Midwifery: NURS 1060: Normal Pregnancy and Childbirth: Assignment 1

Assessment 1: Essay - First Antenatal Appointment

You will need to write an essay responding to a scenario about a woman attending her first antenatal appointment:

You are attending the 1st antenatal (booking in) appointment with a COCE woman. Consider the care that should be provided to the woman at this 1st appointment to establish a common knowledge base with and in relation to the woman’s history and context, optimal communication & a process from which future care will be provided.

In your essay, you will explain the importance of the first antenatal appointment with particular attention to:

  1. Gathering health history (acknowledging woman’s social & cultural context).
  2. Providing education surrounding ‘routine antenatal tests’ (1st trimester).
  3. Providing education surrounding screening test for chromosomal abnormalities (first trimester only).

 This page will help you find information resources to support your argument. Please refer the learnonline course site for full assessment instructions and marking rubric.

1. Understand the task

View the Student Engagement Unit's Academic Skills website for help planning your assignment and making sense of the assignment and instruction words.

2. Plan your search

Start by identifying the concepts (main ideas) from your assignment topic prior to searching. Then consider alternative words for each.

As this assignment asks multiple questions, you should perform a search for each sub question. Use the common concepts plus one or more question-specific concept. 


For example, for the common concept:

First, identify the concept common to each question in the assignment

Concepts Alternative Keywords
antenatal appointment prenatal appointment


education, discussion, inform, interact

​Now do the same for the concepts unique to the sub-questions.

Concepts Alternative Keywords
health history medical history
culture ethnicity, religion
routine testing non-invasive prenatal testing, NIPT
chromosomal testing

 chromosomal abnormality screening, Chorionic villus sampling, CVS, amniocentesis, routine screening, first trimester combined screening, FTCS

3. Combine Concepts

Now use AND and OR to combine the keywords in your common concepts; plus one or more sub-question concepts:

antenatal OR ante-natal OR prenatal OR pre-natal

discuss OR communicate OR communication OR inform OR information OR educate OR education OR interact OR interaction

chromosome test OR  chromosomal abnormality screening OR Chorionic villus sampling OR CVS OR amniocentesis OR routine screening OR first trimester combined screening OR FTCS

4. Simplify

You can also add truncation, wildcards and phrase symbols

This will help you save time and get relevant results.

finds any 1 or 0 letters any where in a word. E.g. p?ediatric finds paediatric and pediatric

* finds any number of letters at the end of a word. E.g. pregnan* finds pregnant, pregnancy, pregnancies etc


Use these symbols to simplify your search string, then you are ready to begin searching:

ante?natal OR pre?natal

discuss* OR communicat* OR inform* OR educat* OR interact*

"chromosom* test*" OR  "chromosom* abnormality screen*" OR "chorionic villus sampling" OR CVS OR amniocentesis OR "routine screen*" OR "first trimester combined screen*" OR FTCS

5. Find Journal Articles

Journals are the primary medium for scholarly communication and account for a large percentage of university research output.

If searching a database on Ovid (Medline, Embase, Emcare etc) use the advanced search, and enter each line one at a time. You can then use the search history to combine your searches:

5b. Search the catalogue

In the Library Catalogue:

  1. Do a search using the keywords you have identified
  2. Look at the left menu called 'Tweak my results'
  3. Tick the box to show only Peer reviewed articles
  4. In the date field, select the years you want to look at
  5. When you're done, click the 'Apply Filters' button


Here is more information on how to Find Journal articles for your Assignment.

5c. Use your textbook

7. Evaluate Resources

You need to use credible references for this Assessment.

Credible references are articles from peer reviewed journals that are of high quality and can be used to support arguments that you are presenting. Articles in peer reviewed journals must go through an evaluation process with experts in the field before being published. The term refereed is also used.

The terms scholarly and academic are also sometimes used to indicate quality journals.

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8. Write your essay

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9. Referencing

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