Childbirth is a biopsychosocial process - a physiological process, but one which is always socially and culturally shaped and managed, and which forms a major social and emotional event in the lives of individual women, families and communities.
From this perspective, we examine changes in midwifery that have occurred historically and in recent years in response to social and cultural influences and changes, in the UK and internationally. These include policy directions, the formal or professional status of midwifery and the social and cultural contexts in which midwives work to support women in pregnancy, birth and the transition to parenthood.
Who is it for?
This course is suitable for midwives with practice experience from a range of nationalities and cultures – and may also be of interest to non-midwives with an interest in midwifery or childbirth and maternity care, from a historical, anthropological or sociological perspective.
The total learning hours for this course are 150, which includes 30 hours of scheduled sessions, two hours of individual tutorial time and 118 hours of independent study.
There is a weekly timetabled session but much of the teaching online is asynchronous and flexible.
Please see course timetable for more details.
By participating in this course, you will hone your skills in critical analysis and discussion of your own experience of midwifery and maternity care, as well as wider issues relating to policy, practice and the status of the midwifery profession.
This courseis worth 15 academic credits at QAA Level 7.
This course is worth 15 credits toward eligible programmes.