Courses Catalogue

Normal Midwifery & Domiciliary

COURSE CODE: BNS 4103
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 6
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Nursing Sciences (Direct Entry), B.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Nursing Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

This course covers the introduction to midwifery, obstetric anatomy, and assessment in antenatal care, normal labour, puerperium and care of the newborn. In addition, it identifies the appropriate laboratory tests which may need to be carried out during and after pregnancy. 

Course Aim

The course aims to aid the learner to understands who the midwife is, her practice, accountability and her relationship with the clients and communities. 

Course Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this course, the student will be able to:

1.      Describe the anatomy of the human female pelvis and the associated organs;

2.      Describe the development and anatomy of the fetus from conception to birth;

3.      Describe the fetal circulation and the changes that occur after birth;

4.      Discuss the need for and purpose of antenatal care and the way in which this needs to be adapted to different social groups;

5.      Demonstrate an abdominal examination of the pregnant woman and conduct the care required by the mother during the three stages of labour and in the puerperium 

6.      Explain an assessment of the newborn baby, including Apgar scoring

7.      State the post natal care required by the mother, including health education in relation to breast feeding, early child development and mother care.

ions, lie and presentations of the baby; describe the fetal movements. 

9.      Students will describe the physiology of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd stage of labour and relates to the birth of the baby.

10.  Acquire specialized knowledge, skills and judgment necessary for the practice of midwifery