Prepare for and support childbirth

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver HLTAHW058, 'Prepare for and support childbirth'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements define the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria specify the level of performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Plan and support culturally safe birthing for women and their families

1.1 Identify local birthing practices and cultural beliefs and discuss with women in planning and advocating for culturally appropriate and safe birthing options

1.2 Discuss roles, relationships and responsibilities to support culturally safe birthing, including the role of the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Worker as an advocate for women and families

1.3 Discuss and identify signs of onset of labour and support women to attend the planned place of birth as required

1.4 Provide physical and emotional support to women as appropriate during childbirth and the immediate post-partum period

1.5 Support women and their families to take a self-care approach in line with individual needs to organisation and community requirements

1.6 Maintain referral and communication networks with medical staff, specialist obstetricians, midwives, allied health staff, birthing facilities and female community Elders regarding culturally safe birthing options and services

2. Prepare and deliver safe birthing

2.1 Maintain emergency delivery bundles and instructions in isolated community settings

2.2 Identify signs and symptoms of imminent unexpected childbirth

2.3 Seek urgent professional assistance and advice with birthing as necessary

2.4 Prepare to manage untimely birth in a community or home setting using the best available resources

2.5 Identify helpers and allocate tasks as appropriate based on experience and knowledge

2.6 Prepare appropriate equipment and medication

2.7 Institute basic management of second and third stages of labour, if needed

2.8 Undertake initial management of post-partum haemorrhage according to emergency care guidelines and organisational protocols, as well as other common birthing emergencies

2.9 Arrange safe evacuation in consultation with medical or midwifery staff if required and as per organisation procedures

3. Monitor and evaluate care

3.1 Monitor care of individual women after birth according to organisation procedures

3.2 Regularly update client files with birthing and postnatal details according to organisation procedures and policies

3.3 Review progress and outcomes in consultation with pregnant woman

3.4 Maintain registers of women undergoing postnatal care according to organisation policies and procedures

3.5 Keep schedules of participation in antenatal care and use to organise continuing care according to woman’s needs

3.6 Organise transport and other assistance as required to women post-birth

3.7 Supervise other staff participating in provision of birthing practices

3.8 Maintain referral and communication networks with medical staff, specialist obstetricians, midwives, allied health staff, birthing facility staff and female community Elders

3.9 Keep statistics for birthing outcomes and use to evaluate maternal health programs