This Midwifery degree covers all aspects of normal midwifery, complicated childbearing, and postnatal care. You’ll also study wider issues such as health promotion, public health, law and ethics, and professional issues. Midwifery is a skills-based profession and development of your practical skills is an important part of this midwifery course.
As part of your Midwifery training, you’ll gain experience on clinical placements in a number of local health boards, each lasting several weeks. To improve your employability, you’ll develop knowledge and abilities to provide holistic care. You’ll gain some of these skills in our Clinical Simulation Centre on campus, or on clinical placements in midwifery and other specialist areas.
Currently, if you are a UK student, your Midwifery course fees will be paid by the Welsh Government. Successful completion of this course allows you registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a qualified (registered) midwife.
What you will study
Year One: Midwifery Degree
- Normal midwifery: This will focus on all normal aspects of midwifery practice. It will introduce you to the underpinning knowledge of childbearing from preconception, through antenatal period, labour, postnatal and neonatal care.
- Life Sciences in Midwifery: The topics covered will focus on some nursing but mainly on midwifery and related life sciences.
- Professional Practice and Personal Development in Midwifery: The module will introduce aspects of professional practice and professionalism.
- Fundamental skills: This module focuses on the development of understanding basic care and midwifery practice skills both in the clinical skills laboratory and practice in the clinical setting.Maternal and neonatal nutrition: Maternal diet and dietary concerns are introduced in this module along with the methods of infant feeding. The contents relating to infant feeding follow the guidance of the Baby Friendly Initiative of UNICEF.
- Normality in Clinical Practice: This module is a clinically based module enabling development of the basic care and skills in practice.
Year Two: Midwifery Degree
- Art and Science of Midwifery: Developing the student’s expertise in the management of normal midwifery situations, recognising the abnormal and seeking appropriate interventions.
- Complications and emergencies: Preparing the student for deviations from normal within midwifery care. Antenatal, labour, postnatal and neonatal aspects will be covered.
- Public Health in Midwifery: This will introduce the public health role of the midwife and communication skills, including counselling.
- Complications in Clinical Practice: This module is a clinically based module enabling further development of midwifery care and more advanced skills in practice.
Year Three: Midwifery Degree
- Midwifery Practice: This module will facilitate understanding of the midwife in contemporary practice and encourages students to link theory to practice in a firm reality based environment.
- Medical Disorders in Midwifery: This module will explore how medical conditions affect childbearing and the roles of the various professionals who make up the multi disciplinary team.
- Rapidly Changing Situations in Maternal Health: The focus of this module is to enable the student to critically evaluate complex assessment and intervention processes in the care and management of the acutely or critically ill woman.
- Neonatal Examination: This module will provide the knowledge and simulated skills to appreciate the need for a full health and physical assessment of the neonate.
- Competence in Clinical Practice: This module is a clinically-based module enabling the development of confidence and competence in midwifery.
- Supervised Practice Period: Clinical competencies are assessed during this period and students cannot qualify without passing this final tripartite assessment, preparing students to take on the full role of a midwife from the point of registration.
Your Midwifery training is delivered through a mixture of study days and block teaching weeks, with some days allocated to private study. Practice and theory are split evenly and you will have assessments for both in each module.
It is important you gain experience in a range of locations, so you will be expected to go on placements in a number of local health boards that last several weeks at a time. This may require extended travelling, and late night and early morning shift patterns. Each year of the degree lasts a minimum of 45 weeks. Holidays are fixed and non-negotiable.
Midwifery students enjoy exceptional student support at USW. Our open door policy ensures that there is always someone on hand to assist you when a problem arises and this is something our students really appreciate.
Your skills will be developed and assessed in the practical skills laboratory at the University and by your clinical mentor while you are on placement. You also need to complete a student portfolio, which is an essential part of the assessment process. Other assessments include written assignments, an examination and dissertation.
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