UCC CPD courses

Maternity Critical Care


Fact File

  • Title

    Maternity Critical Care

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    See below.

  • Teaching Mode

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

  • Fees

    €1000 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Registered Midwives or Registered General Nurses. See Requirements section below for more details on entry requirements. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    5th July 2019

  • Venue

    Cork University Maternity Hospital

  • Credits


  • Start Date

    See Additional Teaching Mode Information for dates


This is a module for midwives providing care to women with complex or high risk pregnancies, it is designed to advance midwives’ knowledge and skills in maternity critical care or to practice within a Maternity Critical Care setting.   Undertaking this module will prepares midwives to critically explore the management of the critically ill childbearing woman in order to develop and expand their role within maternity or critical care environment.

Core areas addressed are:

Introduction to maternity critical care; pregnancy complications requiring critical care: Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Renal, Neurological.  Assessment and management of fluids and electrolytes; co-morbidities, associated pharmacology; principles of monitoring;; use of the biomedical technology,

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Exhibit an ability to critically reflect on the application of maternity critical care skills
  • Critically evaluate evidence based practice in context to maternity critical care practice
  • Demonstrate knowledge of relevant anatomy and physiology pertaining to the respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, system in pregnant and postpartum women.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and respond appropriately to deterioration in a critically ill pregnant or postpartum woman.
  • Demonstrate competence in assessing, planning implementing and evaluating care for critically ill pregnant or postpartum woman.
  • Discuss various treatment modalities for critically ill maternity women.

Topics included are as follows:

Principles of maternity critical care, pathways of care, impact of co-morbidities, recognition of deterioration of maternity patient, escalating and deescalating care, assessment, monitoring and management of childbearing women who are critically unwell.  Physiological adaptations of pregnancy and how they impact on critical illness. Clinically evaluation and management of both pregnancy-specific and other conditions associated with pregnancy requiring critical care admission.


Additional Teaching Mode Information

Orientation Friday 30th August 2019 09.00-18.00


Class dates for 2019/20: 

Class Date Venue 

Wednesday 9 Oct 2019


Wednesday 23 Oct 2019


Wednesday 6 Nov 2019


Wednesday 20 Nov 2019


Wednesday 4 December 2019




The module will be delivered in Cork University Maternity Hospital under the direction of experts in maternity critical care.  Assessment consists of a Presentation, Case study and the completion of a Clinical Competency Workbook.

Applicants will be required to complete the Clinical Competency Workbook in their own work environment.  Evidence of support for this learning must be available at the time of application. 


This module is open to Registered Midwives and Registered General Nurses ONLY, with evidence of current registration the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). 

This module will not necessarily run unless minimum recruitment targets of 10 students are achieved. Subject to timetable restrictions, students may  additional CPD modules per annum to a maximum of 15 credits.

Applicants who are under 23 years of age must satisfy the minimum entry requirements as for the Degrees in 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.

Those who complete this module may be eligible to apply for exemptions from other courses if similar or relevant to existing modules on other programmes, if taken within a five year time frame, if judged relevant and to a maximum of 15 credits.

Fees and Costs

The fee for this module is €900 with an application fee of €35.

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.

Please note that there are a limited number of places on each course and if the module is oversubscribed, preference will be allocated given to nurses and midwives working in the South/South West Hospital Group area.