Department of Health Studies

Midwifery

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Curriculum

1. Semester

Gynaecology | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465108 Basic knowledge of care 1 SWS 1 ECTS
In theoretical and practical classes the students acquire fundamental knowledge of nursing in areas relevant in midwifery (body care, control of vital signs, mobilization, positioning and bedding, thrombosis and pneumonia prevention etc.) and are made familiar with the legal framework and documentation. The acquire knowledge about nursing theories (nursing models, nursing process, nursing diagnoses…)
Gynaecology | Lecture (Vo) | Coursecode: 110465106 Principles of hospital hygiene 1 SWS 1 ECTS
The students acquire fundamental knowledge in hygiene in practical case studies and according to evidence based medicine and midwifery guidelines.
Gynaecology | Seminar (Se) | Coursecode: 110465107 Sexuality and family planning 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course deals with aspects of human sexuality relevant to obstetrics: Effects of female genital mutilation on pregnancy and labour, the importance of own sexual identity for parenthood, sexuality in pregnancy and during breastfeeding etc. Special focus is put on the different methods of family planning – contraception as well as desired pregnancy- in order to be able to give competent advice in the future.
Modultitel Englisch Medical foundations | Lecture (Vo) | Coursecode: 110465102 General anatomy 2 SWS 2 ECTS
The students acquire the foundations of anatomy and histoanatomy
Modultitel Englisch Medical foundations | Lecture (Vo) | Coursecode: 110465104 Physiology 1 SWS 1 ECTS
Foundations of physiology and special professional knowledge of the physiological characteristics in the human organism . The students are able to understand the principles of physiological processes and know in detail acid-base metabolism.
Modultitel Englisch Medical foundations | Lecture (Vo) | Coursecode: 110465105 Reproductive biology and embryology 2 SWS 2 ECTS
In this course the students learn about the different cellular connections and processes. United cell structures form tissues and larger organisations (e.g. epithelial tissue, connective tissue, supporting tissue, muscular tissue, nervous tissue etc.) This provides the basis for the understanding of the fine structure of the female and male reproductive organs. Apart from the information about morphology, a general understanding of the function and role of these organs in the reproductive process are focused on. Furthermore, the foundations of the development of the human embryo from week one to eight are dealt with, with a special focus on the placenta.
Modultitel Englisch Medical foundations | Lecture (Vo) | Coursecode: 110465103 Special anatomy 1 SWS 1 ECTS
Based on the foundations of general anatomy special focus is given to the anatomical structures and organizations that are of particular relevance to midwives (pelvis, pelvic floor, diameters and skull circumference of the child, reproductive organs, nerve cell connections, etc.)
Placement 1 | Seminar (Se) | Coursecode: 110465118 Integrative process 1 3 SWS 2 ECTS
In this course the learning objectives that the teaching midwife and the student have agreed on are continuously assessed. This is done by structured guided and / or supervised practice of previously learned processes and by demonstration of correct procedures and by structured feedback.
In semester 1 the course deals with the introduction to midwifery, preparation and reflection of the placement experience and clinical supervision on placement.
all settings:
• basic nursing care and observation of clinical cases
• use of materials and instruments and patient contact by applying hygienic standards
• recognition of the needs of clients in requirement of care
• introduction to documentation

delivery suite:
• basic support and care of the labouring woman
• basic pregnant woman care (external examination for determining fetal position, Leopold manoevres, pelvic dimensions, external signs of pregnancy, EDD,checking fetal heart sound by fetal stethoscope and CTG)

nursery and breastfeeding clinic:
• fundamental skills of newborn care and observation
brestfeeding support
Placement 1 | Work placement (BP) | Coursecode: 110465119 Placement 1 (7 weeks) 0 SWS 9 ECTS
Practical experience of previously acquired theoretical knowledge:
all settings:
• basic nursing care and observation of clinical cases
• use of materials and instruments and patient contact by applying hygienic standards
• recognition of the needs of clients in requirement of care
• introduction to documentation

delivery suite:
• basic support and care of the labouring woman
• basic pregnant woman care (external examination for determining fetal position, Leopold manoevres, pelvic dimensions, external signs of pregnancy, EDD, checking fetal heart sound by fetal stethoscope and CTG)

nursery and breastfeeding clinic:
• fundamental skills of newborn care and observation
• brestfeeding support
Pregnancy and labour | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465110 Introduction to obstetrics 2 SWS 2 ECTS
This is an overview course and covers the care and monitoring duties of the midwife in the delivery suite and is an introduction into the spontaneous delivery. Possibilities to support the laboring woman like breathing support and positions for easy laboring can be tried out and tested. The students look at pain and labour from an emotional point-of-view.
Pregnancy and labour | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465111 Medical technology, instruments and equipment in obstetrics 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course offers an overview of the equipment used in obstetrics and obstetric exams. In practical classes the students learn how to use the instruments, thus, they are prepared for clinical practice.

