UCC CPD courses

Preparation for Birth and Parenthood Facilitation


Fact File

  • Title

    Preparation for Birth and Parenthood Facilitation

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    Attendance on 6 days 13th and 14th November 2019 11th and 12th December 2019 15th and 16th January 2020

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Fees

    €400 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    5th July 2019

  • Venue

    Either CUMH or UCC, to be confirmed.

  • Credits



This programme is designed for registered midwives, public health nurses and physiotherapists who wish to develop or advance their skills in the provision of antenatal education programmes to prospective parents. 

Core areas addressed are:

  • Presentation Development
  • Facilitative sessions with multidisciplinary experts
  • Hands on practical workshops.

Aim:  To develop knowledge, skill and competence in the facilitation of education for birth and parenthood in the current health care environment.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to:

  • Design and facilitate a course of antenatal and parenthood education
  • Develop teaching and learning strategies that can be used to attract and inform a group of prospective parents
  • Critically analyse a range of teaching and facilitation skills to make learning effective for prospective parents
  • Develop skills to evaluate courses for prospective parents for use in different learning environments
  • Critically reflect on own practice; develop personal goals, and a professional career plan.

Topics included are as follows:  Facilitation skills, group dynamics, teaching and learning strategies, promotion, protection and support of normal birth, preparation for parenthood, multiculturalism, preparation of teenagers for birth and parenthood, loss and grief, presentation skills, reflection, evaluation techniques.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

The module is delivered over 6 days and consists of 36 theory and practical hours.


Orientation date: Friday 30th August 2019 09.00-18.00


Class dates for 2019/20: 

13th and 14th November 2019

11th and 12th December 2019

15th and 16th January 2020


Assessment and Evaluation:  

Students will engage in developing an independent presentation on the facilitation of birth and parenthood and preparation.

Total Marks: 100 includes an Oral Presentation (70 marks) and a 1,000 word written assignment (30 marks).


Open to registered health care professionals in Nursing, Midwifery, Public Health Nursing and or Physiotherapists ONLY.

Places on these modules are limited and are offered to applicants from the HSE South/South West Hospital Group or Community Health Organisation Area 4 in the first instance. Any remaining places may be offered to applicants not from these organisations.

Applicants who are practising health care professionals must provide evidence of current registration with the relevant professional regulatory body.

Applicants who are under 23 years of age must satisfy the minimum entry requirements as for the Degrees in Nursing or Midwifery, as set out here

Admission to the module(s) will be subject to internal university approval processes on the recommendation of the Head of School.

Applicants for Nursing and Midwifery CPD modules who do not hold an up-to-date IELTS certificate showing the requisite Academic Board approved CM&H scores must demonstrate evidence of appropriate work experience within an English language environment for at least the previous 2 years.

These modules will not necessarily run unless minimum recruitment targets of 10 students are achieved.

Fees and Costs

The fee for this module is €400. There is also a €35 application fee.

How Do I Apply

To apply for this module please download and complete the application form below and submit with the relevant documents to:

CPD Coordinator,

Graduate Studies Office, West Wing, Main Quad, University College Cork

OR via email at cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie


Application Form:

CPD App Form School of Nursing and Midwifery

Forward this form along with the:

  • Application fee,
  • A passport sized photograph and
  • Any other documentation requested on the form.