  • Non-Pharmacological Methods for Pain Relief during Labor
  • Positions for Labor and Birth
  • Water Births
  • Instruments of Birth
  • Induced Labor
  • An Overview of the First Stage of Labor
  • An Overview of the Second Stage of Labor
  • An Overview of the Third Stage of Labor
  • Diabetes in Labor

Module 21: List of Abbreviations

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about appointment related terms and abbreviations
  • To learn about record keeping terms and abbreviations
  • To learn about medical terms and abbreviations for birth

Introduction

Any words were certainly more familiar than others. Nonetheless, all of these words are significant because of the roles they perform in midwifery and treatment.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Purpose of Using the Correct Term
  • Finding the Facilities’ List of Terms
  • Appointment Related Terms
  • Record Keeping Terms
  • Medical Terms for Birth

Module 22: Medications and Pregnancy

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn which medications are safe to take during pregnancy
  • To learn which substances should be avoided during pregnancy
  • To gain insight on when to prescribe medications

Introduction

Taking medicine during pregnancy is typically a medical decision taken by individual women in consultation with their health care providers. This decision is critical because, while research has shown that some drugs are safe to use during breastfeeding, there is no definitive word about the long-term consequences of taking medicine while pregnant or immediately after giving birth.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Prescribing Medications during Pregnancy
  • Taking Medication during Pregnancy
  • Vaccinations During Pregnancy
  • Taking Over the Counter Medications
  • How Medications Affect Fetal Development
  • Medications and Birth Defects

Module 23: Communication for Midwives

Learning Objectives:

  • To understand the importance of communication
  • To learn about verbal communication
  • To learn about non-verbal communication

Introduction

Communication is an ability that is needed in practically any career path and in life. Communication is highly important in healthcare because very important – and often life or death – choices are taken depending on the frequency of two people's communication.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Importance of Communication
  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Forms of Communication
  • Dealing with Cultural Differences in Communication
  • Using Communication to Solve Conflict

Module 24: Emergencies and Caesarean Section

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the risk factors associated with complications during pregnancy
  • To learn the signs and symptoms of different emergency situations
  • To understand common treatment methods for emergency situations

Introduction

Women who are at higher risk of complications will normally consult with a doctor during their pregnancy, which is a better choice for both them and their children.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Risk Factors for Pregnancy Complications
  • Abruption of the Placenta
  • Placenta Previa
  • Postpartum Hemorrhage
  • Amniotic Fluid Embolism
  • Inversion of the Uterus
  • Infections
  • Psychological Conditions
  • Stillbirth and Intrauterine Death
  • Caesarean Section

Module 25: Birthing Environment and Home Births

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the safety of a home birth versus a hospital birth
  • To learn how to help your patients make an informed decision about their birthing environment
  • To learn overviews of each type of birthing environment

Introduction

Births assisted by a midwife are available in all three conditions. The atmosphere selected is determined by a variety of considerations, including the needs of the mother and infant, the dangers they may pose, and their personal interests.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Safety of a Home Birth Versus a Hospital Birth
  • Making an Informed Decision
  • Giving Birth in a Birth Centre
  • Hospital Birth Environment
  • Home Birth

Module 26: Initial Baby Check and Examination

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about the tests that a baby will have, in the moments after birth
  • To learn about the different areas of the body to check, during each examination
  • To understand what signs could indicate a problem

Introduction

One of its most significant responsibilities of a midwife is to protect the baby's wellbeing. This is achieved by conducting a battery of examinations in the minutes and hours after the birth.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Tests That a Baby Has
  • The Details of What a Full Examination Involves
  • Following the Full Examination

Module 27: Conditions with Labor and Pregnancy

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about different medical conditions and how they might affect a labor or pregnancy
  • To understand the importance of working as a medical team, to treat women with medical conditions during pregnancy
  • To understand how certain medical conditions can affect a baby in the womb