At the end of the course the students are able to safely use the instruments (general obstetric equipment and equipment used in obstetric care) and know how to prepare them properly and know if they do not function adequately. They are able to prepare the trolley for gynaecological and obstetrical interventions and assist at them correctly.
Pregnancy and labour | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465109 Physiology and diagnosis of pregnancy 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course deals with the diagnosis of pregnancy, duration of pregnancy, estimation of date of delivery, principles of embryonic and placental development and knowledge of the fetal heart rate. The students acquire the theory , skills and competencies necessary for internal and external prenatal examination. The students are familiar with duration of pregnancy, pregnancy tests and signs of pregnancy and are able to estimate the date of delivery. They acquire an overview of embryonic and placental development and know the different emotional states during pregnancy. They can carry out independently Leopold’s manoevers, external measurement of the pelvis, measurement of the symphysis-fundal distance and the abdominal circumference and can use the Pinard stethoscope.
Professional orientation | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465114 Communication 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course provides an overview of the communication theories according to P. P. Watzlawick and F. Schulz von Thun. The students practice and reflect on issues related to their own future professional context (agreeing on objectives, feedback). They acquire knowledge about personality types according to F. Schulz von Thun and reflect upon their impact on communication. They learn to differentiate between perception, observation, and interpretation and reflect on the effect of interpretation of reality by means of imagination (Schulz v. Thun). They are given an introduction into client-centered negotiation skills according to C. Rogers.
Professional orientation | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465117 Introduction to scientific work 1 SWS 1 ECTS
The students acquire fundamental writing competence and apply this in a seminar paper. They are introduced to the library and can search for literature in online sources. They are able to compile a reference list and use direct quotes and paraphrases formatted according to APA or Harvard styles.

Aims and learning outcomes of this course: The students should be able to
• use the library of the UAS FH JOANNEUM for their own literature search
• recognize the difference between a personal writing style and scientific writing
• name the different stages of the writing process
• use citation styles correctly (APA, Harvard)
• name and use the criteria for the assessment of an academic paper
• write a seminar paper and correct it with feedback
Professional orientation | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465116 Midwifery in the Austrian health care system 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course provides an introduction into health care and focuses on demographic indicators and morbidity and mortality of the Austrian population. The students are given an on overview of the different benefit schemes of the Austrian health service for in- and outpatients. Preventive medicine and promotion of health in midwifery contexts as well as financial aspects of quality assurance are further issues of this course.
Professional orientation | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465115 Sociology 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course examines gender relationships in the modern consumer, risk and media societies. It gives insight into present-day social class theories, gender and cultural studies and feminist science criticism. Feminism and gender politics, socioeconomic and cultural conditions of female life today, of birth, parenthood and motherhood and midwifery work in an era of neoliberalism and globalization are discussed. It reflects the adoption /deconstruction and reconstruction, representation and ritualization of gender and encourages critical discourse of historical and current knowledge formations as well as power and authority formations. Theories, methods and issues of women’s and gender studies that are relevant to midwifery practice and research are introduced and discussed.
Puerperium: mother and newborn | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465112 Baby care and newborn physiology 1 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course deals with the initial care and assessment of the newborn, general care of the newborn and the baby and issues of physiology of the early and late newborn stage. The students are given an overview of the tasks of the midwife in the early and late newborn stage. This course integrates theoretical knowledge and practical skills of how to handle a newborn/baby. and aims at a structured initial assessment of the newborn (signs of maturation, diagnosing malformation) for early detection of pathology.
Puerperium: mother and newborn | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465113 Breast feeding and support 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course focuses on the knowledge of breast anatomy and the physiology of lactation, breast feeding and breast feeding behavior in the first two weeks of life: breast milk production, physiology and sucking reflexes, signs of hunger, drinking amounts, breastfeeding frequency, positions and background conditions for a successful breastfeeding relationship right from the start.
The students are familiar with the theory of breastfeeding and can give breastfeeding support in the early puerperium. They are able to support the mother under normal breastfeeding conditions. They know the national and international breastfeeding guidelines and the most popular breast feeding internet sites.

2. Semester

Developing viewpoints | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465211 English for Midwives 1 1 SWS 1 ECTS
The students know the specialist vocabulary of midwifery and get to know midwifery around the world.
Developing viewpoints | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465212 Scientific work 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course provides an introduction to scientific work, midwifery research and the academic search for literature. (Sources of knowledge for midwives, signs, purpose, limitations and history of science, research process and ethics of research). The students have insight into midwifery science literature (data banks, structure of a research report).
Gynaecology | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465203 Gynaecological care 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course prepares the midwifery student for the conservative and surgical care of women with gynaecological problems. They acquire specialist nursing skills as well as organization and planning skills. They know the clinical guidelines and standards of practice for the following:
Catheterization of women, giving injections (s.c. and i.m.), phlebotomy, finger stick, setting up an intravenous line (indwelling venous access.)
Basics of evidence based nursing and midwifery concepts:
• basal stimulation
• kinaesthetics
• therapeutic touch
• anthroposophical nursing practice (e.g. compresses, poultices and fomentations)
• palliative care
Gynaecology | Lecture (Vo) | Coursecode: 110465202 Gynaecology 2 SWS 2 ECTS
This course focuses on fundamental anatomical and functional aspects and physiology and pathology of the female urogenital system and the female breast.
Medical conditions complicating pregnancy and childbirth | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465206 Counselling and care in pregnancy 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course deals with the physical and mental changes that a woman undergoes in pregnancy. The students learn how to look after the well-being of the woman during this time and how to give specialist care if minor disorders occur.
Special emphasis is placed upon a holistic view of the special situation of the pregnant woman and on the task of antenatal counseling. The students are given the opportunity to focus on medical and holistic aspects of care as well as on the importance of achieving client compliance and on successful communication .
Medical foundations: special aspects | Lecture (Vo) | Coursecode: 110465201 General pathology 3 SWS 2.5 ECTS
This course deals with general and specific pathology and focuses on the female reproductive organs and pregnancy. Apart from understanding the causes and the course of a disease, the students acquire a general understanding of pathology and of various diseases.
Medical foundations: special aspects | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465205 Microbiology in obstetrics 1.5 SWS 1.5 ECTS
This course focuses on the most relevant pathogenic organisms that are harmful for mother and child in the preconception period as well as prepartally, peripartally and postpartally. Practical case studies and role plays prepare for professional consultation situations which represent a major part of midwifery work.
Placement 2 | Seminar (Se) | Coursecode: 110465215 Integrative process 2 2 SWS 1 ECTS
In this course the learning objectives that the teaching midwife and the student have agreed on are continuously assessed. This is done by structured guided and / or supervised practice of previously learned processes and by demonstration of correct procedures and by structured feedback.
In semester 2 the course deals with the reflection of the demands on midwives in midwifery practice, preparation and reflection of the placement experience and clinical supervision on placement.

