This postgraduate course is founded on a debate about the unique normality of each mother/baby pair, located in the wider societal, cultural, political economic context. It is an approach which takes the debate beyond birth itself, and into areas of areas of culture, political economy and community well-being. Authoritative forms of evidence, such as randomised controlled trials, are balanced with newer insights into childbirth, such as narrative research, and storytelling.
The course is rooted in clinical practice, in women's experiences, and in the experiential knowledge of independent practitioners, as well as in the students own clinical experiences and insights. If you join the course, you will be encouraged to move beyond traditional binaries (good/bad, normal birth/caesarean, midwives/doctors) and into a more complex, and hopefully more fruitful analysis of your own clinical situation. This will include discussions and analysis of the barriers and promoters of normality in your setting and your personal practice, as well as that of your fellow students. It also includes discussion of national and international contexts.
Normal Birth: Evidence and Debate is taught by internationally respected researchers and by practitioners at the cutting edge of research and practice in the area of normal birth, and it includes insights from service users.
Short Course / CPD
Full time and Part time
School of Community Health and Midwifery
No Partner College
Varies: usually April each year.
This module includes knowledge development in and philosophical and theoretical reflection on the following areas, in the context of childbirth and maternal and infant wellbeing:
Taught sessions include leading international researchers in this area from within the department of midwifery studies, and sessions led by external clinical experts, including those with expertise in designing innovative systems of delivering care within the NHS, and an independent midwife who discusses the fluid parameters of normality when a birth takes place outside the authoritative knowledge of hospital based birth. The course also includes a reflective session with service users.
You will be required to produce a 5000 word synthesised case study comprising accounts of least three women attended in labour, including a final theory-driven synthesis, using the knowledge you have developed during the module.
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For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.
School of Health
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839
After May 2016, please note this course will next be held in 2017/18. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.