Facilitating Normal Birth

Within a climate of increasing technology and intervention surrounding the birthing environment, this module provides practitioners with the opportunity to critically analyse and evaluate current practice and evidence surrounding the facilitation of normal birth. This will foster increasing expertise and innovative leadership skills for promoting normality within the birthing continuum. This module can be taken as a stand- alone option for professional development or as part of the MSc in Maternal and Women’s Reproductive Health.

Module Code MW7026
Level 7
Credits 20
Cost Contact Admissions


The aims of the module are: 

  • For students to become experts in current midwifery practice in supporting normal birth for women, their partners and families. This will be supported by students critically analysing and evaluating current research and applying evidence-based practice in the clinical environment. 
  • For students to develop leadership skills in fostering a positive culture to develop vision and innovation strategies for promoting normality within the birthing continuum.


By the end of the module, you will be able to:

  • Critically appraise the current midwifery organisational culture and challenges for promoting normality within the birthing environment. 
  • Critically examine and evaluate the current situation in relation to home versus hospital births. 
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the need for an empowering culture within the birthing environment for women and health professionals. 
  • Critically analyse and evaluate the evidence for the use of homeopathy and complementary therapies in labour. 
  • Critically evaluate the evidence base for alternative approaches to coping mechanisms and pain management i.e. hypno-birthing and water birth. 
  • Critically examine and evaluate the evidence for the use of positions to promote normal birth. 
  • Critically evaluate current midwifery culture towards facilitation of a positive environment for early responsive feeding. 
  • Critically appraise and apply leadership skills to foster a change in culture, including innovation strategies for developing normality within the birthing continuum

KSF – Core Dimensions

This module contributes to the following core dimensions: 
1 Communication
2 Personal and People Development
3 Health, Safety and Security 
4 Service Improvement
5 Quality
6 Equality and Diversity


For further information on the module, 
please contact:

For application information, 
please contact:

Gillian Hughes
Module Leader
Faculty of Health and Social Care
University of Chester
Riverside Campus
Castle Drive
Chester CH1 1SL

T: 01244 512269
E: g.hughes@chester.ac.uk

Health and Social Care Admissions
University of Chester
Parkgate Road
Chester CH1 4BJ

T: 01244 511000
E: hscadmissions@chester.ac.uk