Practical experience of previously acquired theoretical knowledge:
Gynaecology and oncology:
• basic nursing care of gynaecological and obstetrical patients
• use of materials and instruments and patient contact by applying hygienic standards

delivery suite:
• basic support and care of the labouring woman
• fundamentals of interpretation of the cardiotocograph and fetal heart frequency patterns and the course of labour

all settings:
• documentation
Placement 2 | Work placement (BP) | Coursecode: 110465216 Placement 2 (8weeks) 0 SWS 11 ECTS
Practical experience of previously acquired theoretical knowledge:
Gynaecology and oncology:
• basic nursing care of gynaecological and obstetrical patients
• use of materials and instruments and patient contact by applying hygienic standards

delivery suite:
• support and care of the labouring woman
• fundamentals of interpretation of the cardiotocograph and fetal heart frequency patterns and the course of labour

all settings:
• documentation
Pregnancy and labour | Seminar (Se) | Coursecode: 110465213 Managing conflict and supervision 1 SWS 0.5 ECTS
This course reflects upon the modwife’s role in conflict situations by providing an overview of the theory of conflicts, the different kinds of conflict, escalation and de-escalation and the purpose of conflict. Managing conflict situations entails knowledge of self-help, conflict in organizations, team conflicts, conflicts with clients, conflict of values, basic models and types of conflict resolution, nonviolent communication, mediation and prevention of bullying. Under supervision the students are able to deal with different professional conflict situations.
Pregnancy and labour | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465207 Physiology of labour 2 SWS 1.5 ECTS
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.
Professional orientation | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465210 Documentation 1 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course integrates the theory of documentation in pregnancy, during delivery and in childbed with practical training sessions by using different documentary systems. This course enables the students to find their way through the currently common systems and to know the main documentation parameters.

This course aims at knowledge of documentation systems in midwifery practice and at fundamental documentation skills. Upon completion of this course the students are able to know which and how to write down information and to find it in the case notes. They are able to generate information from documentation systems in use, prioritize information and transfer it into an oral report.
Professional orientation | Lecture (Vo) | Coursecode: 110465214 Legal foundations of midwifery 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course uses legal sources to define the central regulations for the job of a midwife (training, programme, professional activity of midwives).

The students acquire the relevant terminology of midwifery law, social insurance law and the legal protection of mother and child.
Puerperium: mother and newborn | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465209 Baby care and newborn physiology 2 1.5 SWS 1.5 ECTS
This course focuses on the initial care of the newborn. Birth injuries, adaptation disturbance and malformation. Experiential activities such as field trips to the phototherapy and the sleep laboratories aid in the understanding of SIDS and in understanding the prevention guidelines.

The students enhance their knowledge of the physiology and the anatomy of the newborn and the physiological changes in the first few days of life. In addition, they know the right measures to take in the case of adaptation disabilities. They are able to recognize malformations and know about the therapeutic possibilities.
Puerperium: mother and newborn | Lecture (Vo) | Coursecode: 110465204 Neonatology and paediatrics 1 1.5 SWS 1.5 ECTS
This course provides an introduction into the basic terminology of paediatrics and neonatology with a focus on newborn care in the delivery suite, handling of resuscitation equipment, asphyxia and aspiration syndrome. The students learn in detail how to examine a newborn and know about newborn dietary options.
Puerperium: mother and newborn | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465208 Physiology of the puerperium 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course focuses on the physiology and the pathology of the postpartal stage. The students acquire a sound knowledge of the physiological and pathological processes in the postpartal stage and are able to differentiate between them. (involution of the birth organs, hormonal changes, typical changes in the puerperium, diagnosis and therapy approaches, duties of the midwife, daily check-ups, puerperal hygiene)

3. Semester

Developing viewpoints | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465308 Ethics and professional studies 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course is designed to provide an appreciation of the history, political and social issues in midwifery. This course also increases appreciation of the variety of roles that a midwife can play (practitioner and counselor, educator and researcher). The course offers discussion of issues like principles of ethics, ethical dilemmas, medical ethics, ICM international code of ethics, code of ethics for midwives and these procedures and theories are applied to real maternity care situations. Practical case studies are used to discuss normative issues in reproductive procedures and PND, represent the ethical dilemmas in obstetrics and aid in finding solutions and in developing good ethical practices.
Developing viewpoints | Lecture (Vo) | Coursecode: 110465301 Genetics and reproductive medicine 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course presents the foundations of knowledge of human genetics and shows its current possibilities and limitations.

