Miscarriage, Abortion, Stillbirth and Neonatal Death (SE)

Course numberB3.06690.40.020
Course codeToFehl
Semester of degree program Semester 4
Mode of delivery Presencecourse
ECTS credits1,0
Language of instruction German

According to European Union Standards for Nursing and Midwifery (Vgl. FH-Heb-AV StF: BGBl. II Nr. 1/2006 (Version 2016) gynecological and obstetric pathology is a part of the training programme for obtaining evidence of formal qualifications in midwifery. During their internships students are ask asked to observe pathological situations and to help and react appropriatly to their educational level. The training program for obtaining evidence of formal qualifications in midwifery also includes knowledge about analgesia, anaesthesia and resuscitation, pathology of gynaecology, obstetrics and the newborn infant.
Midwives are trained to recognize the warning signs of abnormality in the mother or infant which necessitate referral to a doctor and assisting the latter where appropriate; taking the necessary emergency measures in the doctor's absence. Additionally midwives shall examine and care for the new-born infant; taking all initiatives which are necessary in case of need and carrying out where necessary immediate resuscitation; another part of midwifery training consists of caring and monitoring the progress of the mother in the post-natal period and giving all necessary advice to the mother on infant care to enable her to ensure the optimum progress of the new-born infant;

In this class students shall get trained for special traumatic situations like loss of a child during pregnancy, birth and in the neonatal period. Based on numerous case studies and the opportunity for discussion and reflection, the students shall see the subject of death as an important part of midwifery and shall get familiarized with this topic. In addition to the sensitive handling of the mother, the parents, the child and the family. Students shall examine their own experience with death and how to avoid speechlessness in this difficult situation.


Miscarriage, intrauterine fetal death, neonatal death, labor induction with unfavorable diagnoses of fetal survival, reduction of children in multiple pregnancies, feticide, unexpected death, anonymous birth , adoption, religious and cultural differences in dealing with death, histological examination or autopsy, insurance and socio-legal aspects , caring for orphans, flashbacks, personal education and self-care consultation

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Lecture supported by images, field trips to the Institute of Pathology (adoption space, dealing with dead children), visual aids, team building