Maternal Health Nursing

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Course Level: 
Third Year
Course Code: 
Course Outline: 

§  Course Credit Hours: 3/ Theory

§  Prerequisite:  Adult Health Nursing (II)

§  Course Category: Department Requirement

Instructors & Revised by:      10/8/2014  -  16/8/2015

Name, Title: Shurouq Qadous RN, MSN

§           Phone Office: + 97092342902 Ext. 2581

§  Name, Title: Dr Eman Alshawish,  RN, MSN, PhD

§  Phone Office: +970 92342902 extension: 2583

§  Email:

Course Description

The theory course provides opportunities for the students to acquire adequate knowledge base in the area of reproductive health, and gynecologic and neonatal nursing utilizing knowledge from the biophysical sciences, humanities, growth and development, problem solving and the nursing process: to promote, and maintain, health of individual’s families and groups with needs related to reproductive health, and safe motherhood. Common gynecological and neonatal problems are also introduced with an expanded knowledge related to women’s health issues. The course includes the study of obstetrics and the nursing care of women during various phases of child-bearing.  

Intended Learning Outcomes and Competences; 

a. Knowledge and Understanding 

a1. Identify the structures and functions of the female reproductive system.

a2. Identify the reasons why women enter the health care delivery system, including preconception care.

a3. Clarify the components of taking a woman’s history and performing a physical examination.

a4. Describe expanded roles for nurses in genetics and genetic counseling.

a5. Explain the following,

     - The process of fertilization.

    -  The development, structure, and functions of the placenta.

    -  The composition and functions of the amniotic fluid.

    -  The three organs or tissues arising from each of the three primary germ layers.

a6. Clarify gravidity and parity by using the five – and two – digit systems.

a7. Explain the;

   - Various types of pregnancy tests

  -  Expected maternal anatomic and physiologic adaptations to pregnancy for each body system.

  -  Presumptive, probable, and positive signs of pregnancy.

a8. Explain recommended maternal weight gain during pregnancy.

a9. Explain five factors that affect the labor process.

a10. Clarify the nursing role in the management of the discomfort of a woman in labor.

a11. Explain the baseline FHR and evaluate periodic changes.

a12. Describe the anatomic and physiologic changes that occur during the postpartum period.

a13. Explain the purpose and components of the Apgar score.

a14. Differentiate between;

 - The types of diabetes mellitus and their respective risk factors in pregnancy.

a15.  Differentiate;

 - The defining characteristic of gestational hypertension, preeclampsia and eclampsia, and chronic         hypertension.

 - Among the causes, signs and symptoms, possible complications, and management of early                  pregnancy bleeding and late pregnancy bleeding.

a16. Differentiate between preterm labor, PROM, post term.

a17. Discuss obstetric emergencies and their appropriate management.

a18. Identify the causes, signs and symptoms, and medical and nursing management of postpartum     hemorrhage, Postpartum infections, Postpartum Psychologic.

a19. List the common causes of infertility

a20. Discuss the menopause, signs and symptoms.

A21. Discuss the osteoporosis, signs and symptoms and treatment

B- Intellectual Skills.

b1. Compare the various methods of contraception

b2. Compare the signs and symptoms among common menstrual disorders

b3. Interpret testing techniques required for diagnosis of pregnancy

b4. Demonstrate the gravidity and parity by using the five – and two – digit systems (giving example).

b5. Demonstrate the estimation date of birth (expected date of delivery).

b6. Compare FHR monitoring performed by intermittent auscultation with external and internal monitoring through giving examples for both of them. 

C- General and transferable skills

c1. Independently learning.

c2. Educational Video for demonstration main subjects (fetal circulation, fetal development, delivery process, ect...).

Teaching Resources

-       Lectures

-       Discussions – Research activity

-       Audio – visual aids e.g. educational films.

-       Moodle 

Teaching Resources

-       Lectures

-       Discussions – Research activity

-       Audio – visual aids e.g. educational films.

-   Assignment Criteria

  • First exam


  • Second exam          


  • Moodle Assignment (Research activity)


  • Final exam




Textbook and References:

Lowdermilk, D., Perry, S., Cashion, K. (2010). Maternity Nursing (8thed.). Mosby,Inc.  (health and nutrition educational, instructional, tutorials and training)

Perry, S., Hockenberry, M., Lowdermilk, D., Wilson,D.(2014). Maternal Child Nursing Care (8thed.). Mosby, Inc.