The students are offered basic principles of cytogenetics (cell division, chromosome structure, caryograms), molecular genetics, the most common numerical and structural chromosome aberrations, genetics, the most common genetic diseases and genetic counseling. At the interface between midwifery and human genetics, they discuss issues like familial breast cancer, kinds, quality, possibilities and consequences of prenatal diagnosis and of preimplantation diagnosis.
Developing viewpoints | Lecture (Vo) | Coursecode: 110465306 Psychology and developmental psychology 2 SWS 2 ECTS
This course is based on contemporary developmental psychology and deals with prenatal development and early childhood. (Competent infants and their needs, developmental risk factors and problems, intervention and prevention, family systems theory, establishing rapport).

The course offers an overview of the multifaceted developmental psychology of the unborn child and the young infant. This enables the midwife to maintain the healthy development of the child and to recognize problems that require intervention and prevention.
Medical conditions complicating pregnancy and childbirth | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465309 Abnormal labour 1.5 SWS 1 ECTS
This course deals with abnormal labour. First, there is a theoretical introduction into malpositions and abnormal fetal attitudes and difficult and forced birth of the head; this is complemented by practical classes on the model. The advantages of upright birth positions, special assistance with malpositions and abnormal fetal attitudes and the support of women in difficult labour are topics also focused on.

The students learn to recognize early pathological labour and to take the appropriate measures to optimize the further course of labour. By vaginal examination of the obstetric model they become familiar with malpositions and abnormal fetal attitudes and know different birthing positions so that they can provide optimum labour support. They know of the advantages of the upright birthing positions and can support the perineum.
Medical conditions complicating pregnancy and childbirth | Lecture (Vo) | Coursecode: 110465304 Neonatology and paediatrics 2 2 SWS 2 ECTS
This course aims at enhancing the knowledge acquired in the first course and focuses on special problems of the neonate such as changes of the skull, the sense organs, developmental dysplasia, paresis, birth trauma and emergency situations in the delivery suite and their effects on the newborn, The digestive system, diarrhoea and skeletal and genital problems are also focused on.
Medical conditions complicating pregnancy and childbirth | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465302 Pathology of pregnancy and labour 2 SWS 2 ECTS
This course offers the basics of prenatal diagnosis and also focuses on the specific management of pathological conditions during pregnancy. The students deal with high risk pregnancy and labour and practice independent management and problem solving strategies. They learn to recognize severe pathological complications of pregnancy and labour. They acquire the skill to repair wounds and tears on suturing practice models. They learn to differentiate between physiological and pathological labour and know when taking therapeutic measures is necessary.
Medical foundations: special aspects | Lecture (Vo) | Coursecode: 110465305 Pharmacology and anaesthetics in obsetrics 2 SWS 2 ECTS
This course focuses on the pharmacological foundations and medications administered in the periparatal phase and on the basics of anaesthetics and pain management. The students are able to apply this knowledge when dealing with pregnant women and in the delivery suite. They are given an overview of the most relevant anaesthetic medications, monitoring and interpreting vital parameters. They learn how to set up an intravenous line and how to assist the anaesthetic staff.

The students learn how to assist in the anaesthetic management of a pregnant woman, how to recognize and to interpret changes of single vital parameters and how to take the necessary measures, which guarantees effective collaboration between midwives and anaesthetic staff.
The students are familiar with the most important pharmacological terminology and know about efficiency, indications, administration, effects and side-effects of medications.
Midwife-led obstetrics | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465310 Post-natal hospital and home care 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course teaches the principles of postpartum visits.The students learn to monitor the postpartum adaptation process of the woman in the home setting and to structure extra-mural postpartum care independently.
Placement 3 | Seminar (Se) | Coursecode: 110465315 Integrative process 3 1.5 SWS 1 ECTS
In this course the learning objectives that the teaching midwife and the student have agreed on are continuously assessed. This is done by structured guided and / or supervised practice of previously learned processes and by demonstration of correct procedures and by structured feedback.
In semester 3 the course deals with the reflection of the demands on midwives in midwifery practice, preparation and reflection of the placement experience and clinical supervision on placement.

