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Midwifery Examination of the Newborn

This course aims to produce knowledgeable and skilled professionals, equipping them to meet the requirements of a rapidly changing neonatal service. The course will prepare midwives to undertake the examination of the normal newborn baby as screening for abnormality.


Course overview

  • Anatomy and physiology of general systems: heart, lungs, CNS, skeletal, endocrine, gastro-intestinal
  • Review of transition to extra-uterine life
  • Normal morphology of the neonate
  • Congenital defects and abnormalities
  • Genetics overview - common chromosomal abnormalities
  • Common neonatal Infections - identification of infected baby
  • Screening and method of examination, recognition of the abnormal
  • Communication issues: giving feedback to parents referral and communication to a multidisciplinary team
  • Sociological influences - cultural and familial
  • Neonatal behavioural and family issues
  • Professional issues; including enhanced role, autonomy and advocacy issues, NMC responsibilities, legal aspects.

Award: Cert, Post-Registration
Level: Short Course, CPD
Delivery: Campus
Study Mode: Part time
Duration: 28 weeks
Campus: Preston
Start Date: October

Entry Requirements

The course is open to all professionals who are currently involved in providing care for neonates and may include neonatal nurses, midwives and doctors.


This course is based in the School of Nursing and Midwifery

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