Examination of the Newborn

Key information

Course Leader: Debbie Sharp

Level: 7

Credits: 30

Start date:

Learner Hours: Scheduled Hours - 28, Independent Hours - 272

School: Health & Social Work

Available places: 25


  • 05/10/2022

Fees and Funding


The price quoted above is per 30 credits and relates to students assessed as UK/home self-funded for fee purposes. Prices may differ for students that are assessed as EU Overseas/Overseas. Fees status will normally stay with the student for the remainder of their course. Here you can find further details along with, costs and when your fees need to be paid. You may be able to obtain a Post Graduate student loan, for which you must sign up for the whole MSc programme and not just individual modules or a Post Graduate Diploma, further details can be found at Gov.uk Master’s Loan

Entry Requirements

Students must be able to undertake newborn examinations in a clinical environment  Students may wish to purchase their own stethoscope.

The module forms part of a broader CPD framework which can lead to the award of MSc Midwifery & Women's Health.


Course Overview

This course aims to provide the skills and knowledge required to undertake the neonatal discharge examination of newborn babies. It provides special skills development for midwives who, intend to give holistic, midwifery led care and adopts a multi-professional approach both in its delivery and assessment. A good degree of assertiveness and organisational skills will be required.  

This is a 30-credit module that is predominantly practice based. You will learn the skills and knowledge that are required to undertake the neonatal discharge examination of newborn babies. Midwives undertaking the module will be taught in clinical practice by Consultant / Registrar paediatricians /neonatologists and skills development will be further supported by lecturers from the University and Trust-based NIPE practitioners. 


Learning outcomes


1. Critically evaluate, synthesise and systematically apply the evidence underpinning neonatal anatomy and physiology relevant to the physical examination of the newborn baby and neonatal resuscitation. 

2. Critically evaluate the effectiveness of local / national guidance and standards that relate to the physical examination of the newborn, health promotion and their relevance to the professional and legal responsibilities of the midwife. 

3. Critically analyse the theories underpinning neonatal behaviour. 

4. Critically analyse the factors that impact on perinatal morbidity and mortality. 

5. Critically analyse the psychological perspectives relating to parent−baby interaction and attachment. 


Skills and Attributes: 

1. Undertake a systematic identification of the relevant factors within the medical history, antenatal and intrapartum periods prior to conducting a comprehensive physical examination of the newborn baby whilst demonstrating the ability to exercise initiative and personal responsibility in professional practice. 

2. Demonstrate appropriate and effective communication skills with parents, family members and professional colleagues in relation to the present condition, future development and any referral needs of the newborn even in complex situations. 

3. Discuss appropriate information regarding health promotion and supportive strategies in relation to the future health of the newborn baby in partnership with the woman and her family. 

4. Demonstrate awareness of the ethical, cultural, religious and psychosocial issues which impact upon neonatal care and facilitate a supportive environment in which women can explore their feelings and anxieties. 


What our students say:

Honed my skills, knowledge and confidence in examining a newborn                      

“Excellent tutors/teachers”


There are two parts to the assessment: 

A written element worth 100% of the mark 

A pass/fail practice-based logbook