Physiology of labour

Integrated course, 1.50 ECTS


Course content

This course deals with the theory and practice of terms and factors relevant to labour and normal spontaneous delivery. Vaginal examination, perineal massage and support and maneuvers for the birth of the fetus are demonstrated and practiced by using a model.
This course aims at understanding the mechanism of labour in normal spontaneous delivery from the 1st and 2nd occiput presentations. The students learn how to describe the progress of labour, assess the fetal position, dilatation of the cervix. They enhance their competencies of monitoring fetal and maternal wellbeing in labour and acquire a repertoire of massage techniques and breathing support.

Learning outcomes

1. The students know the physiology of birth of the child in cephalic presentation, can supervise it and assess the progress of labour, take appropriate measures to apply the correct delivery manoevres of child and placenta and implement theory and practice in the subsequent placement.
2. The students can
• diagnose pregnancy by external and internal examination
• assess the regular course of pregnancy, birth and the puerperium as well as the healthy development of the newborn and can take adequate measures.