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● Perform a holistic evaluation of the neonate’s physical, psychological, and social well-being.
● Apply knowledge of neonatal physiology to communicate and provide evidence-based advice, support, and education regarding infant feeding and routine infant care to caregivers.
● Apply knowledge and understanding of transition to extrauterine life to the midwifery care required by the newly born infant.
● Apply knowledge & understanding of normal neonatal physiology to the prevention, identification, and management of the common/minor disorders of the neonate.
● Perform & document appropriately the necessary observations, tests, procedures, and care activities required by the neonate in the maintenance & assurance of their well-being.
● Identify robust sources of midwifery knowledge regarding neonatal health and well-being.
● Describe the research process and various methodologies underpinning published investigations of neonatal health and well-being.
Genetics & Embryology
Fetal growth and development. Fetal Circulation.
Adaptation to extrauterine life. Initial Care of the Neonate. Discuss and practice the initial steps of neonatal resuscitation.
Discuss the physiology of thermoregulation. Maintaining a safe environment. Identification bracelets, security tagging, safe positioning of the baby. Describe the normal behaviour of the baby during the first weeks of life Daily assessment and care.
Discuss the recognition and assessment of physiological jaundice and the role of the midwife in its management and care. Discuss the care of the baby undergoing phototherapy and the advice necessary for parents.
The role of the midwife in assessment and care of the baby with common neonatal infections
Recognition and prevention of infections including-Umbilical cord infection, eye infections, mouth and skin infections, gastro- intestinal infections and candida albicans.
Newborn Screening tests Immunisations
Discuss the newborn screening and immunisation programmes-
Promoting parent-infant relationship;
Consider how the midwife may foster the parent infant relationship. Discuss how to register a birth.
Safe sterilisation and preparation of infant formula where appropriate.
Physiology of the neonatal digestive system, nutritional comparison of breast milk and infant formula
Discuss the historical review of breastfeeding, politics of breastfeeding, baby friendly initiative and the short and long term benefits of breastfeeding for babies’ women and society. Applied anatomy and physiology of lactation. Initiation of breastfeeding. Maintaining breastfeeding. Common breastfeeding challenges and their solutions.
Infant at Birth:
Initial assessment at birth including the Apgar score
Physiology of the newborn
Head to Toe Examination of the Newborn shortly after birth
Care of the Newborn:
Midwife’s First Examination of the Newborn
Daily Care & Assessment of the Newborn
Examination of the Newborn prior to discharge home
Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders in the Newborn
Infant Feeding: Breastfeeding, artificial feeding – how to make up infant formula
Maintaining the Newborn Neonatal Energy Triangle
Minor disorders in the newborn
Superficial infections in the newborn
Care of the newborn
Examination & Assessment of the newborn
Related clinical skills (delivered face-to-face in simulation lab):
Preparation & administration of IM injections
Newborn blood spot screening – skill
Neonatal Resuscitation Workshop (NRP)- Initial Steps of Resuscitation
Four hours of lectures and recommended activities to examine and evaluate the research methodologies underpinning identified clinical guidelines/journal articles re: neonatal health and well-being.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Assignment: Video assignment.
Student may select one of two topics to record. A supporting 'storyboard' written text and reference list must be submitted with the video recording.
|Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Standard conversion grade scale 40%||No||
|Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Online MCQ x2 administrated via Brightspace. First exam Week 5. Second exam on week 11. Fifteen (15) questions per MCQ examination.||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40%||Yes||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback
• Self-assessment activities
Online MCQs via Brightspace- result released immediately. Portfolio work- result released end of trimester via Brightspace. Video assignment submission- individual feedback released via Brightspace prior to PERC.
|Dr Deirdre O'Donnell||Lecturer / Co-Lecturer|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12||Mon 09:00 - 10:50|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - 5||Mon 09:00 - 10:50|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - 1, 4||Thurs 14:00 - 15:50|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - 12||Wed 10:30 - 12:00|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - 2, 4, 5, 8||Wed 11:00 - 11:50|
|Lecture||Offering 2||Week(s) - 12||Wed 09:00 - 10:30|
|Lecture||Offering 2||Week(s) - 2, 4, 5, 8||Wed 10:00 - 10:50|