Learning Objectives

  1. Compare one’s own emotional and cognitive reactions to three case studies.
  2. Summarize some themes in the sociocultural context of conception, pregnancy, and childbirth.
  3. Recognize important mechanisms of reproductive genetics.
  4. Analyze the ways that humans try to get control over conception and pregnancy.
  5. Summarize the major stages of fetal development.
  6. Describe the special challenges faced by premature and low-birth-weight newborns and newborns with congenital anomalies.
  7. Give examples of different circumstances under which people become parents.
  8. Give examples of risk factors and protective factors in conception, pregnancy, and childbirth.
  9. Apply knowledge of conception, pregnancy, and childbirth to recommend guidelines for social work engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation.