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A shortage of qualified midwives means now's the perfect time to switch to this rewarding healthcare field. This course has been especially designed for registered adult nurses and has been developed in partnership with local NHS trusts. Studying midwifery at university will give you an equal mix of theory and practice, preparing you for a new career in just 85 weeks.
You'll spend half your time with us learning theory to meet Nursing and Midwifery Council standards of proficiency. This will cover anatomy, physiology/pathophysiology, cultural and psychosocial issues, interprofessional working, legal and ethical issues.
The other half will focus on clinical practice. You’ll be required to work shifts, experiencing 24-hour, seven-day care to develop your understanding of the needs and experiences of women and babies. You’ll have your own patients and get support from a mentor. To promote efficiency and continuity, you’ll follow a reduced caseload.
Clinical practice will be a vital part of your studies. Your placement will take place at one of our partner hospitals: Whittington Hospital, North Middlesex Hospital, Royal Free London NHS Foundation. Many of our students get their first job after graduation in the same location as their placement.
Your studies will be supported by our brand new facilities, including midwifery skills labs. Additionally, there’s a separate building where you’ll practise with a range of high-quality simulations such as resuscitation as well as dealing with women who require complex care.
Our course is approved by the NMC and you’ll be placed on the professional midwifery register once you graduate. Your career opportunities after the completion of this course can go beyond hospitals. Your skills will be highly sought after by local clinics, GP surgeries, children’s centres, and private practices.
We ensure every student has adequate support throughout their time with us. That’s why you’ll get matched with a Personal Tutor as well as a Student Learning Assistant and a Graduate Academic Assistant. They’ll have experience in your subject area and will be able to help whenever you need.
Our degree is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
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Key modules will provide the necessary theory to meet Nursing and Midwifery Council standards of proficiency for midwifery, which include anatomy and physiology/pathophysiology, cultural and psychosocial issues, interprofessional working, legal and ethical issues.
Upon graduation, you will be able to confidently assess, plan, implement and evaluate effective midwifery care. Your learning will be integrated with other students from our School of Health and Education and designated study days will be organised for shared learning with midwifery, medical and social work students. You will also have the skills to function effectively in a multi-professional team across healthcare and related sectors.
Midwives are the key professionals providing maternity care for mothers and babies. It is vital that midwives have the appropriate knowledge and skills to recognise, assess and communicate risk and be proficient and confident in supporting women, babies and their families in all aspects of childbirth. You will explore wider perspectives in midwifery including ethics in healthcare, the public health role of the midwife and develop management skills.
The modules below aim to ensure that you move towards the role of autonomous midwife practitioners, competent to deal with a variety of normal and/ or challenging situations in midwifery practice. You will learn the midwives' roles, responsibilities and spheres of practice when providing care to healthy women and their babies during pregnancy, labour and postnatally, and integrate theory with practice building on existing knowledge and skills. The emphasis will be on maintaining normality.
This module aims to aid you to integrate anatomy and physiology and related theory with practice, building on your existing nursing knowledge and skills. You will be encouraged to relate this knowledge to the midwife’s role, skills and responsibility when providing care to healthy women and their families during pregnancy, labour and puerperium. Throughout the module the emphasis will be on normal anatomy and physiology, drawing on your previous knowledge as qualified nurses and assisting you in your transition from nurse to midwife.
This module aims to build a firm foundation of knowledge relating to normal midwifery for the mother. In addition it will help you to recognise and appreciate the midwife’s role, responsibilities and sphere of practice when providing care to healthy women during the antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum periods and to enable the integration of theory with practice. During this module, you will build on their communication and research skills. The module will also draw on your previous experiences as nurses to facilitate the transition from nurse to midwife. The MORA (Midwifery Ongoing Record of Achievement) book will be incorporated for this module.
This module is designed to enable you to undertake the examination of the neonate from birth to 6-8 weeks of age. The theoretical and practical knowledge gained during the module will enable theory to be applied to practice with regards to physiology and recognition of deviation from normality in order to support parents in the partnership of care of their new born baby. This will enable the provision of a framework of practice and will empower you in an enhanced and autonomous role as lead professional within the care of the newborn.
The aim of the module is to understand complex care in midwifery and deviations from normality whilst working with the multiagency team. You will be supported to develop an understanding of recognising complexities and effectively managing the mother and her baby to produce good birth outcomes. You will learn to participate and manage emergencies when caring for mothers and fetus/newborn during childbirth process. There will be a focus on midwifery proficiencies in the administration and calculation of medicines.
This module is designed to enable you to undertake the examination of the neonate from birth to 6-8 weeks of age. The theoretical and practical knowledge gained during the module will allow early identification of abnormalities and/or potential problems in order that the baby, parents and professionals can be informed and prepared for the required care. This will enable the provision of a framework of practice and will empower you in an enhanced and autonomous role as lead professional within the care of the newborn.
The aim of the module is to ensure that you move towards the role of autonomous midwife practitioner and that you are competent to deal with a variety of normal and/or challenging situations in midwifery practice. During this module you will be encouraged to scrutinize and reflect upon your own practice and critically examine the impact of external influences on the midwifery profession as you consolidate their management skills within the midwifery practice areas. You will also be able to promote normality, and act as an advocate for women and support their choices. There will be a focus on change management and Innovation to improve on existing practices and offer evidence based midwifery care.
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Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
Career opportunities for midwives go beyond hospitals with antenatal, labour and postnatal wards and neonatal units in the private sector and NHS, these include work in the community, local clinics, children's centres and GP surgeries.
Midwifery is a well-paid field with excellent career progression. Your can also diversify your career adding elements of research, teaching, practice development and management - including management at board level within an NHS trust.
This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and leads to eligibility to receive the status as a Registered Midwife. This means the course is professionally recognised for being of the highest quality, focused on developing the knowledge and skills that employers require.
We are committed to our strong relationships with partner NHS trusts, with whom our programme has been developed. All of our staff have had successful careers as midwives and many of them are still actively involved in practice, not just in the UK but also in developing midwifery overseas.
Yetunde is a midwifery lecturer working at Middlesex University since 2013 with a background as practice development midwives. Her passion is developing future midwifery leaders which has reflected in her teaching throughout the years while her students’ nominated her as the academic teacher of 2017-2018. Yetunde has also garnered international exposure, twinning with an academic teacher in Nigeria; with a collaborative teaching and intellectual development of our students’ across both countries. Yetunde’s interest is ensuring excellence in midwifery practice and contextualise pedagogy use of simulation to prepare students’ to be fit for purpose and practice.
Midwifery BSc graduate
I feel very fortunate to have worked with clients, students and midwives from such a wide variety of geographical, social, cultural and spiritual backgrounds. I've learnt such a lot from that. Middlesex has connections all over the world and I was very lucky to be selected with some of my fellow students to go to China on a two-week trip to a maternity unit in Changzhou to observe maternity care there. It was an amazing experience!
Midwives are very busy with so many demands on their time but as a student I felt I could support women that bit more and be their advocate. The women and families valued that continuity of care. I really hope that as a qualified midwife I will still be able to make the time for that.
I've met some wonderful people and I know we will stay in touch, wherever we end up working. It has been an overwhelming physically, emotionally and intellectually challenging three years. And I've loved it. Once I have some experience I would definitely like to do some work abroad, short or long term with the Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières or VSO for example. And in a few years, when I find the time and the energy, I would like to tackle a masters.
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