Practical experience of previously acquired theoretical knowledge:

delivery suite:
• support and care of the labouring woman
• fundamentals of interpretation of the cardiotocograph and fetal heart frequency patterns and the course of labour
• evaluation of the placental period
• primary assessment and care of the newborn

birth house, home birth placement:
• reflection and case discussion

family planning clinic, midwifery office:
• observation and reflection of consultations

all settings:
• documentation
Placement 3 | Work placement (BP) | Coursecode: 110465316 Placement 3 (8 weeks) 0 SWS 11 ECTS
Practical experience of previously acquired theoretical knowledge:

delivery suite:
• support and care of the labouring woman
• fundamentals of interpretation of the cardiotocograph and fetal heart frequency patterns and the course of labour
• evaluation of the placental period
• primary assessment and care of the newborn

birth house, home birth placement:
• reflection and case discussion

family planning clinic, midwifery office:
• observation and reflection of consultations

all settings:
• documentation
Puerperium: special aspects | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465307 Breast feeding support in special situations 1 SWS 1 ECTS
In this course the students learn to recognize and differentiate between the causes of different breast feeding problems and get to know challenging breastfeeding contexts (breast feeding after breast surgery, breastfeeding with sore nipples, too much and too little milk, failure to thrive, breastfeeding of the newborn) The students are given the foundations for planning and managing treatment and support (weaning, using breast pumps and formula food). They learn to evaluate national and international breast feeding guidelines and the most popular breast feeding internet sites.
Puerperium: special aspects | Seminar (Se) | Coursecode: 110465312 Crisis intervention and supervision 1 SWS 1 ECTS
In this course the role of the midwife in situations of crisis and developmental crises („becoming parents“) are examined. The students are introduced into the topic of crisis intervention (definition of crisis, types of crises, trauma, causes of crises, course of crises, crisis intervention, reflexion by using practical examples). This course offers the opportunity to carry out group supervision of crisis situations experienced during the placement. (e.g. stillbirth, family violence, excessive demand on the mother and family etc.)
Puerperium: special aspects | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465311 Documentation 2 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This seminar deals with documentation in the puerperium and the differences between the combined documentation of both mother and child and separated documentation systems. Common or rare situations of day-to-day midwifery care and freelance midwifery practice are collected and documented. The students compile their own documentation sheet and learn to use it in their future daily routine.
Puerperium: special aspects | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465313 English for Midwives 2 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course focuses on the efficient communication in English language with the pregnant woman and the woman in the puerperium. They simulate prenatal care simulations ( admission interview and course of pregnancy) and compile a vocabulary for the different stages of labour and the puerperium, instruments and equipment, medications and breathing and relaxation exercises and postnatal exercises.)
Puerperium: special aspects | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465303 Pathology of the puerperium 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course deals with the differential diagnoses of mildly pathological to severe clinical conditions in the puerperium: Causes, course, differences, clinical signs, therapy and consequences (e.g. inflammatory conditions in the puerperium,. haemorrhage and medication)
Puerperium: special aspects | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465314 Science and research in health care 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course is designed to give an overview of qualitative and quantitative research approaches, methods of data collection and data analysis in health care by using texts and papers from the topic area of the puerperium.

4. Semester

Bachelor paper 1 | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465410 Evidence-based midwifery 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course deals with different schemes for the critical appraisal of the midwifery research literature in theory and practice.
Consultation | Seminar (Se) | Coursecode: 110465404 Complementary medicine in midwifery 2 SWS 1.5 ECTS
This course provides an introduction into different treatment methods in complementary medicine and herbal medicine, their philosophy and theories as well as their relevance to midwifery practice.
Consultation | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465403 Nutrition and dietetics for mother and baby 1.5 SWS 1.5 ECTS
This course concentrates on the foundations of dietetics with a special focus on nutrition in pregnancy, puerperium, breastfeeding and the first twelve months of infancy. Among the issues dealt with in this course are prevention of diet-related conditions during pregnancy as well as their dietary therapy (e.g. hyperemesis, itching, folic acid deficiency, dietary proteins and EPH gestosis, premature labour, food-borne parasites), gestational diabetes, nutritional behaviour, nutrients for mother and child, food additives, efficiency of herbal therapy, dietary supplements and functional food. In practical classes the students prepare different kinds of baby food.
Consultation | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465409 Teaching approaches and consultation in adult education ! 2 SWS 2 ECTS
This course introduces into fundamental theories of educational science and psychology of learning that are applicable in educational settings of midwifery practice, society and health care. An analysis of different models of health care opens up new perspectives. The students document midwifery teaching concepts in a portfolio.

