MID441 Midwifery Studies 1 (8)

MID441 is the foundational midwifery theoretical subject and focuses on woman-centred midwifery care during normal pregnancy, labour, birth, the postnatal and the newborn period including maternal nutrition and care of the newborn. There is a focus on midwifery care that enhances and does not inhibit the physiological processes of pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period, including the initiation, establishment and continuation of breastfeeding. Students will explore underlying midwifery philosophies, models of care and the consumer perspective in order to enhance midwifery care and the experience of the woman and her baby


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MID441. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Available to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery.

Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge and skills related to being a registered nurse.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to assess, plan, implement and evaluate woman-centred midwifery care and models of care within the antenatal, labour, birth and postnatal periods while protecting, promoting and supporting normal pregnancy and make appropriate referrals as required
  • be able to apply and interpret results of antenatal and pre/post screening investigations and counselling, and if required refer to relevant health care worker
  • be able to describe how to undertake a newborn assessment and provide education to the woman about the care of her newborn
  • be able to apply knowledge of the anatomical, physiological, emotional and social changes that occur during pregnancy, labour, birth, the postnatal period, fetal to newborn transition and lactation
  • be able to assess, plan and educate the woman on adequate nutritional requirements for herself and her baby at the pre, peri and post-natal stages of pregnancy including supporting and promoting breastfeeding according to best practice


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: Midwifery philosophy, models of midwifery care and consumer perspectives
  • Module 2: Woman-centred midwifery antenatal care.
  • Module 3: Woman-centred midwifery care during labour and birth
  • Module 4: Woman-centred midwifery care during the postnatal period
  • Module 5: Newborn assessment, care of the newborn and early parenting
  • Module 6: Breastfeeding and nutritional requirements of the newborn and mother
  • Module 7: Facilitating choice

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MID441 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Residential school attendance
6 x intelli-learn quizzes- online (midsafe)
Case study
Examination of the newborn: discussion paper

Residential School

This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory Residential School.

The aim of the MID441 Residential School is to provide simulation learning experiences for students, introducing them to safe, midwifery practice when providing woman-centred care to a woman during a normal pregnancy, labour/birth, and the postpartum period. The Graduate Diploma of Midwifery is a graduate entry to practice program where students, as Registered Nurses, are employed to practise as midwifery students as they study. Compulsory attendance and assessment of practice at the MID441 Residential School will ensure that the midwifery student is safe to practice in clinical maternity settings using women-centred principles to support women during a normal pregnancy, labour/birth and the postpartum period.

Special Resources

Online students attending compulsory residential school at a CSU campus will be responsible for arranging their own travel to and from the Residential school, together with accommodation while in attendance.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.