Contemporary Midwifery Practice A
University College Dublin
Area of Study
Health Science, Nursing, Pre-Nursing
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits2.5 - 3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units3.75 - 4.5
Hours & Credits
OverviewThe aim of this module is to introduce the student to the midwife's role in the provision of evidence-based
midwifery care. The purpose of the module is to develop the student's understanding and knowledge of normality
in the context of midwifery care. Related anatomy and physiology is explored throughout the module. The
midwifery care of the woman in the first, second and third stage of labour is examined in detail. The different
positions woman can adopt for labour and childbirth are highlighted along with the supporting evidence. The
role of the support person in labour is discussed along with the midwife's role in a partnership of care with
the woman and other health care personnel. Physiological adaptation of the newborn along with skills specific
to newborn resusitation are introduced. The care of the baby during and after birth is incorporated, including
the first examination of the newborn. Infant feeding is reviewed, in particular the anatomy and physiology of
the breast and the importance of correct infant positioning and attachment. In this module students will also
be introduced to the indicators of fetal well-being and electronic fetal monitoring.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.