The students are introduced to health education in maternity care and develop ideas, concepts and practical teaching skills for its implementation in their professional practice.
The students
• get to know and critically appraise and try out different teaching approaches
• deal with educational issues of their own choice and present them in class
• deal with different teaching tools in adult education
• acquire and practice different approaches and techniques of consultation
Midwife-led obstetrics | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465405 Antenatal care in midwifery 1.5 SWS 1 ECTS
This course focuses on the organization contents and limitations of antenatal care of healthy women provided by the midwife and includes care processes for the midwifery visits.
Midwife-led obstetrics | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465406 Care during the puerperium: a core competence 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This is the last part of the module ‘theory of postpartum care’ and compares ideals of clinical and non-clinical settings with regard to organization and implementation of care. Case studies of difficult breastfeeding situations are presented and coping strategies are developed.
Midwife-led obstetrics | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465412 English for Midwives 3 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course increases oral communication and reading skills in English language necessary to deal with issues such as midwifery in Austria and EU directives, communicating with the woman in pregnancy and labour, complications during pregnancy, diet, newborn assessment and family planning.
Midwife-led obstetrics | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465407 Midwifery care in the non-clinical setting 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course uses statistical evidence to investigate midwifery-led birth in clinical and non-clinical settings. The students learn to apply criteria from pregnancy to the post placenta period that aid in the decision to refer the woman to obstetric medical care. They deal with the organization and legal foundations to prepare and carry out midwifery- led care. They are able to make their own decisions if referral is required.
Midwife-led obstetrics | Seminar (Se) | Coursecode: 110465411 Self management and supervision 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This courses deals with work-life balance (Which position does the job adopt in life? How can job and family life be integrated? How can women cope with this?), health, self-management, values and happiness in working life with a special focus on burnout prevention.
Obstetric medicine | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465408 Management of peripartal emergencies 1 SWS 1 ECTS
In this course the students further develop their knowledge of pathological pregnancy and labour and enhance their management skills of the pathologies in an interprofessional context (e.g. guidelines for shoulder dystocia, unexpected haemorrhage, preterm labour, gestosis and eclampsia). The students work out emergency reminders and practice the procedures on obstetric models.
Obstetric medicine | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465402 Neonatology and paediatrics 3 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course focuses on the treatment and care of neonates and the management of lung maturation and the assessment and treatment of intracranial haemorrhage in premature neonates and newborns. Treatment of newborn jaundice, malformation and neonatal sepsis are also issues focused on.
Obstetric medicine | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465401 Obstetric pathologies 2 3 SWS 3 ECTS
The students learn to differentiate between physiological and pathological labour from the obstetric perspective and learn to recognize when and which therapeutic interventions are needed.
Special emphasis is placed upon pathologies, blood parameters and blood test results, confident handling of the CTG and interpreting CTG results. The course aims at routine handling of obstetric pathologies.

The students practice suturing techniques and learn to repair obstetric injuries on a model. They are also given an introduction into diagnostic ultrasound in fetal scanning.
Placement 4 | Work placement (BP) | Coursecode: 110465413 Integrative process 4 3 SWS 2 ECTS
In this course the learning objectives that the teaching midwife and the student have agreed on are continuously assessed. This is done by structured guided and / or supervised practice of previously learned processes and by demonstration of correct procedures and by structured feedback.
In semester 4 the course deals with the reflection of the demands on midwives in midwifery practice, preparation and reflection of the placement experience and clinical supervision on placement.

antenatal clinic, antenatal diagnosis:
• carrying out antenatal examinations
• diagnostic measures to recognize pathologies
• carrying out and reflection of consultations

delivery suite:
• support and care of the labouring woman
• fundamentals of interpretation of the cardiotocograph and fetal heart frequency patterns
• evaluation of the third stage of labour
• primary assessment and care of the newborn

birth house, home birth placement:
• reflection and case discussion
• planning of parentcraft classes
• carrying out and reflection of single parentcraft classes
• practice in counsultation

family planning clinic, midwifery office:
• observation and reflection of consultations
• reflection of care situations

all settings:
• documentation
Placement 4 | Work placement (BP) | Coursecode: 110465414 Placement 4 (9 weeks) 0 SWS 12 ECTS
Practical experience of previously acquired theoretical knowledge:


antenatal clinic, antenatal diagnosis:
• carrying out antenatal examinations
• diagnostic measures to recognize pathologies
• carrying out and reflection of consultations

delivery suite:
• support and care of the labouring woman
• fundamentals of interpretation of the cardiotocograph and fetal heart frequency patterns
• evaluation of the third stage of labour
• primary assessment and care of the newborn

birth house, home birth placement:
• reflection and case discussion
• planning of parentcraft classes
• carrying out and reflection of single parentcraft classes
• practice in consultation

family planning clinic, midwifery office:
• observation and reflection of consultations
• reflection of care situations

all settings:
• documentation

5. Semester

Bachelor paper 1 | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465506 English for Midwives 4 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course improves reading comprehension (EBM). The students study English language research literature needed for their bachelor paper and write an abstract. The course also offers a problem based approach to lactation consultation.
Bachelor paper 1 | Seminar (Se) | Coursecode: 110465508 Seminar bachelor paper 1 1 SWS 4 ECTS
This course supports the students when writing a bachelor paper about a topic relevant to midwifery practice. (topic area analysis, limitations and delimitations, statement of the research problem, framework and guidelines, structure ). The students discuss their ideas, approaches and conclusions in peers and under guidance and supervision, which enhances the process of scientific paper writing.
Consultation | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465502 Psychosomatic gynaecology 1 SWS 1 ECTS
By using specialist literature this course provides an overview of the clinical picture of psychosomatic disorders. Special focus is placed upon pregnancy and the post-partum period, sexuality and breastfeeding. The students develop attentiveness that enables them to recognize psychosomatic conditions. Knowledge of personality theories, emotions and stress aid them in their client relationship.
Obstetric medicine | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465501 Obstetric emergencies 1 1 SWS 1 ECTS
Part 1:
This course focuses on elaborating systematic emergency procedures in high risk pregnancy and labour, e.g. special cases of CTG interpretation, haemorrhage management, early preterm labour, life-threatening conditions and resuscitation of mother and child. This course enhances the advanced knowledge of obstetric pathologies.
Placement 5 | Work placement (BP) | Coursecode: 110465509 Integrative process 5 2 SWS 2 ECTS
In this course the learning objectives that the teaching midwife and the student have agreed on are continuously assessed. This is done by structured guided and / or supervised practice of previously learned processes and by demonstration of correct procedures and by structured feedback.
In semester 5 the course deals with the reflection of the demands on midwives in midwifery practice, preparation and reflection of the placement experience and clinical supervision on placement.

