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Enhancing midwifery practice for optimum birth | HP7037Y | Level 7 | Credits 30 | 2019/20
Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education
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Enhancing midwifery practice for optimum birth | HP7037Y | Level 7 | Credits 30 | 2019/20
05/03/2020 | Available
05/03/2020, 12/03/2020, 19/03/2020, 26/03/2020, 02/04/2020, 09/04/2020, 16/04/2020, 23/04/2020, 07/05/2020, 21/05/2020
** Applications will ordinarily close 21 days before start date of a course.


This module will enable students to apply the philosophy of normal childbirth and further develop their knowledge and skills of enhancing birth physiology in any birth setting, irrespective of whether the women has risk factors, thus providing the optimal birth for all women.

The module aims to enable students to critically appraise the philosophy of normal childbirth and enhance evidence based knowledge, skills and attitudes to promote optimal birth in any birth setting. It will also facilitate in-depth exploration and critique of the evidence base for normalisation of birth.


Who is this module for?

Midwives and other practitioners such as parent educators or specialist public health nurses interested in promoting normal birth.


Applicants will be required to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Hold a recognised health-related professional qualification and current professional registration.
  • Hold an Honours degree 2(ii) or above from a UK or Republic of Ireland university. An Honours degree equivalent to a 2(ii) or above from an approved institution of higher education outside the UK and Republic of Ireland will be accepted. Advice on equivalence of overseas awards will be obtained from the National Recognition and Information Centre for the UK (NARIC).
  • Normally have a minimum of one year's post-qualifying practice experience. Module specific practice related requirements and additional entry criteria will apply to some modules and these will be indicated in the module outlines.


Non-standard applicants

Applications will be considered from non-standard applicants who can demonstrate the following certificated learning:

  • a DipHE from a UK or Republic of Ireland university or equivalent qualification from an approved institution of higher education outside the UK and Republic of Ireland

and one of the following completed within the last five years:

  • successful completion of a standalone module at level M OR
  • a minimum of 30 credits from standalone modules at level 6, at or above grade B (60%).

Proficiency in English language

Evidence of English language testing will be required from all applicants for whom English is not their first language and who have not previously undertaken studies in English. The required level of proficiency will be a minimum overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score (or equivalent) of 6.5, with no section achieving less than 6.0. Evidence of proficiency must be dated within the last two years. Applicants who have taken the examination more than twice in one year will not be considered.

International applicants

All international applicants must satisfy the requirements of the UK Border Agency in relation to St George's responsibilities as a Highly Trusted Sponsor for students (Tier 4).

Advanced practice route

Applicants for this route will be required to meet all the following additional requirements:

  • a minimum of two years full-time experience (or the equivalent in part-time hours) in health or social care employment
  • be employed in a senior role
  • demonstrate they are working in a practice setting which enables the achievement of the specialist compulsory module outcomes relating to the Advanced Practice competencies (Great Britain, Department of Health, 2010).

Business case

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate mastery of knowledge and in depth understanding of the historical perspectives of childbirth and how they influence contemporary practice.
  2. Critically appraise and make informed judgements regarding a range of theories related to the philosophy of physiological birth.
  3. Demonstrate a deep and systematic understanding of factors which influence normalisation of birth within the birth environment.
  4. Critically appraise change management theory and leadership styles, synthesising innovative strategies for the promotion of normal birth.
  5. Systematically enquire and critically appraise evidence related to the bio/psychosocial aspects of promoting optimal birth.
  6. Demonstrate in depth knowledge and critical appraisal of the evidence related to the practice of promotion of normal birth.


Course length: 10 Teaching Days


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Course Leader
Name: Lindsay Gillman

Self Funding: £1690.00

*Trust Commissioning and Trust Non-contract funding same price as above

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