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Block 2: Intrapartum Physical Assessment

Started Jan 1, 2021
0.5 credits

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Full course description

ASM Block 2

Course Description: This course is designed for students to gain a thorough understanding of the structures most involved with labor and delivery: the pelvis, the uterus, and the fetal skull. Students learn the anatomy of the soft and bony structures of the pelvis, how they adapt to the process of labor and how the midwife evaluates the presentation and progression of the fetal skull through these structures. The structure of the fetal skull is reviewed in detail including how it adapts to the pelvis during labor, cardinal movements of the baby during labor and how these factors may affect the progress of labor. Students also learn how the midwife identifies and evaluates malpresentation.

This course uses current research in midwifery and obstetrics to broaden the student’s understanding of the NARM skills and MEAC essential competencies learned under clinical supervision.

Learning Objectives

Learning objectives are identified through the linking of MEAC Essential Competencies and the NCM Degree Qualification Profile.

Learning Activities


Intrapartum Courses

Read, listen to, watch assigned lesson materials.

Submit a written summary of current research.

Complete oral and/or written formative didactic assessments with a final summative submission.

Identify and cite high-quality sources.

Use articulated reasoning while participating in an oral presentation, facilitated discussions and skills demonstrations.

Optional: Participate in a skills demonstration and/or role playing activity.

Analyze a case study.

Create an infographic, handout, and/or community resource.

Optional: Develop a study aid.

Complete a final exam.

Note: The clinical requirement of NARM/Clinical Skills is completed at any time throughout the ASM apprenticeship during actual clinical practice and is NOT a requirement to complete this academic course. Typical clinical manifestations of knowledge learned in this course are identified in the learning objective document above.