Antenatal Care - SWCH9014

Faculty: Faculty of Medicine

School: School of Women's and Children's Health

Course Outline:

Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 0

Enrolment Requirements:

Women's Health Medicine program only (7014 & 9014)

CSS Contribution Charge: 3 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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This course aims to examine the issues involved in delivering a high standard of clinical care to the pregnant woman with a particular emphasis on critical evidence-based analysis of current care systems and standards of care. The overall impact of pregnancy on a woman's life course, including our evolving understanding of pregnancy as a "stress test" for life and the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHAD), will also be examined. It is likely to be most relevant to those working primarily in a reproductive health setting-in particular doctors in postgraduate training, primary care physicians and family planning practitioners as well as midwives, nurses, sexual health physicians, counsellors and scientists with a special interest in this field.

This Course will cover the following topics:
  • Pregnancy preparation/Pre-pregnancy care
  • Early pregnancy care
  • Antenatal screening
  • The pregnant woman in society
  • Late pregnancy care
  • Complicated pregnancy: maternal
  • Complicated pregnancy: fetal
  • Pregnancy as a stress test for life/Developmental Origins of Health and Disease

Course Aims
This course aims to examine the issues inherent in the delivery of a high standard of antenatal care with particular emphasis on appropriate antenatal testing and the management of problems during pregnancy so as to maximise health outcomes for both the woman and her infant.

Learning Outcomes
At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to:
  • Investigate and critically appraise current systems and components of pregnancy care
  • Apply theory to the provision of appropriate, evidence-based and woman-centred pregnancy care, including addressing the lifelong impact of pregnancy complications and the impact of pregnancy and motherhood on a woman's emotional and social health
  • Recognise the woman who is not appropriate for routine care and undertake referral to appropriate specialist care
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