Introduction

The majority of women will have a regular pregnancy and childbirth, but others will not. Almost often, women who have complications during their pregnancy and delivery have a medical condition that may have a detrimental effect on their pregnancy and their infant.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Obesity
  • Thyroid Diseases

Module 28: Mental Health Issues and Pregnancy

Learning Objectives:

  • To learn about mental health issues and how they affect pregnancy
  • To understand how you can help your patients, during pregnancy
  • To learn how to support your patients, with medication and other treatments

Introduction

Some women may not have any mental health problems during their pregnancy, but certain women will also have a diagnosed mental health problem before becoming pregnant. Women who have had mental health problems in the past and have been treated may be concerned that they may reoccur.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • A Close Look at Mental Health in Pregnancy
  • Women Who Have Had Mental Issues in the Past
  • Treating Mental Health Problems in Pregnancy
  • The Care Team for Pregnant Women with Mental Health Issues
  • Preparing for the Birth of the Baby
  • Depression During Pregnancy
  • Anxiety Disorder During Pregnancy
  • Other Mental Health Disorders 

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete this course, receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Module 1 : The Origin and Definition of the Word “Midwife”

  • To learn about the origin of the word “midwife”
  • To gain an understanding of the midwife’s role
  • To become familiar with the day to day tasks of a midwife
  • To differentiate between the roles and requirements of hospital based midwives and independent midwives

Module 2 : The History of Midwifery from the Ancients to Modern Times

  • To learn about the midwifery practices of ancient civilisations
  • To learn about the darkest days for practicing midwives
  • To understand how the Renaissance changed the practice of midwifery
  • To learn about how modern midwifery came to be

Module 3 : Roles and Responsibilities of the Midwife

  • To learn about the government’s vision for midwifery
  • To learn about the roles midwives play in childbearing
  • To understand how midwives provide physical and emotional support to women
  • To learn about education models for midwives

Module 4 : Are You Suited to a Career as a Midwife?

  • To learn the basics of what a midwife does
  • To understand the educational requirements for midwifery
  • To understand what type of skills, interests and personalities work best in midwifery
  • To learn more about the working hours and conditions of a job in midwifery

Module 5 : Qualifying as a Midwife

  • To learn about the different paths to midwifery
  • To learn about the admission requirements to midwifery courses
  • To learn about what you can expect in shortened courses
  • To understand what you might learn when in university

Module 6 : How Midwives Are Educated and Practice Around the World

  • To learn about the education of midwives in Canada and Australia
  • To learn about the education of midwives in France and the US
  • To learn about the education of midwives in New Zealand and the Netherlands
  • To learn about the education of midwives in Japan and Sweden

Module 7 : Women’s Rights and Birth Options

  • To learn what women’s rights are, within the context of pregnancy and labour
  • To understand how midwives must support these rights, in order to support women
  • To understand a midwife’s rights and how they are associated with women’s rights
  • To understand a baby’s rights and how they are intimately connected with their mother’s rights

Module 8 : How Midwives Support Socially Disadvantaged Women

  • To understand how socioeconomic disadvantages can affect your patients
  • To understand how socioeconomic disadvantages can affect the babies
  • To learn how to measure the impact of midwifery on public health
  • To learn how you can improve your own midwifery practice

Module 9 : Cultural Safety in Relation to Midwife Care

  • To learn and understand the principles of midwifery and cultural awareness
  • To understand the origins of cultural safety
  • To learn how cultural safety fits in with general nursing philosophies
  • To understand why cultural safety matters in a healthcare setting

Module 10 : Antenatal Care and Screening

  • To learn about what antenatal care is
  • To learn about the principles of care
  • To learn what happens at various antenatal appointments
  • To learn about antenatal classes

Module 11 : How Midwives Support Women Through Labour and Birth

  • To understand the background of midwives supporting women through labour
  • To learn about how you can support your patients with different positions
  • To learn about different ways to support your patients through pain relief
  • To learn how to support your patient during the second stage of labour