Clinical supervising: Practical experience of previously acquired theoretical knowledge:

delivery suite:
• support and care of the labouring woman
• support of the perineum
• control of the third stage of labour
• suturing the perineum or perineal tears under the supervision of a physician
• primary assessment and care of the newborn
• management of intrapartal pathologies
• emergency measures

maternity unit, nursery, breastfeeding clinic:
• care and observation of the newborn
• support and counseling of parents
• recognizing pathologies and failure to thrive
• assessment of newborn development in week one

neonatology:
• recognizing newborn pathologies
• monitoring sick and susceptible newborns
• assessment of newborn development


all settings:
• documentation
Placement 5 | Work placement (BP) | Coursecode: 110465510 Placement 5 (11 weeks) 0 SWS 15 ECTS
Practical experience of previously acquired theoretical knowledge:

delivery suite:
• support and care of the labouring woman
• support of the perineum
• control of the third stage of labour
• suturing the perineum or perineal tears under the supervision of a physician
• primary assessment and care of the newborn
• management of intrapartal pathologies
• emergency measures

maternity unit, nursery, breastfeeding clinic:
• care and observation of the newborn
• support and counseling of parents
• recognizing pathologies and failure to thrive
• assessment of newborn development in week one

neonatology:
• recognizing newborn pathologies
• monitoring sick and susceptible newborns
• assessment of newborn development


all settings:
• documentation
Quality assurance in independent midwifery | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465503 Health promotion and disease prevention in midwifery 2 SWS 2 ECTS
This workshop based seminar covers common and well-tried concepts of antenatal education and postnatal exercise. Different approaches and possibilities to organize classes are worked out and tested. Guest lecturers from different backgrounds present their approaches in theory and practice.
Quality assurance in independent midwifery | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465505 Health promotion and social medicine 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course presents the terminology of health promotion, prevention and social medicine and shows how the management cycle( analyzing, planning, implementing, evaluating) is implemented in health promotion and prevention. The importance of goals and strategies and action plans is explained and theories are illustrated by looking at best practice examples and model projects and programmes. The gender aspect is reflected in all phases. The course contents should be applicable in the personal working context.
Quality assurance in independent midwifery | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465504 QM and project management 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course teaches the principles of modern project management. It integrates theory and practice for future professional activities. The students learn the theory of project management processes and how to plan, control, organize and conduct a project. They also get to know the principles of quality management with a special focus on the most important QM systems and models in Austria and their certification processes.
Risk management in midwifery | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465507 Liability law and risk management 1 SWS 1 ECTS
In this course the most important regulations of midwifery practice are presented by using practical examples of obstetric malpractice lawsuits. The students are able to know the legal fundamentals and are able to practice without violating the law (negligence, documentation errors etc.) They are able to cope with changes of the legislation.
Elective Subjects:
Quality assurance in independent midwifery | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465512 Midwifery in an intercultural context 1 1 SWS 1 ECTS
In the world of increasing globalization intercultural competence is one of the key qualifications in health care. It requires reflection of a growing multicultural diversity in the own country as well as across the national borders. What exactly is “intercultural competence”, how can it be acquired and how can it be implemented?
This course offers a possibility to acquire intercultural knowledge, skills and perspectives by integrating own experiences, biographical competences and cultural awareness and, thus, eases the contact with foreignness and difference.
Risk management in midwifery | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465511 Premature and disabled newborns 1 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course is designed to define the role of the midwife in preterm contexts. Typical risks and pathological conditions, diagnostic procedures and management options are dealt with which enable the midwife to deliver postnatal care (technical terminology, follow-up care, nutritional advice, late complications, recognizing special needs of premature babies )

6. Semester

Bachelor paper 2 | Seminar (Se) | Coursecode: 110465605 Seminar bachelor paper 2 1 SWS 6 ECTS
This course supports the students when writing a bachelor paper about a topic relevant to midwifery practice. (Topic area analysis, limitations and delimitations, statement of the research problem, framework and guidelines, structure). The students discuss their ideas, approaches and conclusions in peers and under guidance and supervision, which enhances the process of scientific paper writing.
Placement 6 | Seminar (Se) | Coursecode: 110465606 Intergative process 6 1.75 SWS 1 ECTS
In den Lehrveranstaltungen des "Integrativen Prozesses" werden die von Studentin und lehrender Hebamme gemeinsam festgelegten Lernziele für das jeweilige Praktikum kontinuierlich evaluiert. Dies geschieht durch strukturiert angeleitetes und/oder supervidiertes Üben von zuvor erarbeiteten Handlungsabläufen und/oder Demonstration korrekter Vorgehensweisen und strukturiertem Feedback.
Im 6. Semester besteht der INP schwerpunktmäßig in einer Leistungsüberprüfung der Studierenden im Praxisfeld (Anamneseerhebung, Erstellung eines Behandlungsplanes, Geburtsbetreuung und Wochenbettvisite unter Prüfungsbedingungen).

