Module code: NUR3207

Module Overview

Women often present during pregnancy with related or pre-existing conditions which may be exacerbated during the childbearing continuum. This module will enable midwives to enhance their knowledge base by analysing research evidence in relation to complications of pregnancy.

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

SARAVIA Vikki (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: B720

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 30

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

·         Prenatal Screening

·         Identifying Risk during Childbearing

·         Complications associated with Pregnancy

·         The Compromised Fetus

·         Maternity Mortality

·         SBAR: Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendations

·         Interpreting Ultrasound and Dopplers

·         Identifying the Deteriorating Woman

·         Fluid and Airway Management in an Obstetric Patient

·         Critical Incident Analysis

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of contemporaneous issues facing women who are experiencing complications of pregnancy.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • A 2,500 reflective account focusing on the care of a woman with a maternal complaint affecting pregnancy. The account must include consideration of the diagnosis and assessment of the clinical case and a management plan identifying referral strategies and will include a critical evaluation of the evidence base.

  • This will test all thelearning outcomes and forms 100% of marks


    Formative assessment

  • In relation to a one sided (A4) reflection / case study plan.



Students will receive feedback through a variety of methods, these include:

  • Verbal – during seminar sessions, or tutorials

  • Written – formative feedback on reflection or case study plan

  • Email – where requested by student


Please note that any evidence of unsafe practice or breach of confidentiality will result in an automatic refer for the module.

Module aims

  • The aim of this module is to prepare midwives for the unpredictable nature of critical care in a midwifery environment. Women often present with pregnancy related or pre-existing conditions which may be exacerbated during the childbearing continuum. This module aims to prepare practitioners to assess, monitor, interpret and manage situations rapidly and appropriately. 

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of obstetric complications and the methods for assessing critically ill women in maternity care. KP
002 Critically analyse research evidence relating to complications in midwifery, to assist in the diagnosis and development of management plans, including the making of appropriate referrals. KCPT
003 Emphasise knowledge and understanding of normal maternal physiology and associated pathophysiology. KP
004 Critically analyse national and local policy which underpin the provision of care to high risk women. KCT
005 Demonstrate an understanding of the midwife's sphere of practice when caring for women experiencing complications. K

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

Teaching will use a blended approach incorporating interactive lectures, discussions, seminar presentations and problem-based-learning.


Students will be encouraged to be self-directed and inquiring and there will be opportunities for group work.


Research approaches and use of current research studies undertaken in The School of Health Sciences will be drawn on to illustrate concepts.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.