Module 12 : The Aims of Postnatal Care as a Midwife

  • To learn about the major aims of postnatal care for new mums
  • To learn about the basics of a postnatal care visit
  • To learn about the physical health of the mother
  • To learn about the mental health of the mother

Module 13 : The Importance of Breastfeeding

  • To learn about the benefits of breastfeeding
  • To learn about potential issues in formula feeding
  • To learn about normal breastfeeding practices
  • To learn how to encourage women to breastfeed

Module 14 : Blood Pressure Monitoring and Pre-Eclampsia

  • To learn about the risks for pregnant women who have high blood pressure
  • To understand the different types of high blood pressure that pregnant women can get
  • To learn how high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia is connected
  • To understand how pre-eclampsia develops

Module 15 : Infection Control and Hygiene

  • To learn about the general principles of infection prevention and control
  • To understand how to use personal protection equipment
  • To learn about the decontamination of reusable medical equipment
  • To learn how to create and maintain a clean work environment

Module 16 : Collecting Specimens

  • To learn about what specimens are collected after birth
  • To learn what those specimens are used for
  • To learn when to collect those specimens and how to store them, if required
  • To learn how to collect the specimen

Module 17 : Administration of Medicines and Injections

  • To learn about different methods and processes involved in supplying medications
  • To understand how to store and transport medicines
  • To learn how to administer medications and injections
  • To learn what to do when you are unsure of the safety of equipment or medication

Module 18 : Venepuncture

  • To understand what a venepuncture is
  • To understand the roles and responsibilities of a midwife performing a venepuncture
  • To learn how to find the necessary equipment for a venepuncture
  • To learn how to perform a venepuncture

Module 19 : The Female Anatomy

  • To learn about the reproductive organs of a woman
  • To learn about the reproductive cycle
  • To learn about the urinary tract
  • To understand what the placenta does

Module 20 : Labour

  • To learn about the different stages of labour and what your role as a midwife is with each
  • To understand different methods of giving birth, including different positions
  • To learn about pain relief during labour - both medical and non-medical
  • To understand the importance of examining the placenta, following labour

Module 21 : List of Abbreviations

  • To learn about appointment related terms and abbreviations
  • To learn about record keeping terms and abbreviations
  • To learn about medical terms and abbreviations for birth
  • To understand the importance of using the correct abbreviations for clarity

Module 22 : Medications and Pregnancy

  • To learn which medications are safe to take during pregnancy
  • To learn which substances should be avoided during pregnancy
  • To gain insight on when to prescribe medications
  • To understand how medication reaches the foetus

Module 23 : Communication for Midwives

  • To understand the importance of communication
  • To learn about verbal communication
  • To learn about non-verbal communication
  • To learn about active listening

Module 24 : Emergencies and Caesarean Section

  • To learn about the risk factors associated with complications during pregnancy
  • To learn the signs and symptoms of different emergency situations
  • To understand common treatment methods for emergency situations
  • To learn about the role of a midwife in some of these situations

Module 25 : Birthing Environment and Home Births

  • To learn about the safety of a home birth versus a hospital birth
  • To learn how to help your patients make an informed decision about their birthing environment
  • To learn overviews of each type of birthing environment
  • To understand the pros and cons of each birthing environment

Module 26 : Initial Baby Check and Examination

  • To learn about the tests that a baby will have, in the moments after birth
  • To learn about the different areas of the body to check, during each examination
  • To understand what signs could indicate a problem
  • To understand blood testing in babies

Module 27 : Conditions with Labour and Pregnancy

  • To learn about different medical conditions and how they might affect a labour or pregnancy
  • To understand the importance of working as a medical team, to treat women with medical conditions during pregnancy
  • To understand how certain medical conditions can affect a baby in the womb
  • To learn about different treatment options for these conditions

Module 28 : Mental Health Issues and Pregnancy

  • To learn about mental health issues and how they affect pregnancy
  • To understand how you can help your patients, during pregnancy
  • To learn how to support your patients, with medication and other treatments
  • To learn the importance of working as a team, to treat patients with mental health issues

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

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