Schwangerenambulanz
- Durchführen von Vorsorgeuntersuchungen
- differentialdiagnostische Maßnahmen zur Erkennung regelwidriger
Verläufe
- Durchführen und Reflektieren von Beratungssituationen
- Erstellen eines Behandlungsplanes

Kreißsaal-Begleitung und Leitung von Geburten
- CTG-Beurteilung
- Durchführen von Dammschutz
- Leitung der Plazentarperiode
- Erstversorgung des Neugeborenen
- Vorgehen bei Regelwidrigkeiten während der Geburt
- Einüben von Notfallmaßnahmen

Geburtshaus, Hausgeburtspraktikum
- Reflexion und Fallbesprechung

Wochenstation/Kinderzimmer, Geburtshaus
- Grund- und Behandlungspflege von Wöchnerinnen
- Planung und Durchführung von Wochenbettvisiten
- Stillanleitung und Brustpflege
- Neugeborenenpflege und –beobachtung
- Anleitung und Beratung der Eltern

Alle Einsatzorte
- Dokumentation

In this course the learning objectives that the teaching midwife and the student have agreed on are continuously assessed. This is done by structured guided and / or supervised practice of previously learned processes and by demonstration of correct procedures and by structured feedback.
In semester 6 the course focuses on assessment of the student on placement (history taking, treatment planning, labour assistance, childbed visits under examination conditions)

antenatal clinic:
• carrying out antenatal examinations
• diagnostic measures to recognize pathologies
• carrying out and reflection of consultations

delivery suite – midwifery-assisted and midwifery-led births:
• CTG assessment
• support of the perineum
• control of the third stage of labour
• primary assessment and care of the newborn
• management of intrapartal pathologies
• emergency measures

birth house, home births:
• reflection and case discussion

maternity unit, nursery:
• basic and nursing care of the puerperal woman
• planning and carrying out of childbed visits
• breastfeeding support and breast care
• care and observation of the newborn
• support and counseling of parents


all settings:
• documentation
Placement 6 | Work placement (BP) | Coursecode: 110465607 Placement 6 (12 weeks) 0 SWS 17 ECTS
Practical experience of previously acquired theoretical knowledge:

antenatal clinic:
• carrying out antenatal examinations
• diagnostic measures to recognize pathologies
• carrying out and reflection of consultations



delivery suite – midwifery-assisted and midwifery-led births:
• CTG assessment
• support of the perineum
• control of the third stage of labour
• primary assessment and care of the newborn
• management of intrapartal pathologies
• emergency measures

birth house, home births:
• reflection and case discussion

maternity unit, nursery:
• basic and nursing care of the puerperal woman
• planning and carrying out of childbed visits
• breastfeeding support and breast care
• care and observation of the newborn
• support and counseling of parents


all settings:
• documentation

• guided practical application of previously studied processes
• demonstration of correct procedures
• reflection of the commonly used skills and procedures
• structured feedback and final assessment
Quality assurance in independent midwifery | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465604 Organization of the freelance midwifery business 1 SWS 1 ECTS
In this course the students acquire the fundamental prerequisites to set up their own business as a freelance midwife (business and fiscal management).
Quality assurance in independent midwifery | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465603 Project work in social networks 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course deals with the history and theory of social work and uses casework to deal with individual cases. Special attention is given to issues such as pregnancy and birth in mental illness, addiction, teenage mothers, multiple problem families, and disabled women. The course gives and overview of institutional services.
Risk management in midwifery | Integrated course (iL) | Coursecode: 110465601 Obstetric emergencies 2 1 SWS 1 ECTS
Part 2:
This course focuses on elaborating systematic emergency procedures for managing high-risk pregnancy and labour, e.g. special cases of CTG interpretation, haemorrhage management, early preterm labour, life-threatening conditions and resuscitation of mother and child. This course enhances the advanced knowledge of obstetric pathologies.
Risk management in midwifery | Seminar (Se) | Coursecode: 110465602 Prevention and intervention in labour 2 SWS 2 ECTS
This course integrates the key competences of maternity care during labour. The students repeat selected contents and aspects of labour care and measures to prevent pathological progress(e.g. positioning in malpresentations of the fetal head, vertical versus horizontal birth positions, manangement of death and bereavement in the labour room). The course aims at complementing the labour management skills portfolio by the most recent evidence-based findings.
Elective Subjects:
Quality assurance in independent midwifery | Seminar (Se) | Coursecode: 110465609 Midwifery in an intercultural context 2 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course helps to gain understanding of the specific aspects of women’s health in a global context. The students discuss women’s health reports, gender studies, health promotion and prevention, and good practice examples. The course focuses on aspects of ethnomedicine in maternity care and on sexual and reproductive health and midwifery practice in different sociocultural contexts and integrates information about international organizations, initiatives and networks as well as international examples of midwifery practice.
Risk management in midwifery | Seminar (Se) | Coursecode: 110465608 Premature and disabled newborns 1 1 SWS 1 ECTS
This course focuses on the disabled newborn. Support group initiatives (e.g. Down syndrome, cardiovascular malformation, cleft palate and cleft lip, kidney and urogenital malformation, intersexuality, “living without models”) are presented which enable the future midwives to provide efficient parental advice.
This course aims at a critical examination of the issue of special newborns and disabled newborns and provides specialist background information on children with special needs and their parents and for perinatal interdisciplinary collaboration.